Franz Schubert: Lieder with Orchestra – Benjamin Appl


1 CD 

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BR Klassik


13 Σεπτεμβρίου 2023


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Benjamin Appl (Baritone)
Munich Radio Orchestra (Ορχήστρα)Oscar Jockel (Μαέστρος)

Schubert, Franz Peter (1797-1828)


Romanze aus “Rosamunde”

Einleitung – Tanz I und II aus “10 Deutsche Tänze”


Du bist die Ruh D776 (Rückert)

Tränenregen (No. 10 from Die schöne Müllerin, D795)

Tanz III – IV – V aus “10 Deutsche Tänze”

Ganymed, D544 (Goethe)

Der Tod und das Mädchen, D531

Gruppe aus dem Tartarus, second version, D583 (Schiller)

Ihr Bild

Die Forelle, D550

Tanz VI – VII – VIII aus “10 Deutsche Tänze”

Im Abendrot, D799

An die Musik D547

An Sylvia, D891

Der Wegweiser (No. 20 from Winterreise, D911)

Nacht und Träume, D827

Ständchen ‘Leise flehen meine Lieder’, D957 No. 4

Tanz IX und X aus “10 Deutsche Tänze”

Prometheus, D674 (Goethe)

Litanei auf das Fest Allerseelen

Erlkönig, D328

Time and again, composers – well-known and lesser-known – have arranged Franz Schubert’s piano songs for orchestra. These versions are not in any way intended to cast doubt upon the powerful quality of the originals, they merely place them in a different light, and/or attempt to make them easier to perform on a larger scale – when an art song cannot be performed in an intimate salon or chamber music hall, it can also make an impact in a large concert hall. Baritone Benjamin Appl has compiled nineteen such arrangements from the 19th and 20th centuries for this new CD from BR-KLASSIK. The Münchner Rundfunkorchester, conducted by Oscar Jockel, provides accompaniment that is subtle and in keeping with the work.

“To my ear, it is often quite insulting, in a giant hall and after an orchestral number, to have to listen to a singer performing lieder to a spindly piano accompaniment!” Max Reger scolded, and he went on to take appropriate action by orchestrating several piano songs, including thirteen by Schubert. Many famous composers were not above taking on the role of arranger. Indeed, they even saw an artistic challenge in “staging” the Lied in a new and colourful way using the possibilities of the orchestra – and without altering the musical substance in the process.

The versions of Schubert’s “An die Musik”, “Im Abendrot”, “Nacht und Träume”, “Prometheus” and “Erlkönig” recorded here are by Max Reger; Anton Webern created those for “Du bist die Ruh”, “Tränenregen” or “Der Wegweiser”; Johannes Brahms arranged “Geheimes”, Jacques Offenbach the “Ständchen”, and Benjamin Britten “Die Forelle”. Further arrangements are by conductor Felix Mottl (“Der Tod und das Mädchen”), lied accompanist Alexander Schmalcz (“Abendstern”, “An Silvia”) and composer Kurt Gillmann (“Ganymed”). The album is rounded off by the first recording of Johann von Herbeck’s orchestrations of Schubert’s dances, thus establishing a connection between folk music and Schubert’s art songs.

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