Episode 29. A Social Isolation Schubertiade (Music for a World in Crisis III)

Episode 29. A Social Isolation Schubertiade (Music for a World in Crisis III)



Franz Schubert is the composer who speaks to me like no other. His insight into the human condition is profound: in particular, he explores that narrow strip of land where joy and sorrow meet, converse, and commiserate. I have devoted this episode entirely to performances of his Lieder, the songs divided into three separate (and often overlapping) categories: those dealing with mental states, those that seek to bridge gaps of time and space, and those that address social isolation. Featured are some of my favorite singers: Irmgard Seefried, Walter Berry, Alexander Kipnis, Janet Baker, Hans Hotter, Judith Raskin, Gundula Janowitz, Heinrich Rehkemper, Christa Ludwig, Peter Schreier, Brigitte Fassbaender, Gérard Souzay, and Karl Erb (with a few additional surprises along the way), accompanied by such great collaborative pianists as Erik Werba, Irwin Gage, Hertha Klust, John Newmark, Dalton Baldwin, Aribert Reimann, András Schiff, Paul Hamburger, and Bruno Walter, among others. I am particularly proud of this episode and hope that it brings you comfort and solace, as only Schubert can.


Clicking on the link on each song title will take you to a translation of that song.

Frühlingsglaube, D.686 (Richard Tauber). Poem by Johann Ludwig Uhland

Lachen und Weinen, D.777 (Irmgard Seefried, Erik Werba). Poem by Friedrich Rückert

Der Atlas, D.957/8 (Walter Berry, Boris Abramovich). Poem by Heinrich Heine

Der Wanderer, D.489 (Alexander Kipnis, Frank Bibb (with an assist in the postlude from Hermann von Nordberg). Poem by Friedrich von Schlegel

Das Lied im Grünen, D.917 (Janet Baker, Paul Hamburger). Poem by Friedrich Reil

Am Bach im Frühling, D.361 (Hans Hotter, Walter Martin). Poem by Franz von Schober

Erlafsee, D.586 (Judith Raskin, George Schick). Poem by Johann Mayrhofer

An die Apfelbäume wo ich Julien erblickte, D.197 (Bernard Diamant, John Newmark). Poem by Ludwig Christoph Heinrich Hölty

Im Freien, D.880 (Gundula Janowitz, Irwin Gage). Poem by Johann Gabriel Seidl

Sei mir gegrüßt, D.741 (Heinrich Rehkemper, Manfred Gurlitt). Poem by Friedrich Rückert

Ständchen [Zögernd leise], D.892 (Helen Watts, Viola Tunnard, Louis Halsey, Elizabethan Singers). Poem by Franz Grillparzer

Liebesbotschaft, D.957/1 (John Shirley-Quirk, Steuart Bedford). Poem by Ludwig Rellstab

Die Taubenpost, D.957/14 (Bryn Terfel, Malcolm Martineau). Poem by Johann Gabriel Seidl

Ständchen [Leise flehen meine Lieder], D.957/4 [in Russian] Sergei Lemeshev, Abram Makarov. Original German poem by Ludwig Rellstab

Lied der Anne Lyle, D.830 (Christa Ludwig, Irwin Gage). Poem by Walter Scott,

Hello Walls (Faron Young)

Am Fenster, D.878 (Peter Schreier, András Schiff). Poem by Johann Gabriel Seidl

Sehnsucht, D.879 (Brigitte Fassbaender, Aribert Reimann). Poem by Johann Gabriel Seidl

Der Einsame, D.800 (Barry McDaniel, Hertha Klust). Poem by Karl Lappe

Frühlingstraum, D.911/11 (Gérard Souzay, Dalton Baldwin). Poem by Wilhelm Müller

Der Winterabend, D.938 (Karl Erb, Hans Altmann). Poem by Carl Gottfried Ritter von Leitner

Im Abendrot, D.799 (Walther Ludwig, Hubert Giesen). Poem by Karl Lappe

Bruno Walter and Elisabeth Schumann, 1947

Wandrers Nachtlied I [Der du von dem Himmel bist], D.224 (Elisabeth Schumann, Bruno Walter). Poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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