Franz Liszt

Über allen gipfeln ist Ruh', song for voice & piano, S. 306 (LW N46) (3 versions)

    Description by Robert Cummings

    Liszt's songs are not often encountered in the concert hall or on recordings. True, Liebesträume No. 3 and Die Lorelei have achieved a measure of popularity, but the former is much more widely performed in its piano version and the latter appears to be as well. Über allen gipfeln ist Ruh' (All around is silence and rest) is one of his least-popular efforts, despite its generally high quality. The text, about a haunting nature scene, is taken from Goethe. Liszt, the inveterate reviser, made three versions of the song, the later ones tending to scale down the accompaniment and lessen the sense of melodrama. The song opens in a mournful and slow manner, deftly matching the ghostly atmosphere described in Goethe's poetry. Midway through, the vocal line and piano accompaniment briefly flare up before retreating to the melancholy quiet of the opening. The song is a masterpiece of atmosphere in any of its three versions which, as suggested above, are quite similar. Liszt also made two choral arrangements of the work, both worthwhile efforts. This attractive song generally has a duration of three-and-a-half to four minutes.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2019 Harmonia Mundi HMM 902621
    2018 Hyperion CDA 68179
    2017 Toccata Classics TOCC 0441
    2016 Decca 4789679
    2015 Warner Classics 0825646190454
    2013 MDG
    2013 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099990377
    2012 Capriccio Records C 5148
    2012 Harmonia Mundi HMC 902094
    2012 Hyperion CDA 67934
    2011 Carus Carus 83446
    2011 Deutsche Grammophon
    2011 Apex 2564665857
    2011 Erato
    2011 Erato / Virgin Classics 5099907092824
    2011 Preiser Records PR 91187
    2011 Deutsche Grammophon
    2011 Deutsche Grammophon 002894779525
    2010 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099962936
    2010 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099945635229
    2010 Marsyas 1807
    2010 Denon Records
    2009 Signum UK 155
    2008 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099920808
    2008 Berlin Classics 0016282
    2006 Tall Poppies 185
    2005 EMI Classics
    2004 Music & Arts 1063
    2004 Music & Arts CD1063
    2003 VAI Audio 1213
    2002 EMI Music Distribution 575187
    2002 Decca 470289
    2000 Gala Records 337
    2000 Gala Records 337
    2000 Angel Records 73836
    1999 MDG 6390840
    1999 Deutsche Grammophon 4475082
    1998 EMI Music Distribution 56457
    1998 Orfeo 440981
    1997 Vox 5126
    1997 Point Classics 265042
    1994 EMI Music Distribution 55047
    1994 Forlane FOR16728
    1993 Capriccio Records 10294
    1993 Berlin Classics 0010262
    1992 Decca 4305122
    EMI Music Distribution 567349
    Teldec 43342
    Cant-Art 893
    Documents 223076-303