In February, when I presented the festival, I told you that if someone asked me: "Why Schubert?" my answer would be addressing he or she to Ilker Arkayürek and Wolfram Rieger's recital. The young tenor has prepared a wonderful program, entirely devoted to the apple of my eyes; the songs are very representative, among other reasons because half of them are from those two poets that Schubert more often musicalized, Goethe and Mayrhofer. So far, we’ve heard many of the songs included in this concert, so I’d better begin with them.
- We listened to Lied eines Schiffers an die Dioskuren in one of the two posts I talked about Schubert's friends. I chose it because it was related to two of them: Johann Mayrhofer, who wrote the poem, and Johann Michael Vogl, the famous baritone, according to himself, the composer’s "first admirer". We heard that song performed by Fritz Wunderlich and Hubert Giesen.
- Also from a Mayrhofer's poem, Abendstern, the sixth reason (performed by Anthony Rolfe-Johnson and Graham Johnson) that I offered to love Schubert.
- The third Lied with a poem by Mayrhofer is Nachtstück, which we heard in the magnificent (and abridged) version of Fritz Wunderlich and Hubert Giesen.
- From Goethe, the poem with more songs in Schubert's catalog, we heard three Lieder included in Arcayürek's recital. The first one is the great Rastlose Liebe, performed by Nicolai Gedda and Erik Werba.
- Der Musensohn is a Lied that, as I told you when I spoke about it, is a celebration of music and life; There are few other songs by Schubert so optimistic and happy. Again I chose the version by Fritz Wunderlich and Hubert Giesen, it was one of the posts I dedicated to the tenor.
- The third and last Lied with a poem by Goethe that we're retaking is Wer nie sein Brot mit Tränen ass, one of the songs from Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship Years, which we heard performed by Simon Keenlyside and Julius Drake.
- And we’ve reached the last three songs. Der Jüngling an der Quelle is a deliightful and delicate miniature, a gorgeous song with a poem by Johann Gaundenz von Salis-Seewis that we heard performed by Jonas Kaufmann and Helmut Deutsch.
- Another delightful song, An den Mond, D. 193, one of the many songs with a moon by Schubert; this one has a poem by Ludwig Hölty's and we listened to Ian Bostridge and Julius Drake.
- And the last song is Der Einsame, serene, charming, wonderful song. Our version was that of Hermann Prey and Karl Engel and I shared with you when I talked about the SV17 programme.
Die Sorge lastet schwer,
Betrogen, ach, betrogen
Hat alles mich umher!
Es fliessen heisse Tropfen
Die Wange stets herab,
Lass ab, mein Herz, zu klopfen,
Du armes Herz, lass ab.
Love has lied,
Worries burden me heavily;
I am deceived, alas! deceived
By everything around me!
Bright tears run
Down my cheeks;
Cease, cease your beating,
Cease, my heart, cease!