Aksel Schiøtz

The Complete Aksel Schiøtz Recordings, 1933-1946 [Box Set]

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AllMusic Review by Uncle Dave Lewis

Here, all of the recordings of magnificent Danish tenor Aksel Schiøtz made between 1933 and 1946 -- 270 selections -- are offered in a single 10-disc box set. The musical compass offered herein, though weighted toward Scandinavian composers, is enormous, ranging from Schiøtz' groundbreaking 1945 recording with Gerald Moore of Schubert's song cycle Die schöne Mullerin to swinging, and ever so slightly silly, bits from Bernhard Christensen's jazz oratorio De 24 Timer (1934). Schiøtz had a tumor removed in 1946 that deprived him of the tenor part of his range, so the cutoff point for the set makes sense. The 10 discs in The Complete Aksel Schiøtz Recordings 1933-1946 are available separately; according to Danacord, they will remain that way. The decision to cut the price on the box set was made in response to the changing nature of the classical CD market, and to expand access to the artistry of Schiøtz to as wide an audience as possible.

The book inside the box runs to 338 pages, one of the thickest books for a boxed set we have yet encountered. Inside the book are the texts and translations to everything Schiøtz sings -- even the pop songs -- and a wealth of photographs and other information. The transfers of original 78rpm recordings, made by Andrew Walter at Abby Road Studios, are top drawer, and Schiøtz's singing is phenomenal -- "one in a million" as critic and archivist Tully Potter has put it. While the earlier, full-price incarnation of this set may not have moved to the top of the list of many vocal music fans' priorities owing to its price and the difficulty involved in obtaining a copy, Danacord has removed at least the first of these obstacles. This would be a terrific gift for enthusiasts of vocal music, though bear in mind -- to paraphrase Led Zeppelin -- it is a "whole lotta Schiøtz," and one will need to set aside some time to make the most positive use of its virtues.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56
1 Aksel Schiøtz 03:27 Amazon
2 Aksel Schiøtz 04:12 Amazon
3 Aksel Schiøtz 04:52 Amazon
Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), in six parts, BWV 248 (BC D7)
4 Aksel Schiøtz 03:46 Amazon
St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b)
5 Aksel Schiøtz 07:24 Amazon
6 Aksel Schiøtz 02:08 Amazon
7 Aksel Schiøtz 01:41 Amazon
8 Aksel Schiøtz 03:14 Amazon
Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620
9 Aksel Schiøtz 03:51 Amazon
Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588
10 Aksel Schiøtz 03:25 Amazon
Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527
11 Aksel Schiøtz 04:10 Amazon
12 Aksel Schiøtz 04:18 Amazon
Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384
13 Aksel Schiøtz 02:47 Amazon
14 Aksel Schiøtz 02:31 Amazon
Die Schöpfung (The Creation), oratorio, H. 21/2
15 Aksel Schiøtz 04:18 Amazon
Eugene Onegin, opera, Op. 24
16 Aksel Schiøtz 04:36 Amazon
Faust, opera
17 Aksel Schiøtz 04:30 Amazon
Work(s)
18 Aksel Schiøtz 09:59 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Die schöne Müllerin, song cycle, for voice & piano, D. 795 (Op. 25)
1 Aksel Schiøtz 02:45 Amazon
2 Aksel Schiøtz 02:05 Amazon
3 Aksel Schiøtz 01:25 Amazon
4 Aksel Schiøtz 02:04 Amazon
5 Aksel Schiøtz 02:36 Amazon
6 Aksel Schiøtz 03:40 Amazon
7 Aksel Schiøtz 02:49 Amazon
8 Aksel Schiøtz 04:27 Amazon
9 Aksel Schiøtz 03:36 Amazon
10 Aksel Schiøtz 04:05 Amazon
11 Aksel Schiøtz 02:26 Amazon
12 Aksel Schiøtz 04:23 Amazon
13 Aksel Schiøtz 02:21 Amazon
14 Aksel Schiøtz 01:13 Amazon
15 Aksel Schiøtz 01:31 Amazon
16 Aksel Schiøtz 04:21 Amazon
17 Aksel Schiøtz 02:06 Amazon
