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Franz Schubert, Schwanengesang

Andreas Bauer Kanabas & Daniel Heide

Franz Schubert, Schwanengesang

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Format: CD
Label: CAvi
UPC: 4260085535163
Catnr: AVI 8553516
Release date: 17 February 2023
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CAvi
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4260085535163
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AVI 8553516
Release date
17 February 2023

"This is 71 minutes of Schubert singing at its best (...)"

Pizzicato, 20-2-2023
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SCHUBERT SCHWANENGESANG Notes by Andreas Bauer Kanabas

The first group of songs on texts by Ludwig Rellstab starts out in a relatively carefree, rapturous tone: a mood of spring is in the air. In Frühlingssehnsucht, “swelling desire” is colorfully illustrated by images of nature such as the silvery gurgling brook – an evocation of splendid vitality. But clouds soon darken the horizon: the brook becomes a raging torrent of negative emotions. Euphoria gives way to disappointment. The rapturous attitude is curbed: we hear of farewell, with a clear touch of bitterness. In the next group of settings of texts by Heinrich Heine, the story returns to its onset: now less rapturous, somewhat more aloof, and with even more bitterness at the end.

We have chosen to order these songs in a meaningful succession that begins with the awakening of love and soon reaches its prompt demise. Is this about love, or only lust? Why does everything feel so unsatisfactory and painful in the end? Are the fisher maidens of this world too clueless to sense that the poet has some truly admirable qualities? Otherwise, why does it always end in defeat? “My heart is entirely like the sea: there are storms, there is ebb and flow, but in the depths, you can find many beautiful pearls.” Does this passage hold the key?

With cheerful frankness, he who longs for fulfillment starts out by admitting he has a tendency toward capriciousness and seduction. He feels helplessly pulled to and fro by his emotions as if they were ocean tides. Pressing his suit, he longs to win the fisher maiden’s trust – but she would have to dive very far down to find a beautiful pearl.

By the time we have reached the next song, the two are staring at one another in sheer incomprehension. Tears flow silently, and separation is already underway. “And oh, I cannot believe I have lost you,” we hear in the second-to-last song. He who searches and never reaches his destination, never achieving redemption or a homecoming, ultimately suffers under his own nature. The “world of sorrows” he must bear is nothing else than his own unfulfilled yearning: a yearning to be loved, and to love. The CD closes with Die Taubenpost, which stands for itself, yet also allegorically summarizes what all these songs have in common: yearning.

© 2022 Andreas Bauer Kanabas
SCHUBERT SCHWANENGESANG Text von Andreas Bauer Kanabas

Die erste Gruppe der Rellstab-Lieder beginnt recht unbeschwert und schwärmerisch. Frühlingsgefühle beherrschen die Szenerie. Schwellende Triebe, farbig umschrieben in Naturbildern wie dem silbern sprudelnden Bach, zeugen von herrlicher Vitalität. Doch schon bald ziehen dunkle Wolken auf und das Bächlein wird zum „rauschenden Strom“ unguter Gefühle. Euphorie weicht Enttäuschung. Der schwärmerische Geist trübt sich, von Abschied ist die Rede, mit einem deutlichen Zug von Verbitterung.

In den Heine-Liedern beginnt die Geschichte noch einmal von vorn, weniger schwärmerisch allerdings, schon abgeklärter und mit noch mehr Bitterkeit am Ende. Wir präsentieren die Lieder in einer Reihenfolge, welche das Anbahnen der Liebe und ihr baldiges Scheitern in eine zeitlich stringente Abfolge bringt. Ist es überhaupt Liebe - oder bloßes Begehren? Warum endet denn alles so unbefriedigend und schmerzvoll?

