Schubert – Die Schöne Müllerin

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Tracklist

1.
Das Wandern
00:00
2.
Wohin?
01:42
3.
Halt!
01:02
4.
Danksagung An Den Bach
01:44
5.
Am Feierabend
00:00
6.
Der Neugierige
00:00
7.
Ungeduld
00:00
8.
Morgengruß
00:00
9.
Des Müllers Blumen
02:12
10.
Tränenregen
00:00
11.
Mein!
01:50
12.
Pause
00:00
13.
Mit dem grünen Lautenbande
01:35
14.
Der Jäger
00:00
15.
Eifersucht und Stolz
00:00
16.
Die liebe Farbe
00:00
17.
Die böse Farbe
01:22
18.
Trockne Blumen
02:53
19.
Der Müller und der Bach
02:36
20.
Des Baches Wiegenlied
04:22

Description

“I can neither play nor sing, and when I write poetry, I nevertheless sing and play. If I were able to express the tunes in my head, then my songs would be more successful than they now are. But do not despair, some day a kindred soul may well turn up that can hear the melodies hidden in my words and give them back to me.” These lines were written in his diary on 8 October 1815 by Wilhelm Müller (1794-1827), a native of Dessau, the teacher, librarian, and poet who wrote the verses for ‘Die schöne Müllerin’. Franz Schubert was Müller’s junior by three years, and the song was the most essential element of his entire oeuvre. In Schubert, Müller found that sought-after ‘kindred soul’. The composer Schubert was charmed by the aesthetic quality of the poet Müller’s text; Müller, taking for his model ‘the most beautiful German folk songs’, succinctly summed up the principal criteria of his literary language: “Simplicity of form, singing quality of the rhythm, natural directness of language … unconscious, deep, tenderness, which … .echoes long afterwards, and naive openness towards the shy expression of the highest ideals.”The origins of the text for ‘Die schöne Müllerin’ go back to Müller’s student years in Berlin, 1816/1817. At that time, Müller, who was studying philology, was part of a group of young men and women interested in literature, who met regularly for enthusiastic literary discussions at the house of State Counsellor Friedrich August von Stägemann, who himself wrote poetry…..

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Producer

Thomas Wieber

Recording engineer

Thomas Wieber

Editing

Thomas Wieber

Recording location

Lichtwer-Gymnasium Wurzen Germany

Recording date

July 2000

Microphones

Bruel & Kjaer

Mixing console

Studer

Press reviews

International Record Review

(…) this is distinguished singing (…)

Pianowereld

(…) Kupfer is niet alleen de gelukkige eigenaar van een prachtige baritonstem, maar is tevens een begenadigd liedvertolker (…) (…) De zanger laat je alle hoeken van het emotionele spectrum zien (…) (…) Een grote aanwinst, deze uitvoering kan zeker mededingen naar ‘Die Schönste Müllerin’.

Gramophone

(…) a confirmation of Jochen Kupfer beautiful singing and even more of his gifts as a Lieder interpreter. (…) (…) he adds a complete identification with the youthful lover’s aspirations and eventual disappointment and tragedy. This lad sets out with a spring in his heels and a smile in his voice. (…) (…) this is a performance among baritones that I would place very near the top of the pile, if not at its apex (…)

Opera News Online

(…) Kupfer’s voice has a light and sweet – almost bari-tenor – quality. And pianist Susanne Giesa is a sensitive partner. Both artists make their points discreetly (…) (…) How remarkable that the traditional can be refreshingly new!!

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