18 Aksel Schiøtz 03:31 Amazon
19 Aksel Schiøtz 03:45 Amazon
20 Aksel Schiøtz 04:58 Amazon
21 Aksel Schiøtz 01:13 Amazon
22 Aksel Schiøtz 01:33 Amazon
23 Aksel Schiøtz 02:53 Amazon
24 Aksel Schiøtz 04:26 Amazon
25 Aksel Schiøtz 04:57 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Dichterliebe, song cycle for voice & piano, Op. 48
1 Aksel Schiøtz 01:15 Amazon
2 Aksel Schiøtz 00:56 Amazon
3 Aksel Schiøtz 00:33 Amazon
4 Aksel Schiøtz 01:35 Amazon
5 Aksel Schiøtz 00:55 Amazon
6 Aksel Schiøtz 01:58 Amazon
7 Aksel Schiøtz 01:47 Amazon
8 Aksel Schiøtz 01:13 Amazon
9 Aksel Schiøtz 01:16 Amazon
10 Aksel Schiøtz 01:38 Amazon
11 Aksel Schiøtz 00:53 Amazon
12 Aksel Schiøtz 01:40 Amazon
13 Aksel Schiøtz 01:59 Amazon
14 Aksel Schiøtz 01:46 Amazon
15 Aksel Schiøtz 02:28 Amazon
16 Aksel Schiøtz 04:29 Amazon
17 Aksel Schiøtz 03:30 Amazon
18 Aksel Schiøtz 01:42 Amazon
19 Aksel Schiøtz 01:36 Amazon
20 Aksel Schiøtz 03:06 Amazon
21 Aksel Schiøtz 02:50 Amazon
22 Aksel Schiøtz 03:16 Amazon
23 Aksel Schiøtz 03:00 Amazon
24 Aksel Schiøtz 03:16 Amazon
25 Aksel Schiøtz 03:13 Amazon
26 Aksel Schiøtz 02:42 Amazon
27 Aksel Schiøtz 03:03 Amazon
28 Aksel Schiøtz 02:55 Amazon
29 Aksel Schiøtz 08:04 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Aksel Schiøtz 02:32 Amazon
2 Aksel Schiøtz 03:38 Amazon
3 Aksel Schiøtz 02:50 Amazon
4 Aksel Schiøtz 03:18 Amazon
5 Aksel Schiøtz 03:02 Amazon
6 Aksel Schiøtz 02:31 Amazon
7 Aksel Schiøtz 01:32 Amazon
8 Aksel Schiøtz 02:06 Amazon
9 Aksel Schiøtz 03:58 Amazon
10 Aksel Schiøtz 04:42 Amazon
11 Aksel Schiøtz 04:04 Amazon
12 Aksel Schiøtz 03:26 Amazon
13 Aksel Schiøtz 03:24 Amazon
14 Aksel Schiøtz 02:24 Amazon
15 Aksel Schiøtz 02:45 Amazon
16 Aksel Schiøtz 06:14 Amazon
Der var engang (Once upon a time), Op. 25
17 Aksel Schiøtz 03:57 Amazon
18 Aksel Schiøtz 04:01 Amazon
19 Aksel Schiøtz 02:42 Amazon
Das Dreimäderlhaus, operetta
20 Aksel Schiøtz 09:00 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Aksel Schiøtz 02:41 Amazon
2 Aksel Schiøtz 03:01 Amazon
3 Aksel Schiøtz 03:20 Amazon
4 Aksel Schiøtz 02:58 Amazon
Frida's Bok
5 Aksel Schiøtz 02:51 Amazon
6 Aksel Schiøtz 02:49 Amazon
7 Aksel Schiøtz 02:45 Amazon
8 Aksel Schiøtz 02:37 Amazon
9 Aksel Schiøtz 03:05 Amazon
10 Aksel Schiøtz 02:51 Amazon
11 Aksel Schiøtz 02:38 Amazon
12 Aksel Schiøtz 03:22 Amazon
13 Aksel Schiøtz 01:31 Amazon
14 Aksel Schiøtz 01:55 Amazon
15 Aksel Schiøtz 02:55 Amazon
16 Aksel Schiøtz 03:45 Amazon
Sovedrikken (The Sleeping Draught), opera
17 Aksel Schiøtz 02:30 Amazon
18 Aksel Schiøtz 02:25 Amazon
19 Aksel Schiøtz 03:21 Amazon
20 Aksel Schiøtz 02:40 Amazon
21 Aksel Schiøtz 03:02 Amazon
22 Aksel Schiøtz 03:01 Amazon
23 Aksel Schiøtz 02:37 Amazon
24 Aksel Schiøtz 03:05 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Aksel Schiøtz 02:50 Amazon
2 Aksel Schiøtz 03:27 Amazon
3 Aksel Schiøtz 03:23 Amazon
4 Aksel Schiøtz 03:03 Amazon
5 Aksel Schiøtz 02:45 Amazon
6 Aksel Schiøtz 02:22 Amazon
7 Aksel Schiøtz 03:24 Amazon
8 Aksel Schiøtz 03:07 Amazon
Liden Kirsten (Little Kirsten), Op. 44
9 Aksel Schiøtz 05:48 Amazon
10 Aksel Schiøtz 04:16 Amazon
Fire Middelalderviser (Four Medieval Ballads), for voice & piano
11 Aksel Schiøtz 02:05 Amazon
12 Aksel Schiøtz 01:50 Amazon
13 Aksel Schiøtz 01:24 Amazon
14 Aksel Schiøtz 01:42 Amazon
15 Aksel Schiøtz 04:42 Amazon
16 Aksel Schiøtz 03:08 Amazon
Elverskud (Elf-King's Daughter) for 3 voices, chorus & orchestra, Op.30
17 Aksel Schiøtz 03:48 Amazon
18 Aksel Schiøtz 03:14 Amazon
19 Aksel Schiøtz 03:56 Amazon
20 Aksel Schiøtz 01:32 Amazon
21 Aksel Schiøtz 00:36 Amazon
22 Aksel Schiøtz 01:28 Amazon
23 Aksel Schiøtz 01:27 Amazon
24 Aksel Schiøtz 01:43 Amazon
25 Aksel Schiøtz 02:45 Amazon
26 Aksel Schiøtz 02:47 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 7

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Aksel Schiøtz 02:20 Amazon
2 Aksel Schiøtz 02:48 Amazon
3 Aksel Schiøtz 02:30 Amazon
4 Aksel Schiøtz 03:08 Amazon
5 Aksel Schiøtz 01:54 Amazon
6 Aksel Schiøtz 02:10 Amazon
7 Aksel Schiøtz 02:45 Amazon
8 Aksel Schiøtz 03:23 Amazon
9 Aksel Schiøtz 02:28 Amazon
10 Aksel Schiøtz 01:51 Amazon
11 Aksel Schiøtz 03:18 Amazon
12 Aksel Schiøtz 02:55 Amazon
13 Aksel Schiøtz 03:30 Amazon
14 Aksel Schiøtz 02:16 Amazon
15 Aksel Schiøtz 02:50 Amazon
16 Aksel Schiøtz 02:50 Amazon
17 Aksel Schiøtz 02:11 Amazon
18 Aksel Schiøtz 02:49 Amazon
Der var engang (Once upon a time), Op. 25
19 Aksel Schiøtz 04:00 Amazon
20 Aksel Schiøtz 03:43 Amazon
Renaissance, melodrama, Op. 59
21 Aksel Schiøtz 03:30 Amazon
22 Aksel Schiøtz 02:39 Amazon
23 Aksel Schiøtz 03:10 Amazon
24 Aksel Schiøtz 02:37 Amazon
25 Aksel Schiøtz 02:54 Amazon
26 Aksel Schiøtz 02:57 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 8