Sind die Fischermädchen dieser Welt etwa zu unbedarft, die „großartigen Qualitäten“ des Poeten zu erkennen oder woran scheitert es immer wieder? „Mein Herz gleicht ganz dem Meere, hat Sturm und Ebb‘ und Flut, und manche schöne Perle in seiner Tiefe ruht.“ Liegt hier ein Schlüssel zum Verständnis? Mit heiterer Offenheit deutet uns der Erfüllung-Suchende gleich zu Beginn einen Hang zur Unstetigkeit und Verführung an. Seine schwankenden Gefühlszustände sind ihm wie Gezeiten, denen er unweigerlich ausgeliefert ist. Er wirbt um Vertrauen. Doch das Fischermädchen
müsste schon sehr weit hinab tauchen, um an die „schöne Perle“ zu gelangen.

Bereits im nächsten Lied schauen sich beide ratlos an. Tränen fließen stumm. Die Trennung nimmt ihren Lauf. „Und ach, ich kann es nicht glauben, dass ich dich verloren hab‘.“, heißt es im vorletzten Lied. Der Suchende, nie Ankommende, nie Heimat und Erlösung findende, er leidet an sich selbst. Die „Welt der Schmerzen“, die er zu tragen hat, ist seine unerfüllte Sehnsucht. Sehnsucht, geliebt zu werden und selbst zu lieben.

Zum Abschluss die Taubenpost, welche ganz für sich steht, aber allegorisch zusammenfasst, was alle Lieder verbindet: Die Sehnsucht.

© 2022 Andreas Bauer Kanabas

Artist(s)

Daniel Heide (piano)

Born in Weimar, pianist Daniel Heide is one of the most sought-after vocal accompanists and chamber musicians of his generation. He performs in recital series and festivals all over Europe as well as in Asia: for instance, in the Konzerthäuser in Vienna, Berlin and Dortmund, the London Wigmore Hall, the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg and Hohenems (Austria), the Heidelberg Spring Festival, and the Oxford Lieder Festival. In addition to his ongoing collaboration with vocalists including Andrè Schuen, Christoph Prégardien, Simone Kermes, Ingeborg Danz, Britta Schwarz, Roman Trekel, and Tobias Berndt, he has also accompanied lieder recitals with renowned singers such as Regula Mühlemann, Fatma Said, Benjamin Appl, Sheva Tehoval, Dietrich Henschel, Dorottya Lang, Patrick Grahl, Katharina Konradi, Hanno Müller-Brachmann, Luca Pisaroni, Konstantin Krimmel and Johannes Weisser. He also loves sharing...
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Born in Weimar, pianist Daniel Heide is one of the most sought-after vocal accompanists and chamber musicians of his generation. He performs in recital series and festivals all over Europe as well as in Asia: for instance, in the Konzerthäuser in Vienna, Berlin and Dortmund, the London Wigmore Hall, the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg and Hohenems (Austria), the Heidelberg Spring Festival, and the Oxford Lieder Festival.
In addition to his ongoing collaboration with vocalists including Andrè Schuen, Christoph Prégardien, Simone Kermes, Ingeborg Danz, Britta Schwarz, Roman Trekel, and Tobias Berndt, he has also accompanied lieder recitals with renowned singers such as Regula Mühlemann, Fatma Said, Benjamin Appl, Sheva Tehoval, Dietrich Henschel, Dorottya Lang, Patrick Grahl, Katharina Konradi, Hanno Müller-Brachmann, Luca Pisaroni, Konstantin Krimmel and Johannes Weisser.
He also loves sharing the stage with actors and narrators including Christian Brückner, Udo Samel, Thomas Thieme, and Hanns Zischler in the genre of melodrama. Daniel Heide had a close collaboration with the late German-Greek mezzo-soprano Stella Doufexis. Their CD Poèmes with songs by Claude Debussy was awarded the German Record Critics’ Prize. As a chamber music partner in duo sonata recitals he has concertized with outstanding soloists including Sabine Meyer, Tabea Zimmermann, Antje Weithaas, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Jens Peter Maintz, and Danjulo Ishizaka.
Daniel Heide is the founder and artistic director of the vocal recital series Der lyrische Salon. Held in Ettersburg Castle near Weimar, the series has existed since 2011 and is one of the few – anywhere in the world – that is devoted exclusively to artsong. In that context he has collaborated with a great number of celebrated soloists of the lied genre in roughly 100 recitals.
On CAvi-music he recorded with baritone Andrè Schuen songs by Robert Schumann, Hugo Wolf, Frank Martin and a Schubert album Wanderer; with Roman Trekel most famous Loewe Ballades, with Stella Doufexis Hamlet Echoes, with Konstantin Krimmel Liszt Songs and the album Liebe with the soprano Katharina Konradi.

