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Schubert: The Complete Secular Choral Works

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Schubert: The Complete Secular Choral Works Review

by James Leonard

Assuredly, this seven-disc set of Schubert's complete secular choral works will appeal only to the hardest of hardcore fans of the Viennese composer. But for them, the 132 selections here will be just the thing to fill out their collections of Schubert's vocal works. Recorded in 1995 and 1996 with Erwin Ortner leading the Arnold Schoenberg Choir of Vienna along with a host of first-rate soloists like alto Angelika Kirchschlager and tenor Christoph Prégardien and pianists like András Schiff and Andreas Staier, the collection is brilliantly divided into seven different programs, one per disc. Thus, we have discs dedicated to Transience, Love, Eternity, Heroism, Nature, Celebrations, and Circle of Friends. This allows the listener to enjoy an uninterrupted flow of works devoted to festivities, including Am Geburtsatage des Kaisers (On the Birthday of the Emperor) and Kantate zur Namensfeier des Vaters (Cantata for the Name-Day of the Father), or to evanescence, including Das Grab (The Grave), Grab und Mond (Grave and Moon), and Totengräberlied (Gravedigger's Song). For the most part, of course, these works are not top-drawer Schubert, though there are obvious exceptions, like the exquisite Ständchen (Serenade) and the sublime Gesang des Geister über den Wassern (Song of the Spirits over the Water). But so persuasive are the performances and so enjoyable are the pieces that true Schubert lovers will have to hear all seven discs, though perhaps not all in a row.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 11:06 Amazon
2 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 05:56 Amazon
3 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 04:05 Amazon
4 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 06:33 Amazon
5 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 01:59 Amazon
6 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 02:22 Amazon
7 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 04:05 Amazon
8 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 01:54 Amazon
9 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 01:29 Amazon
10 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 03:21 Amazon
11 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 02:33 Amazon
12 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 04:38 Amazon
13 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 05:09 Amazon
14 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 02:41 Amazon
15 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 02:48 Amazon
16 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 02:19 Amazon
17 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 07:23 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 05:34 Amazon
2 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 01:01 Amazon
3 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 04:50 Amazon
4 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 03:15 Amazon
5 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 03:26 Amazon
6 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 02:23 Amazon
7 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 02:52 Amazon
8 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 02:01 Amazon
9 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 02:36 Amazon
10 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 02:02 Amazon
11 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 03:07 Amazon
12 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 01:26 Amazon
13 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 02:40 Amazon
14 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 03:01 Amazon
15 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 04:47 Amazon
16 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 03:44 Amazon
17 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 01:24 Amazon
18 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 03:39 Amazon
19 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 04:15 Amazon
20 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 01:59 Amazon
21 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 01:47 Amazon
22 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 01:48 Amazon
23 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 02:23 Amazon
24 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 05:45 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 10:53 Amazon
2 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 06:02 Amazon
3 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 05:08 Amazon
4 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 04:39 Amazon
5 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 05:10 Amazon
6 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 05:08 Amazon
7 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 11:21 Amazon
8 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 02:14 Amazon
9 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 01:01 Amazon
10 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 02:00 Amazon
11 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 02:26 Amazon
12 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 01:46 Amazon
13 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 02:58 Amazon
14 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 02:46 Amazon
15 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 00:43 Amazon
16 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 06:07 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 02:26 Amazon
2 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 05:12 Amazon
3 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 02:10 Amazon
4 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 01:24 Amazon
5 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 04:40 Amazon
6 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 02:53 Amazon
7 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 03:53 Amazon
8 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 03:26 Amazon
9 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 02:33 Amazon
10 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 06:03 Amazon
11 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 03:20 Amazon
12 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 01:07 Amazon
13 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 01:31 Amazon
14 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 03:10 Amazon
15 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 01:20 Amazon
16 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 04:20 Amazon
17 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 18:54 Amazon
18 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 04:52 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 06:44 Amazon
2 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 03:52 Amazon
3 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 01:43 Amazon
4 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 03:03 Amazon
5 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 03:32 Amazon
6 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 03:46 Amazon
7 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 04:16 Amazon
8 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 03:18 Amazon
9 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 02:21 Amazon
10 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 04:28 Amazon
11 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 01:25 Amazon
12 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 02:26 Amazon
13 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 03:41 Amazon
14 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 01:56 Amazon
15 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 01:25 Amazon
16 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 06:42 Amazon
17 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 04:51 Amazon
18 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 02:54 Amazon
19 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 01:37 Amazon
20 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 02:27 Amazon
21 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 05:50 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 04:04 Amazon
2 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 04:05 Amazon
3 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 06:55 Amazon
Kantate zu Ehren von Josef Spendou's, for solo voices, chorus & orchestra, D. 472 (Op. posth. 128)
4 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 05:43 Amazon
5 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 05:37 Amazon
6 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 02:27 Amazon
7 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 04:50 Amazon
8 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 05:51 Amazon
Beitrag zur fünfzigjährigen Jubelfeier des Herrn Salieri, cantata for tenor, male voices & piano (two versions), D. 407 (D. 441)
9 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 02:22 Amazon
10 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 02:04 Amazon
11 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 01:05 Amazon
12 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 02:29 Amazon
13 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 03:12 Amazon
14 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 05:08 Amazon
15 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 03:10 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 7

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 02:13 Amazon
2 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 04:57 Amazon
3 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 01:43 Amazon
4 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 04:28 Amazon
5 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 01:45 Amazon
6 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 03:24 Amazon
7 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 01:21 Amazon
8 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 08:31 Amazon
9 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 01:53 Amazon
10 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 05:45 Amazon
11 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 02:22 Amazon
12 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 01:09 Amazon
13 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 04:29 Amazon
14 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 03:32 Amazon
15 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 02:19 Amazon
16 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 00:56 Amazon
17 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 01:58 Amazon
18 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 05:33 Amazon
19 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 02:02 Amazon
20 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 04:54 Amazon
21 Arnold Schoenberg Choir 03:08 Amazon
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