Franz Schubert

Klage ("Die Sonne steigt"), song for voice & piano, D. 415

    Description by James Leonard

    No matter what anyone thinks, no matter how anyone feels, the world is beautiful and life is good. That, at any rate, is the message of Friedrich von Matthisson's poem "Klage" (Lament). In it, the poet acknowledges beauty and goodness, but confesses that these things no longer move him since his lover has gone. This poetic notion is embedded in a two-strophe poem in which each of the verses is in two halves: a joyful opening and a sorrowful close. But while this may be effective as a poetic strategy, it is difficult to make a convincing song that begins happily but ends sadly. Some critics would say that Schubert's setting of "Klage" from April 1816 fails for this very reason: the ecstatic triple time opening in C major with an airborne vocal melody soaring above throbbing triplets in the piano gives way to a common time close in A minor with a darker vocal melody above a handful of dour chords in the piano. Other critics praise the song for the honesty of its emotions and the faithfulness of its setting.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Orfeo ORFC 956181A
    2016 Harmonia Mundi HMX 290875061
    2012 Harmonia Mundi HMC 902141
    2011 Naxos 8503801
    2010 Deutsche Grammophon 4778989
    2010 Deutsche Grammophon
    2005 Hyperion 44201
    2005 Deutsche Grammophon 4775765
    2005 Deutsche Grammophon
    2005 Naxos 8557371-72
    2004 Berlin Classics 0032792BC
    1997 Berlin Classics 0093212
    1995 Hyperion CDJ33023
    1993 Deutsche Grammophon 437215
    1992 Universal Music Classics and Jazz
    Ars Vivendi 210092