Schubert Lieder, orchestrated by Reger & Webern (2015)

Schubert

Christian Elsner

Marek Janowski

When it comes to songs, one need not have any qualm in describing Franz Schubert as the perfect “prolific composer.” More than 600 songs –art songs (or Lieder) with piano accompaniment, to be precise – flowed from his immensely productive quill. In fact, it is a miracle that basically defies rational argument that the quality of the pieces throughout this well-nigh unbelievable volume of work is almost consistently of the highest level. Schubert’s magnificent achievement in the field of art song has often been praised and acknowledged (and not only by musicologists), and the recordings of his songs and song cycles are legion.
This makes it all the more astonishing to discover that, to date, arrangements by other composers of these songs are grossly under-represented, both on the concert platform and in the recording studio, with but a few above-average recordings of these orchestrations in existence. Does that perhaps allow us to conclude that these versions cannot hold their own against the high level of the original? Let’s take a good look at the “arrangers”: these include composers of the calibre of Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Benjamin Britten, Hector Berlioz, and later on, Max Reger and Anton Webern. Let’s face it, none of them belong in the “Kleinmeister” (= lesser composer) category: and every single one was an excellent orchestrator. The rather indifferent interest in the orchestrations is probably due to the fact that an arrangement on the whole is not valued as highly as an original composition. 

 

 

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Marek Janowski

Marek Janowski has been artistic director of the Rundfunk- Sinfonieorchester Berlin (= RSB, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin) since 2002. Under his directorship between 1984 and 2000, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France rose to become the leading orchestra in France. During a number of years, he also put his personal stamp on the Gu?rzenich Orchester Köln (1986-1990), the Dresdner Philharmonie (2001-2003), the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo (2000-2005), and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (2005-2012).

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Schubert Lieder, orchestrated by Reger & Webern (2015)

Schubert

Christian Elsner

Producer: Job Maarse
Recording Engineer: Jean Marie Geijsen, Roger de Schot
Recording location: Haus des Rundfunks, RBB, Berlin Germany
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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An die Musik (Du holde Kunst) D547
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Erlkonig D328
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Du bist die Ruhe D776
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Greisengesang (Der Frost hat mir bereitet) D778
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An den Mond D296
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Prometheus D674
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Nacht und Traume (Heilige Nacht, du sinkest nieder) D827
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Ges.des Harfners D478 Nr 1 Wer sich der Einsamkeit ergibt
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Ges.des Harfners D478 Nr2 Wer nie sein Brot mit Tranen ass
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Ges.des Harfners D478 Nr 3 An die Turen will ich schleichen
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Gruppe aus dem Tartarus D583
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Tranenregen D795 Nr. 10
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Der Wegweiser D911 Nr. 20
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Memnon D541
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Ihr Bild D957 nr. 9
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Litaney auf das Fest Allerseelen D343
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Im Abendrot D799
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