This album is a great introduction to the deeply amazing world of Schubert’s songs. It features a very personal collection of Schubert songs chosen by Christian Gerhaher, who has performed these songs for many years and has a profound connection to them. The album includes a detailed booklet text with a separate paragraph detailing each song.
The title of the album is “Nachtviolen”
The Lieder titles are as follows:
An den Mond in einer Herbstnacht, D614 (Schreiber)
Im Janner 1817 (Tiefes Leid) D876
Abschied D475 (Mayrhofer)
Über Wildemann D884 (Ernst Schulze)
Der Wanderer, D649 (Friedrich von Schlegel)
Der Wanderer an den Mond D870 (Seidl)
Der Zwerg, D771 (Collin)
Im Walde D834
Nach einem Gewitter D561 (Mayrhofer)
Der Schiffer D694 (F von Schlegel)
An die Nachtigall, D196 (Holty)
Totengräberweise D869 (Schlechta)
Nachtviolen D752 (Mayrhofer)
Abendlied fur die Entfernte, D856 (Schlegel)
Wehmut, D772 (Collin)
Der Strom, D565 (poet unknown)
Der Hirt D490 (Mayrhofer)
Lied eines Schiffers an die Dioskuren D360 (Mayrhofer)
Nachtgesang D314 (Kosegarten)
Der Sänger am Felsen, D482
All performed by Christian Gerhaher (baritone) and Gerold Huber (piano)
Schubert set the verse of over 100 poets to music, composing approximately 650 songs. He selected biblical texts and poetry from classical Greece, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment and the early Romantic era, the poets including Goethe, Schiller, Shakespeare, Petrarca and Heine as well as his Austrian contemporaries and friends.
About Christian Gerhaher
Christian Gerhaher’s Lied interpretations with Gerold Huber set standards – their recordings have repeatedly been highly acclaimed. The lied duo appears on the stages of major international recital venues, for instance at the Wigmore Hall in London, in the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Cologne and Berlin Philharmonie, the Konzerthaus and the Musikverein in Vienna.
Christian Gerhaher is a regular guest at the Schwetzingen Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival, the London Proms, the Edinburgh and Lucerne Festivals, the Salzburg Festival, as well as the Aspen and Tanglewood Festivals in the USA.
The Sunday Times wrote:
“Gerhaher brings his special qualities, the most beautiful lyric baritone voice of any lieder specialist I know, entirely natural and immaculate German diction, and musical and expressive insights that mark him out as one of the greatest lieder singers of any age…the entire programme is vintage Schubert and vintage Gerhaher.”
Here is Mr. Gerhaher, singing “Fischerweise” by Franz Schubert: