Episode 106. A Baritonal Schubertiade

Episode 106. A Baritonal Schubertiade



On the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, I am at a loss for meaningful words. Thus I have turned, as I have often done in my own life, and as I did once before at the beginning of the pandemic, to the music of Franz Schubert. I offer to you, my dear listeners, words and music of such profound sorrow, such crushing pain, and such undying hope as only Schubert can provide. As I have throughout this summer, I once again draw on that unquenchable source of great baritones to lend their eloquent voices to my efforts: here I present recordings and performances over 90 years, bookended by recordings by Alexander Kipnis in 1927 and by Roman Trekel in 2017 of the glorious Lieder of Franz Schubert. Other singers include Gérard Souzay, Hans Hotter, Tom Krause, Lawrence Winters, Hermann Prey, Barry McDaniel, Heinrich Schlusnus, Pavel Lisitsian, and Karl Schmitt-Walter, among others, each of whom offers a glimpse of Schubert’s unique genius, as well as comfort and solace during this time of remembrance.

P.S. Don’t forget about my first all-Schubert episode, which I posted at the beginning of the pandemic. www.countermelodypodcast.com/index.php/2020/04/05/episode-29-a-social-isolation-schubertiade. I listened to it this morning and it really holds up!


All Songs Composed by Franz Schubert. Poets as listed.

Johann Georg Jacobi: Litanei auf das Fest Allerseelen, D.343. Gérard Souzay, Dalton Baldwin [1954]

Friedrich Schiller: Die Götter Griechenlands, D.677. Simon Keenlyside, Malcolm Martineau [1996]

Ludwig Rellstab: Herbst, D.945. Tom Krause, Irwin Gage [1972]

Johann Gabriel Seidl: Der Wanderer an den Mond, D.870. Aksel Schiøtz, Paul Ulanowsky [1960]

Johann Mayrhofer: Abendstern, D.806. Barry McDaniel, Ernest Lush [1965]

Wilhelm Müller: Die Krähe (Winterreise, D.911/15. Bernard Kruysen, Gerard van Blerk [1997]

Wilhelm Müller: Der Wegweiser (Winterreise, D.911/20). Alexander Kipnis, Frank Bibb [1927]

Johann Mayrhofer: Memnon, D.541. Josef Greindl, Michael Raucheisen [1944]

Jacob Nicolaus Craigher de Jachelutta: Totengräbers Heimweh, D.842. Roman Trekel, Oliver Pohl [2017]

Also not the same recordino, but from a few years before.

Johann Gabriel Seidl: Das Zügenglöcklein, D.871. Robert Holl, David Lutz [1985]

Also not the same recording, but what is with that costume?

Johann Mayrhofer: Nachtstück, D.672. Karl Schmitt-Walter, Michael Raucheisen [1941]

Franz von Schober: Pilgerweise, D.789. Hans Hotter, Michael Raucheisen [1944]

Franz von Schober: Pax vobiscum, D.551. Leo Schützendorf, Max Saal [1930]

Friedrich Schiller: Hoffnung, D.637. Hermann Prey, Gerald Moore [1960]

Wilhelm Müller: Der Müller und der Bach (Die schöne Müllerin, D.795/19). Jorma Hynninen, Rolf Gothóni [1989]

Aloys Wilhelm Schreiber: An den Mond in einer Herbstnacht, D.614. Heinrich Schlusnus, Sebastian Peschko [1942]

Friedrich Rückert: Daß sie hier gewesen. Bernard Diamant, John Newmark [1964]

Johann Mayrhofer: Auflösung, D.807. Lawrence Winters, Walter Martin [1955]

Franz von Schober: An die Musik, D.547. Pavel Lisitsan, Sergey Gorchakov, Orchestra of the All-Union Radio Committee [1948]

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Wandrers Nachtlied II, D.768 [Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh]. Gérard Souzay, Dalton Baldwin [1961]

2 thoughts on “Episode 106. A Baritonal Schubertiade”

  1. This is such a lovely and beautifully compiled collection. Thank you so much for these treasures.

    1. And many thanks to you for your beautiful comment. Make sure you check out my birthday tribute to Edda Moser, just published, which also features some extraordinary Lieder recordings.

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