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There are some gentle surprises. Das Fischermadchen is sung, more
often than not, with at least a hint of cynical detachment -- Take it
or Leave it (my Love, that is); I don't really care. But here
the singing is unimpeachably sincere. The bleak harmonic structure of Die
Stadt is generally worn on the sleeve of a performance like an exposed
wound to the soul, but here a mysterious minimalism takes over and urges
an entirely different sort of musical argument altogether.
Graham Johnson at the piano is indefatigably intelligent, sensitive and
musical. The disc includes, in addition to Schwanengesang, the five
other songs that Schubert wrote in 1828. Michael Schade sings these, and
very well done they are too, particularly Auf dem Strom in which
he counterpoints his voice with the obligato horn part that Schubert added
and Graham Johnson authentically includes.
Johnson, the real hero of this indispensable collection, plays here the
coda of Herbst and typically resists the temptation to play such
Brahmsian music in anything but a quintessentially Schubertian way.
Copyright © 30 September 2001
Peter Dale, Danbury, Essex, UK
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