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Franz Peter SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
Goethe Lieder Vol.3

Wer kauft Liebesgotter, D. 261
Versunken, D. 715
Schafers Klagelied, 2nd setting / 2. Bearbeitung, D. 121
Erlkönig, D. 328
Hoffnung (Schaff, das Tagwerk), D. 295
Auf dem See, D. 543
Mahomets Gesang (Fragment), 1st setting / 1. Bearbeitung, D. 549
Am Flusse, 1st setting / 1. Bearbeitung, D160
Am Flusse, 2nd setting / 2. Bearbeitung, D. 766
Johanna Sebus (Fragment), D. 728
An die Entfernte, D. 765
Sehnsucht, D. 123
Geheimes, D. 719
Der Goldschmiedsgesell, D. 560
Liebhaber in allen Gestalten, D. 558
Der Musensohn, D. 764
Der Sanger, 2nd setting / 2. Bearbeitung, D. 149
Nachtgesang, D. 119
Erster Verlust, D. 226
Trost in Tranen, D. 120
Jagers Abendlied, 1st setting / 1. Bearbeitung, D. 215
Jagers Abendlied, 2nd setting / 2. Bearbeitung, D. 368
Tischlied, D. 234
Willkommen und Abschied, D. 767
Johannes Kalpers (tenor)
Burkhard Kehring (piano)
Rec. Sudwestrundfunk, Karlsruhe, Germany, 22-23 Oct, 7-8 Nov 2002.
Deutsche Schubert-Lied-Edition-16
NAXOS 8.554667 [71:45]


Naxos have released another volume in their Deutsche Schubert-Lied Edition which is a projected cycle of the complete Schubert output of over seven hundred songs. The series has grouped many of the songs according to the poets who inspired him to set their words to music. This release is the third volume of lieder devoted to Schubert’s settings of poems by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe which he composed for the male voice between 1814 and the 1820s. The series has been conceived as being performed by the current elite of young German-speaking singers.

Laureate tenor Johannes Kalpers comes across as an intelligent and engaging singer and has a most appealing artist capacity to actually ‘perform’ the lieder. Just how many times have we been disappointed to hear top lieder singers, even those who coach ‘artistic expression’ in their masterclasses, offer interpretations with as little expression as if they were ordering a take-away meal over the telephone. Kalpers passionately feels every word and expresses every nuance, providing the listener with a wealth of lyricism and authentic sense of drama. In addition it is pleasing and refreshing to hear a young singer with a marked scarcity of vibrato which seems fairly unusual in lieder these days. The gravity of Schubert’s famous Erlkönig (track 4) is charmingly contrasted by Johannes Kalpers against works like the genial Der Musensohn (track 16). Pianist Burkhard Kehring acquits himself very well accompanying with sensitivity and keen imagination.

A very pleasing sound quality with informative annotation. An attractive release from a very fine young singer and a recital well worth exploring.

Michael Cookson


For reviews of other releases in this series,
see the Naxos Deutsche Schubert-Lied Edition page

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