Schubert: Poetisches Tagebuch

 
 

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Franz Schubert: Poetisches Tagebuch

Christoph Prégardien

Julius Drake

Challenge Classics

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‘I lived in a fantasy world and was on the way to becoming an incurable daydreamer’ (German = ‘Ich lebte ganz meinen Phantasien und war auf dem Wege, ein ganz unheilbarer Schwärmer zu werden’), wrote the Saxon poet Ernst Schulze (1789-1817) of his schooldays. Despite this moment of clarity, Schulze did indeed live in a world in which the boundaries between the real and the imagined were increasingly hazy. As a student in Göttingen he shared Don Giovanni’s ‘mille tre’ attitude to women, notching up a string of casual conquests while pursuing the daughter of an archaeology professor, Cäcilie Tychsen. Schulze’s campaign to seduce Cäcilie failed; and when she died of tuberculosis, aged just eighteen, in 1812, she became idealised as his lost bride- to-be, saviour and Muse.

Conveniently for the fantasising poet, Cäcilie had a sister, Adelheid, to whom he quickly transferred his affections. That Schulze had earlier described Adelheid as having ‘a monkey’s face’ (‘Affengesicht’) did not seem to matter one iota. Nor did the fact that Adelheid was in love with someone else. From 1813 until his own early death, likewise of tuberculosis, Schulze embroidered his fragmentary, largely one-sided relationship with the reluctant Adelheid in the 100 poems that make up his Poetisches Tagebuch (‘Verse Journal’). Schubert first seems to have alighted on Schulze’s work in 1824, when he flirted with the idea of making an opera from his long narrative poem Die bezauberte Rose (‘The enchanted Rose). Then in March 1825 he set ‘Im Walde’ from the Poetisches Tagebuch, initiating a sequence of Schulze songs composed over the following year. While only two, ‘Auf der Bruck’ and ‘Im Frühling’, have become recital favourites, these songs of loss, alienation and obsessive longing (Winterreise is already glimpsed) are among Schubert’s most powerful and poignant.

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  1. Auf der Bruck D853 Christoph Prégardien_Julius Drake 0:30
  2. Der liebliche Stern D861 Christoph Prégardien_Julius Drake 0:30
  3. Im Walde D834 Christoph Prégardien_Julius Drake 0:30
  4. Um Mitternacht D862 Christoph Prégardien_Julius Drake 0:30
  5. Lebensmuth D883 Christoph Prégardien_Julius Drake 0:30
  6. Im Frühling D882 Christoph Prégardien_Julius Drake 0:30
  7. An mein Herz D860 Christoph Prégardien_Julius Drake 0:30
  8. Tiefes Leid D876 (Im Jänner 1817) Christoph Prégardien_Julius Drake 0:30
  9. Über Wildemann D884 Christoph Prégardien_Julius Drake 0:30
  10. Dass sie hier gewesen D775 Christoph Prégardien_Julius Drake 0:30
  11. Greisengesang D778 Christoph Prégardien_Julius Drake 0:30
  12. Du bist die Ruh D776 Christoph Prégardien_Julius Drake 0:30
  13. Im Walde (Waldesnacht) D708 Christoph Prégardien_Julius Drake 0:30
  14. Nacht und Träume D827 Christoph Prégardien_Julius Drake 0:30
  15. Fischerweise D881 Christoph Prégardien_Julius Drake 0:30
  16. Totengräbers Heimweh D842 Christoph Prégardien_Julius Drake 0:30
  17. Der Winterabend D938 Christoph Prégardien_Julius Drake 0:30

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Composer(s)

Schubert, Franz

Performer(s)

Prégardien, Christoph

Genre

Late Romantic (1860 – 1920 A.D.)

Label

Challenge Classics

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