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Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin song cycle

Post by Lance » Sun Aug 03, 2014 4:05 pm

[Courtesy of Wikipedia]

Die schöne Müllerin (Op. 25, D. 795) [The Fair Maid of the Mill], is a song cycle by Franz Schubert based on poems by Wilhelm Müller. It is the earliest extended song cycle to be widely performed. The work is considered one of Schubert's most important cycles, and one of the pinnacles of Lied, and it is widely performed and recorded.

Die schöne Müllerin is performed by a pianist and a solo singer. The vocal part falls in the range of a tenor or soprano voice, but is often sung by other voices, transposed to a lower range. Since the story of the cycle is about a young man, the work is most often sung by men. The piano part bears much of the expressive burden of the work, and is only seldom a mere "accompaniment" to the singer.

Another great Schubert song cycle. These are the ones I have - and enjoy completely (just about):

•Sony or RCA (both issued it separately): Fritz Wunderlich, tenor; K. H. Stoltze, piano
•Decca: Jonas Kaufmann, tenor; Helmut Deutsch, piano
•Decca: Peter Pears, tenor; Benjamin Britten, piano
•Decca: Anton Dermota, tenor; Hilda Dermota, piano
•DGG: Thomas Quasthoff, bass-baritone; Justus Zeyen, piano
•DGG: Fritz Wunderlich, tenor; Hubert Giesen, piano
•DGG: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone; Gerald Moore, piano
•EMI: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone; Gerald Moore, piano (1962)
•Philips: Gerard Souzay, baritone; Dalton Baldwin, piano
•RCA: Hakan Hagegard, baritone; Emanuel Ax, piano
•Andromeda: Julius Patzak, tenor; Walter Klien, piano
•CBC: Michael Schade, tenor; Malcolm Martineau, piano
•CBC: Lois Marshall, mezzo-soprano; Greta Kraus, piano
•Claremont or Delos: Richard Crooks, tenor; Frank LaForge, piano
•Danacord: Aksel Schiøtz, tenor; Gerald Moore, piano (r.1945)
•Elektra/Nonesuch: Sanford Sylvan, baritone; David Breitman, piano
•Hanssler: Gerard Husch, baritone; Hans Udo Muller, piano
•Hyperion: Ian Bostridge, tenor; Graham Johnson, piano
•Lys: Lotte Lehmann, soprano; Erno Balough, piano (?) *
•Nimbus: Shura Gehrman, bass; Nina Walker, piano
•Ondine: Jorma Hynninen, baritone; Ralf Gothoni, piano
•Preiser: Heinrich Schlusnus, baritone; Hans Udo Muller, piano
•Verona: Fritz Wunderlich, tenor; Hubert Giesen, piano (live 1965)

* I didn't manifest the pianist names in cataloguing (stupid me!) on all three song cycles recorded on the Lys label. I will have to double check those and correct if needed.

Ted remarked about SHURA GEHRMAN, bass singer, and founder of Nimbus Records. I must say, the man has one of the WORST voices I have ever heard on recordings. I think the set only cost me $3 for the 4 CD set, but even at that, it is no bargain and I am shocked at what I hear come out of the speakers. The man deserves credit, however, for what he did in bringing Nimbus about.
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Re: Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin song cycle

Post by John F » Sun Aug 03, 2014 5:17 pm

My go-to recording for "Die schöne Müllerin" has long been by the Danish tenor Aksel Schiötz and Gerald Moore, recorded by EMI in London soon after World War II. He sings the cycle in Schubert's original keys, his straightforward yet passionate approach suits the naive protagonist of the cycle, and I like the sound of his voice. Here are a few of the songs from an incomplete prewar recording; I can't find anything of the complete 1945 version there.



The 1945 recording is now available on Danacord DACO 452, along with four Grieg songs. You can sample that version there.

http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Askel-Sc ... ds=schiotz

I didn't know that Schlusnus had been recorded in the complete cycle, just a few of the most popular songs, or that he ever sang with Hans Udo Müller at the piano. His studio recordings were first made with Franz Rupp and then, after a personal break, with Sebastian Peschko.
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Re: Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin song cycle

Post by Lance » Mon Aug 04, 2014 12:06 am

Thank you, thank you, John Francis! Back when I manifested many CDs, around 2000, I cut corners providing information because the program I used had larger type. Hence, I did not show names of compositions when many were listed on a disc. I have corrected that issue since using a condensed typeface. In the meantime, I discovered I HAD the Aksel Schiøtz recording with Gerald Moore on Danacord 452. The cycle was recorded in London on 1, 4 and 6 November 1945. Intrestingly, Schiøtz also recorded ten songs from this cycle earlier in 1939 and 1940. Nos. 1 and 8 had Moore at the piano, and Herman D. Koppel was at the piano in Nos. 7,8,10,11,15,17,19 and 20.

On another note about these 11 CDs on Danacord of "The Complete Aksel Schiøtz Recordings, 1933-1946" is that Schumann's Dichterliebe is on Danacord 453, complete, with Gerald Moore at the piano, recorded in London, January 10, 1946. There is also ANOTHER Dichterliebe (previously unpublished) with Folmer Jensen at the piano, recorded December 17-21, 1942, probably in Denmark though that is not notated.

I had Die schöne Müllerin with Schiøtz on an LP in the early days. Because of your comment about Schiøtz, I have since updated my catalogue to contain more information on each of these 11 CDs. THANK YOU for bringing Schiøtz's name into the fold! Indeed, one of the great voices of all time.
John F wrote:My go-to recording for "Die schöne Müllerin" has long been by the Danish tenor Aksel Schiötz and Gerald Moore, recorded by EMI in London soon after World War II. He sings the cycle in Schubert's original keys, his straightforward yet passionate approach suits the naive protagonist of the cycle, and I like the sound of his voice. Here are a few of the songs from an incomplete prewar recording; I can't find anything of the complete 1945 version there.



The 1945 recording is now available on Danacord DACO 452, along with four Grieg songs. You can sample that version there.

http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Askel-Sc ... ds=schiotz

I didn't know that Schlusnus had been recorded in the complete cycle, just a few of the most popular songs, or that he ever sang with Hans Udo Müller at the piano. His studio recordings were first made with Franz Rupp and then, after a personal break, with Sebastian Peschko.
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When she started to play, Mr. Steinway came down and personally
rubbed his name off the piano. [Speaking about pianist &*$#@+#]

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Re: Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin song cycle

Post by Chalkperson » Mon Aug 04, 2014 12:32 am

Chill guys, I have his records too...
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Re: Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin song cycle

Post by CharmNewton » Thu Aug 07, 2014 8:56 pm

Rudolf Schock made a lovely recording of Die schöne Müllerin in the mid 1950s with Gerald Moore. I haven't seen an EMI issue of this cycle on CD, but the enterprising people at Gala have made a fine transfer and included it in a 4 CD collection. Mr. Schock sings the cycle intimately and the sweetness in his voice can be ravishing.

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