Franz Schubert

Schlaflied ("Es mahnt der Wald"), song for voice & piano ("Schlummerlied"), D. 527 (Op. 24/2)

    Description by James Leonard

    Schubert wrote relatively few lullabies in his career, but his Schlaflied (Slumbersong, D. 527) of January 1817 is far and away one of the best of them. Interestingly enough it is not a nocturnal lullaby but rather an aubade, a morning song, which lulls the child to sleep. Indeed, it is more of a stately pavane in F major than a serenade but no less lovely for that. Setting the cheerful words of the more often melancholy Johann Mayrhofer in a three-verse strophic song, Schubert's Schlaflied features an almost aria-like melody whose subtle leaps and quiet turns would mitigate its restful qualities in all but the most accomplished performance. The piano accompaniment is simplicity itself, consisting as it does of alternations of tonic and dominant chords in the first pair of lines, modulating through but never stopping on minor chords in the central pair of lines to return again to tonic-dominant alternations for the final pair of lines.

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    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2017 Wigmore Hall Live WHLIVE 0088
    2016 Audite AUDITE 21437
    2015 Carus CARUS 83025
    2013 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099990377
    2012 Harmonia Mundi HMC 902112
    2011 Naxos 8503801
    2011 Carus 83002
    2010 Deutsche Grammophon
    2010 Deutsche Grammophon 4778989
    2008 Whiterock / Zebralution
    2008 Harmonia Mundi 901991
    2007 EMI Music Distribution 385853
    2005 EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 7243586251
    2005 Hyperion 44201
    2005 Dutton Vocalion 9727
    2005 Deutsche Grammophon
    2005 Deutsche Grammophon 4775765
    2004 Pentatone 5186132
    2003 Naxos 8554739
    1999 Philips 438528
    1997 Capriccio Records 49110
    1996 EMI Music Distribution 69389
    1994 Hyperion 33021
    1993 Deutsche Grammophon 437215
    1992 Universal Music Classics and Jazz
    Documents 223211303