"…It goes without saying that both protagonists here have more than the requisite technical fire power to cope with the demands - fortunately they use it with taste and restraint so that it never threatens to transform itself into a performance of proto-Brahms.The sound as well is of the same high standard as the playing and in every possible way, this issue cannot be faulted. Highly recommended and this listener is eagerly awaiting volume 2!" ~sa-cd.net
Franz Peter Schubert (January 31, 1797 – November 19, 1828) was an Austrian composer.
Although he died at an early age, Schubert was tremendously prolific. He wrote some 600 Lieder, nine symphonies (including the famous "Unfinished Symphony"), liturgical music, operas, some incidental music, and a large body of chamber and solo piano music. Appreciation of his music during his lifetime was limited, but interest in Schubert's work increased dramatically in the decades following his death at the age of 31. Franz Liszt, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms and Felix Mendelssohn, among others, discovered and championed his works in the 19th Century. Today, Schubert is admired as one of the leading exponents of the early Romantic era in music and he remains one of the most frequently performed composers.
The sixth volume in Matthias Goerne's survey of Franz Schubert's lieder includes the posthumous collection Schwanengesang, which contains some of the loveliest and most disturbing songs Schubert ever composed. One problem in performing this ambiguous work of Schubert's last year lies in its alternation of sweet, lyrical songs with those of a much darker and even frightening character, and it's left to the singer and the pianist to balance the moods and to make the contrasts of expression as subtle as possible. Goerne and his accompanist Christoph Eschenbach meet the challenge by carefully shading the songs with a tempering of expressions that admits sorrow in the midst of joy and hope in the depths of despair.
A very sensitive pianist, whose specialty is the romantic note. You can not just optically see how she lives the sounds”, writes Wilhelm Sinkovic in the "Presse” about the young pianist Ingrid Marsoner from Graz. These, recently published Ö1-CD records of the Studio Styria prove this critic-comment is not to be seen as exaggerated.
This recording received the 1998 Cannes Classical Music Award for "Best Choral Performance - 19th/20th Centuries"..
Fierrabras is a three-act German opera with spoken dialogue written by the composer Franz Schubert in 1823, to a libretto by Josef Kupelwieser, the general manager of the Theater am Kärntnertor (Vienna's Court Opera Theatre). Along with the earlier Alfonso und Estrella, composed in 1822, it marks Schubert's attempt to compose grand Romantic opera in German, departing from the Singspiel tradition.