Schubert Lieder, orchestrated by Reger & Webern

Christian Elsner

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When it comes to songs, one need not have any qualm in describing Franz Schubert as the perfect “prolific composer.” More than 600 songs –art songs (or Lieder) with piano accompaniment, to be precise – flowed from his immensely productive quill. In fact, it is a miracle that basically defies rational argument that the quality of the pieces throughout this well-nigh unbelievable volume of work is almost consistently of the highest level. Schubert’s magnificent achievement in the field of art song has often been praised and acknowledged (and not only by musicologists), and the recordings of his songs and song cycles are legion.

This makes it all the more astonishing to discover that, to date, arrangements by other composers of these songs are grossly under-represented, both on the concert platform and in the recording studio, with but a few above-average recordings of these orchestrations in existence. Does that perhaps allow us to conclude that these versions cannot hold their own against the high level of the original? Let’s take a good look at the “arrangers”: these include composers of the calibre of Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Benjamin Britten, Hector Berlioz, and later on, Max Reger and Anton Webern. Let’s face it, none of them belong in the “Kleinmeister” (= lesser composer) category: and every single one was an excellent orchestrator. The rather indifferent interest in the orchestrations is probably due to the fact that an arrangement on the whole is not valued as highly as an original composition. 

 

 

Tracklist

1.
An die Musik (Du holde Kunst) D547
02:07
2.
Erlkonig D328
03:49
3.
Du bist die Ruhe D776
03:09
4.
Greisengesang (Der Frost hat mir bereitet) D778
06:02
5.
An den Mond D296
03:54
6.
Prometheus D674
05:09
7.
Nacht und Traume (Heilige Nacht, du sinkest nieder) D827
02:38
8.
Ges.des Harfners D478 Nr 1 Wer sich der Einsamkeit ergibt
03:52
9.
Ges.des Harfners D478 Nr2 Wer nie sein Brot mit Tranen ass
04:11
10.
Ges.des Harfners D478 Nr 3 An die Turen will ich schleichen
02:06
11.
Gruppe aus dem Tartarus D583
03:01
12.
Tranenregen D795 Nr. 10
05:35
13.
Der Wegweiser D911 Nr. 20
04:06
14.
Memnon D541
03:38
15.
Ihr Bild D957 nr. 9
02:42
16.
Litaney auf das Fest Allerseelen D343
02:41
17.
Im Abendrot D799
03:36

Total time: 01:02:16

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Producer

Job Maarse

Recording Engineer

Jean Marie Geijsen, Roger de Schot

Recording location

Haus des Rundfunks, RBB, Berlin Germany

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Recording Software

Merging

SKU

PTC5186394

Release Date December 12, 2015
SKU PTC5186394

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