Schubertiade (2015)

Hartling, Schubert, Stegemann, Matiegka, Merz, Mayrhofer, Hantai

Julian Prégardien

For music-lovers, “Schubertiade” has become a winged word that evokes recitals featuring Romantic Lieder and chamber music. That was already the case on a December evening in 1826. The law student Franz Hartmann, originally from Wurzburg, wrote in his Vienna diary: „I went to Spaun’s, where a truly great Schubertiade took place! The list of guests was quite impressive: the Arnets, the Witteczeks, the Kurzrocks, the Pomps, the mother-in-law of state chancellery clerk Witteczek, then Frau Watteroth, Betty Wanderer, Kuppelwieser the painter and his wife, Grillparzer, Schober, Schwind, Mayrhofer along with his landlord Huber, then the tall Huber as well, Derffel, Bauernfeld, Gahy (who splendidly played piano four hands with Schubert), Vogl (who sang almost 30 wonderful songs), Baron Schlechta and a number of Imperial court clerks and secretaries were all present. Finding myself in a particularly agitated mood, I was almost moved to tears by the trio in the 5th March, which invariably reminds me of my dear, dear mother. After the music was over, we all enjoyed splendid conversation, then we danced.”Quite early on, a circle of art-loving friends had gathered around Franz Schubert, the former Vienna boarding pupil and trained schoolteacher who – unlike his father and his brother – had chosen to flee the daily pedagogical grind and its inevitable disenchantments under the Austrian Restauration to find his vocation as a freelance musician. 

The first person to coin the term “Schubertiade” for musical soirées was his friend Franz von Schober. In 1817, Schober had introduced the timid, modest composer to an artistic nature entirely different from his own: the singer Johann Michael Vogl, 24 years his senior. Tall, with a resounding, projecting, self-assured voice, Vogl left the Vienna Court Opera in November 1822 to devote himself entirely to Schubertian artsong, accompanied by none other than the composer himself. “The way he sings and I accompany him, those moments when we seem to merge and become one, are something new and undreamt-of”, Schubert wrote from Salzburg on 12 September 1825 to his brother Ferdinand. Such magical moments of congenial musicmaking must have occurred quite often at the Vienna Schubertiades, those private soirées for their circle of friends. A convivial aesthetic experience was desired by all, but it wasn’t the only reason they congregated. A Schubertiade also offered these citizens the chance to withdraw, in private, from the zealous, restrictive surveillance of the Metternich regime. With artistic means they could express their unease vis-à-vis the State’s chilling, authori- tarian apparatus while taking less risks – resorting to parables from Antiquity and painting emotional landscapes that seemed to be merely personal at first glance.

 

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Julian Prégardien

Julian Prégardien possesses one of the most distinguished profiles among the young generation of singers, enjoying widespread success in equal measure in opera, concert and Lied repertoire. Within a wide variety of styles and periods, Julian Prégardien specializes in Baroque music and Romantic artsong. He regularly collaborates with conduc- tors Christophe Rousset, René Jacobs and Kent Nagano, in productions with the Bavarian Radio Choir and the Audi Youth Choral Academy.
Julian Prégardien appears with leading European early music ensem- bles such as the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Concerto Köln and Con- certo Copenhagen, as well as with world-renowned modern orchestras such as the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Bavarian Ra- dio Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. He is invited to perform at Salzburg Festival, the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music and the Festival de Beaune (France). Furthermore, Julian Prégardien is one of the chosen soloists who will perform a number of recitals during the 2015-2016 in a cycle of the complete songs of Franz Schubert – a major joint collaboration between Wigmore Hall (Lon- don) and the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg (Austria). His first solo CD “An die Geliebte” (myrios classics, 2014) received high accolades from the international press and was nominated in 2015 for a series of distinctions, including the BBC Music Magazine Award of the Year and the International Classical Music Award (ICMA)

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Schubertiade (2015)

Hartling, Schubert, Stegemann, Matiegka, Merz, Mayrhofer, Hantai

Julian Prégardien

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Digital Converters: DAD AX24
Mastering Engineer: Stephan Cahen
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Recording location: Ev. Kirche Honrath Germay
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Die Szene ist ein Bild
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Der Wanderer
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Klage an das Volk
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Morgenlied D 685 Op. 4 Nr. 2
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Tänze Nr. 1 & 5 aus D 365 Op. 9
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Schäfers Klagelied D 121 Op. 3 Nr. 1
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Heidenröslein D 257 Op. 3 Nr. 3
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20. August 1815
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Wanderers Nachtlied D 224 Op. 4 Nr. 3
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Notturno Op. 21 - 1. Lento e patetico
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Notturno Op. 21 - 2. Zingara
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Auf dem Strom D 943 Op. posthum 119
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Sehnsucht D 516 Op. 8 Nr. 2
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Nachtviolen Op. 2
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Schwanengesang D 744 Op. 23 Nr. 3
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Auf dem Wasser zu singen D 774 Op. 72
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Lachen und Weinen D 777 Op. 59 Nr. 4
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Geheimnis. An Franz Schubert
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Nachtviolen D 752 WoO
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Ich kann die Scharade nicht erraten
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Gesänge des Harfners Op. 12 - Wer sich der Einsamkeit ergibt D 478
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Improvisation
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Gesange des Harfners Op. 12 - Wer nie sein Brot mit Tranen a? D 480
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Improvisation
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Gesänge des Harfners Op. 12 - An die Türen will ich schleichen D 479
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Menuetto & Trio aus D 894 Op. 78
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An Franz
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Ständchen (aus Schwanengesang) D 957/4 WoO
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