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Andreas Bauer Kanabas (bass)

Andreas Bauer Kanabas sings major operatic bass roles in eight different languages. His repertoire includes Verdi roles such as Philippe II (in Italian and French), Zaccaria, Fiesco, De Silva, and Padre Guardiano, as well as lyric Wagner roles such as König Marke, König Heinrich, Landgrave Hermann, Veit Pogner, and Daland. He sings Mephisto in Gounod‘s Faust, the title role in Bluebeard‘s Castle, Vodnik (Rusalka), Gremin (Eugene Onegin), Ibn Hakia and King René (Iolanta), Claggart (Billy Budd), Escamillo (Carmen), as well as Mozart roles including Sarastro, Osmin and Commendatore. Andreas Bauer Kanabas sings on international stages such as the Vienna State Opera, the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden in London, Opéra Bastille de Paris, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Teatro Real Madrid,...
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Andreas Bauer Kanabas sings major operatic bass roles in eight different languages.
His repertoire includes Verdi roles such as Philippe II (in Italian and French), Zaccaria, Fiesco, De Silva, and Padre Guardiano, as well as lyric Wagner roles such as König Marke, König Heinrich, Landgrave Hermann, Veit Pogner, and Daland. He sings Mephisto in Gounod‘s Faust, the title role in Bluebeard‘s Castle, Vodnik (Rusalka), Gremin (Eugene Onegin), Ibn Hakia and King René (Iolanta), Claggart (Billy Budd), Escamillo (Carmen), as well as Mozart roles including Sarastro, Osmin and Commendatore.
Andreas Bauer Kanabas sings on international stages such as the Vienna State Opera, the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden in London, Opéra Bastille de Paris, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Teatro Real Madrid, Seattle Opera, New National Theater in Tokyo, Teatro Municipal Santiago de Chile, Opéra de Lyon, Théatre du Capitole de Toulouse, the Latvian National Opera Riga, Semperoper Dresden, and Munich State Opera, as well as at the Berlin State Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and the Komische Oper Berlin. He has been an ensemble member of Frankfurt Opera since 2013.
In the year before Covid-19, he had a series of thoroughly successful debuts in Antwerpen, Gent, Moscow, Quebec and London.
Future engagements will bring him back to various opera houses in Europe and Japan. In 2021, the label Ohems Classics released his widely praised Aria CD Love and Despair.
Andreas Bauer Kanabas studied with Prof. Eugen Rabine in Weimar, later with Paolo Barbacini in Reggio Emilia, Robert Lloyd in London, and Robert Gonnella in Toulouse. As an art song interpreter, he works in close collaboration with pianist Daniel Heide.

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Franz Schubert

Franz Peter Schubert was an Austrian composer. Schubert already died before his 32nd birthday, but was extremely prolific during his lifetime. His output consists of over six hundred secular vocal works (mainly Lieder), seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music and a large body of chamber and piano music. Appreciation of his music while he was alive was limited to a relatively small circle of admirers in Vienna, but interest in his work increased significantly in the decades following his death. Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms and other 19th-century composers discovered and championed his works. Today, Schubert is ranked among the greatest composers of the late Classical and early Romantic eras and is one of the...
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Franz Peter Schubert was an Austrian composer. Schubert already died before his 32nd birthday, but was extremely prolific during his lifetime. His output consists of over six hundred secular vocal works (mainly Lieder), seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music and a large body of chamber and piano music. Appreciation of his music while he was alive was limited to a relatively small circle of admirers in Vienna, but interest in his work increased significantly in the decades following his death. Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms and other 19th-century composers discovered and championed his works. Today, Schubert is ranked among the greatest composers of the late Classical and early Romantic eras and is one of the most frequently performed composers of the early nineteenth century.
It was in the genre of the Lied that Schubert made his most indelible mark. Prior to Schubert's influence, Lieder tended toward a strophic, syllabic treatment of text, evoking the folksong qualities engendered by the stirrings of Romantic nationalism. Schubert expanded the potentialities of the genre like no other composer before.

