An die Musik (Du holde Kunst) D547

  1. 1) Poem by Franz von Schober, orchestrated by Max Reger

    2.07

Erlkönig D328

  1. 2) Poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, orchestrated by Max Reger

    3.49

Du bist die Ruh’ D776

  1. 3) Poem by Friedrich Rückert, orchestrated by Anton Webern

    3.09

Greisengesang (Der Frost hat mir bereifet)

  1. 4) Poem by Friedrich Rückert, orchestrated by Max Reger

    6.02

An den Mond D296

  1. 5) Poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, orchestrated by Max Reger

    3.54

Prometheus D674

  1. 6) Poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, orchestrated by Max Reger

    5.09

Nacht und Träume (Heil’ge Nacht, du sinkest nieder) D827

  1. 7) Poem by Matthäus von Collin, orchestrated by Max Reger

    2.38

Gesänge des Harfners D478
From “Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre” by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, orchestrated by Max Reger

  1. 8) Nr. 1: Wer sich der Einsamkeit ergibt

    3.52

  2. 9) Nr. 2: Wer nie sein Brot mit Tränen aβ

    4.11

  3. 10) Nr. 3: An die Türen will ich schleichen

    2.06

Gruppe aus dem Tartarus D583

  1. 11) Poem by Friedrich Schiller, orchestrated by Max Reger

    3.01

Tränenregen (from “Die schöne Müllerin”) D795 Nr. 10

  1. 12) Poem by Wilhelm Müller, orchestrated by Anton Webern

    5.35

Der Wegweiser (from “Die Winterreise”) D911 Nr. 20

  1. 13) Poem by Wilhelm Müller, orchestrated by Anton Webern

    4.06

Memnon (Den Tag hindurch nur einmal mag ich sprechen) D541

  1. 14) Poem by Johann Mayrhofer, orchestrated by Max Reger

    3.38

Ihr Bild (from “Schwanengesang”) D957 nr. 9

  1. 15) Poem by Heinrich Heine, orchestrated by Anton Webern

    2.42

Litaney auf das Fest Aller Seelen D343

  1. 16) Poem by Johann Georg Jacobi, orchestrated by Max Reger

    2.41

Im Abendrot (O wie schön ist deine Welt) D799

  1. 17) Poem by Karl Gottlieb Lappe, orchestrated by Max Reger

    3.36

CD information

Given his magnificent achievement in the field of art song, and the vast volume and consistently high quality of his Lieder oeuvre, it is not surprising that Schubert’s songs have been recorded numerous times. It is not surprising either that many composers, such as Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Benjamin Britten, Hector Berlioz, Max Reger and Anton Webern made arrangements of Schubert’s songs. What is surprising, however, is the fact that these arrangements - made by some of the greatest composers in musical history - are so seldom heard either in concert or on record.

With the release of this album, hopefully that situation will change. It combines 17 Schubert compositions, of which 13 were orchestrated by late-romantic German composer Reger Max, and four by a member of the Second Viennese School, Anton Webern. When listening to these songs, the listener will discover that these arrangements are made with such craftsmanship that they themselves became unparalleled works of art.

The performers on this SACD are the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and German tenor Christian Elsner, conducted by Maestro Marek Janowski. The album’s accompanying booklet contains the lyrics to the songs both in German and English, as well as programme notes and artists’ biographies.