Franz Schubert

Die Erscheinung ("Ich lag auf grĂ¼nen Matten"), song for voice & piano ("Erinnerung"), D. 229 (Op. 108/3)

    Description by James Leonard

    Schubert's strophic setting of Ludwig Kosegarten's Die Erscheinung (The Apparition) (D. 229) from July 1815 is charming for one verse, pleasant for two verses, tolerable for three verses, and enough to send one to sleep for all four verses. Kosegarten's poem describes a heavenly vision of beauty and love and Schubert's music catches this wonderfully in music of clear and airy grace. The vocal melody is major-keyed and shot through with luminous light as it wafts gently over the simple and supple piano accompaniment. But four verses is entirely too much of a good thing: even the indefatigable Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau only sang three of the four verses in his 23-disc collection of Schubert's Lieder.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2011 Naxos 8503801
    2010 DG Deutsche Grammophon
    2010 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4778989
    2006 Naxos 8557373
    2005 Hyperion 44201
    2005 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4775765
    2005 DG Deutsche Grammophon
    1994 Hyperion 33022
    1993 DG Deutsche Grammophon 437215
    1992 Universal Music Classics and Jazz