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Schubert: 'Schubertiade-Du Holde Kunst, Ich Danke Dir' Arpeggione Sonata

Magazine article Gramophone

Schubert: 'Schubertiade-Du Holde Kunst, Ich Danke Dir' Arpeggione Sonata

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Schubert

'Schubertiade--Du holde Kunst, ich danke dir' Arpeggione Sonata, D821. Piano Trio No 2, D929--Andante. Piano Quintet, 'Trout', D667. Allegro, 'Lebenssturme', D947. Divertissement a la hongroise, D818. Fantasie, D940. Marche caracteristique, D886 No 2. Sonatina No 3, D408. An die Musik, D547. An Silvia, D891. Auf der Bruck, D853. Drei Gesange, D902. Du bist die Ruh', D776. Du liebst mich nicht, D756. Ganymed, D544. Der Gondelfahrer, D809. Gretchen am Spinnrade, D118. Der Hirst auf dem Felsen, D965. Die junge Nonne, D828. Der Konig in Thule, D367. Meeres Stille, D216. Die Nacht, D983c. Nachtgesang im Walde, D913. Nacht und Traume, D827. La pastorella al Prato, D513. Standchen, D920. Die Taubenpost, D965. Der Tod und das Madchen, D531. Der Wanderer, D489. Der Zwerg, D771

Yeree Suh sop Marianne Beate Kielland mez

Thomas Bauer bar Claire Chevallier fp

Schubertiade Quartett Bayerischer Wald;

Anima Eterna Brugge / Jos van Immerseel fp

Alpha (S) (4) ALPHA216 (4h 42' * DDD * T/t)

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This is the second release on Alpha to celebrate the 70th birthday of Jos van Immerseel. The first was a coupling with his Anima Eterna orchestra of Janacek and Dvorak (10/15), but this feels in all senses a more relaxed affair, both in terms of the project and its execution.

On each of the set's four discs Immerseel presents an imagined Schubertiad, but is not attempting historical reconstructions, he says in his booklet-note. He aims instead for 'varietas', an aim that he certainly achieves, mixing music rare and well known. There are some wonderful vocal quartets, for example, with perhaps the disarming 'Der Gondelfahrer' the pick of the bunch, sensitively sung by baritone Bauer (also entrusted with the baritone songs across the set) and his colleagues in the evocatively named Schubertiade Quartett Bayerischer Wald.

It's great, too, to have a good batch of piano duet pieces, for which Immerseel is joined by Claire Chevallier on a sweetly mellow Conrad Graf instrument from 1826 in performances of a relaxed intimacy and musicality that is entirely in keeping with the project. The instrument itself is nicely captured by the warm recording. There's not much that's very stormy about the late Lebenssttirme Allegro, however, or the wilder sections of the Fantasie. …

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