Conclusion to the Complete Schubert Lied Edition
May 21, 2008
The final installment of Naxos' complete 'Deutsche Schubert Lied Edition' was recorded at the end of April. The 'Deutsche Schubert Lied Edition' will ultimately present over 700 songs, set to poetry of over 115 writers, from Classical Greece, the Middle Ages and Renaissance, from eighteenth-century German authors, early Romantics, Biedermeier poets and the composer's own contemporaries.
Recorded were Schubert's Part Songs, including Hymne an den Unendlichen (D 232), Gebet (D 815) for mixed voices, Ständchen (D 920) for female voices, and Gondelfahrer (D 809) and Nachthelle (D 892) for male voices. The Part Songs, when released, will be available on three separate CDs. The musicians were sopranos Sibylla Rubens and Silke Schwarz, altos Regina Jakobi and Ingeborg Danz, tenors Markus Schäfer and Marcus Ullmann, baritone Thomas E. Bauer, bass Markus Schmidl and pianist Ulrich Eisenlohr.
Opera News, the magazine of New York's Metropolitan Opera, commented: "Eisenlohr is not only an organizer after Schubert's own heart, he's also an artistic director who knows how to match the right voice to the material. As accompanist, he plays with as fine an appreciation for detail as for rhythm and form."
Sessions took place from April 16 to 23 at Bayerischer Rundfunk in Munich, Germany. Pauline Heister and Jörg Moser were the producers. Kirsten Ermeler was the engineer.
Photos of the sessions in Munich, April 2008:
Mixed voices, from left to right: Rubens, Schäfer, Schwarz, Flaig, Danz
Male voices and pianist, from left to right: Bauer, Schäfer, Eisenlohr, Ullmann, Schmidl
Listening, from left to right: Eisenlohr, Flaig, Danz, Ullmann, Rubens