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Aksel Schiøtz 02:17 Amazon
2 Aksel Schiøtz 02:57 Amazon
3 Aksel Schiøtz 03:20 Amazon
4 Aksel Schiøtz 02:50 Amazon
Sange fra Shakespeare (Songs from Shakespeare), for voice & piano
5 Aksel Schiøtz 03:03 Amazon
6 Aksel Schiøtz 02:10 Amazon
7 Aksel Schiøtz 03:31 Amazon
Songs (4) from Björnstjerne's "Arne"
8 Aksel Schiøtz 02:26 Amazon
9 Aksel Schiøtz 03:09 Amazon
10 Aksel Schiøtz 02:43 Amazon
11 Aksel Schiøtz 03:14 Amazon
12 Aksel Schiøtz 02:54 Amazon
13 Aksel Schiøtz 03:16 Amazon
14 Aksel Schiøtz 02:23 Amazon
15 Aksel Schiøtz 02:54 Amazon
16 Aksel Schiøtz 02:00 Amazon
17 Aksel Schiøtz 02:27 Amazon
18 Aksel Schiøtz 02:41 Amazon
19 Aksel Schiøtz 02:26 Amazon
20 Aksel Schiøtz 02:33 Amazon
21 Aksel Schiøtz 03:18 Amazon
22 Aksel Schiøtz 02:58 Amazon
23 Aksel Schiøtz 02:25 Amazon
24 Aksel Schiøtz 02:55 Amazon
25 Aksel Schiøtz 03:09 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 9

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Dichterliebe, song cycle for voice & piano, Op. 48
1 Aksel Schiøtz 01:21 Amazon
2 Aksel Schiøtz 00:58 Amazon
3 Aksel Schiøtz 00:36 Amazon
4 Aksel Schiøtz 01:29 Amazon
5 Aksel Schiøtz 00:56 Amazon
6 Aksel Schiøtz 01:58 Amazon
7 Aksel Schiøtz 01:47 Amazon
8 Aksel Schiøtz 01:16 Amazon
9 Aksel Schiøtz 01:15 Amazon
10 Aksel Schiøtz 01:29 Amazon
11 Aksel Schiøtz 00:51 Amazon
12 Aksel Schiøtz 01:46 Amazon
13 Aksel Schiøtz 01:59 Amazon
14 Aksel Schiøtz 01:32 Amazon
15 Aksel Schiøtz 02:25 Amazon
16 Aksel Schiøtz 04:20 Amazon
17 Aksel Schiøtz 01:14 Amazon
18 Aksel Schiøtz 01:31 Amazon
19 Aksel Schiøtz 02:54 Amazon
20 Aksel Schiøtz 04:24 Amazon
21 Aksel Schiøtz 05:03 Amazon
22 Aksel Schiøtz 03:24 Amazon
23 Aksel Schiøtz 03:30 Amazon
24 Aksel Schiøtz 03:20 Amazon
25 Aksel Schiøtz 04:34 Amazon
26 Aksel Schiøtz 01:48 Amazon
27 Aksel Schiøtz 02:32 Amazon
28 Aksel Schiøtz 02:30 Amazon
Til de Faldne. Slumrer sødt i Slesvigs Jord (To the Fallen, Slumber soundly in Slesvig's earth), song for voice
29 Aksel Schiøtz 01:54 Amazon
Danmarks Frihedssang: En vinter, lang og mørk og hård (Denmark's Freedom Song: A winter, long and dark and hard), song
30 Aksel Schiøtz 01:13 Amazon