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This is 71 minutes of Schubert singing at its best (...)
Pizzicato, 20-2-2023

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01.
Der Wanderer D 489 (T: Georg Philipp Schmidt) (1816)
05:15
(Franz Schubert) Daniel Heide, Andreas Bauer Kanabas
02.
Totengräbers Heimweh D 842 (T: Jakob Nikolaus) (1825)
06:51
(Franz Schubert) Daniel Heide, Andreas Bauer Kanabas
03.
Der Tod und das Mädchen D 531 (T: Matthias Claudius) (1817)
02:56
(Franz Schubert) Daniel Heide, Andreas Bauer Kanabas
04.
Wehmut D 772 (T: Matthias von Collin) (1822)
03:04
(Franz Schubert) Daniel Heide, Andreas Bauer Kanabas
05.
Liedsammlung „Schwanengesang' D 957 (August 1828): Liebesbotschaft
02:46
(Franz Schubert) Daniel Heide, Andreas Bauer Kanabas
06.
Liedsammlung „Schwanengesang' D 957 (August 1828): Kriegers Ahnung
04:58
(Franz Schubert) Daniel Heide, Andreas Bauer Kanabas
07.
Liedsammlung „Schwanengesang' D 957 (August 1828): Frühlingssehnsucht
03:35
(Franz Schubert) Daniel Heide, Andreas Bauer Kanabas
08.
Liedsammlung „Schwanengesang' D 957 (August 1828): Ständchen
04:20
(Franz Schubert) Daniel Heide, Andreas Bauer Kanabas
09.
Liedsammlung „Schwanengesang' D 957 (August 1828): Aufenthalt
03:18
(Franz Schubert) Daniel Heide, Andreas Bauer Kanabas
10.
Liedsammlung „Schwanengesang' D 957 (August 1828): n der Ferne
05:50
(Franz Schubert) Daniel Heide, Andreas Bauer Kanabas
11.
Liedsammlung „Schwanengesang' D 957 (August 1828): Abschied
04:45
(Franz Schubert) Daniel Heide, Andreas Bauer Kanabas
12.
Liedsammlung „Schwanengesang' D 957 (August 1828): Das Fischermädchen
02:17
(Franz Schubert) Daniel Heide, Andreas Bauer Kanabas
13.
Liedsammlung „Schwanengesang' D 957 (August 1828): Am Meer
04:41
(Franz Schubert) Daniel Heide, Andreas Bauer Kanabas
14.
Liedsammlung „Schwanengesang' D 957 (August 1828): Die Stadt
02:50
(Franz Schubert) Daniel Heide, Andreas Bauer Kanabas
15.
Liedsammlung „Schwanengesang' D 957 (August 1828): Der Doppelgänger
04:17
(Franz Schubert) Daniel Heide, Andreas Bauer Kanabas
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Liedsammlung „Schwanengesang' D 957 (August 1828): Ihr Bild
03:01
(Franz Schubert) Daniel Heide, Andreas Bauer Kanabas
17.
Liedsammlung „Schwanengesang' D 957 (August 1828): Der Atlas
02:28
(Franz Schubert) Daniel Heide, Andreas Bauer Kanabas
18.
Die Taubenpost D 965 A T.: Johann Gabriel Seidl
03:45
(Franz Schubert) Daniel Heide, Andreas Bauer Kanabas
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