This Week's Free Classical Music Download
Purchase: Schubert Lieder on Record
In his tragically short life, the Austrian composer Franz Schubert (1797–1828) wrote over 600 songs and effectively established the German lied as a new art form in the 19th century.
When Schubert Lieder on Record (1898–1952) was first released as an 8 LP set in 1982, the compiler Keith Hardwick explained that it was his intention to examine how Schubert lieder was performed in the days before Schwarzkopf, Fischer-Dieskau, Beethoven, and Baker, and so he sought out examples of the earliest recordings. Fred Gaisberg, Gramophone’s recording engineer, began making flat-disc 78rpm records in London in August 1898. Initially he chose material of a popular nature, but in Oct. of that year the contralto Edith Clegg recorded Schubert’s Ave Maria, which opens CD 1. Hardwick finished his program at the end of the 78rpm era, and the results of his labours are contained on the first six CDs in this set.
The records are presented in roughly chronological order of recording, a pattern also followed in the later part of the set. In the days of 78s, many of the singers restricted themselves to a very small selection of the most popular songs, so this affords the opportunity to compare different interpretations of the same composition.
CDs 7 to 16 contain a program of Schubert lieder performed by a wide range of singers from 1952 to the present day. In selecting the artists and recordings for these CDs, every effort has been made to cover as many different songs as possible. The result is that the first six CDs contain 93 songs sung by 64 singers in a total of 128 performances; the remainder of the set presents 30 singers in a total of more than 200 performances. CD 7 is devoted entirely to Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau singing some of Schubert’s most substantial although rarely performed ballads. The next six CDs contain mixed programs by a starry collection of singers, including a complete Winterreise by Thomas Hampson, which forms a link to the bonus CD, a penetratingly informative discussion by Thomas Hampson entitled: Schubert’s Journey – An Exploration with Thomas Hampson.
Sung texts and translations are included on the final enhanced CD 17.
EMI Classics is offering the track "Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau & Karl Engel - Schubert - Auf der Donau" from Schubert Lieder on Record for SFCV readers to download and enjoy.
You must be a member of the San Francisco Classical Voice community to download free MP3s. Please log in or register today.
Not Yet Registered?
Not registered yet? Join SFCV today. It's free and easy. When you register, you can participate in SFCV contests and giveaways, add events to our calendar, sign up for our free weekly newsletter, and much more!