About the album
Christopher Glynn continues his series of late Schubert song cycles in English.
"Schubert’s Swansong, though not itself a cycle, is a logical extension of Die Schöne Müllerin and Winterreise. Here again are the brooks and the birds, the jilted suitors leaving town, the lovers looking at or into the beloved’s house. Loss and longing are everywhere. But if Schöne Müllerin is about hope (finding someone to love) and Winterreise is about despair (leaving someone loved), Schwanengesang is about resignation. The beloved is not by your side and one can deal with that in different ways. By sending messages via rivers, trees or even pigeons. By flight, by self-imposed exile, by dreaming of what might have been and by accepting what never will. The distant or absent beloved is present in almost every song, and though there is no journey involved as in the previous cycles, there is a unity in this collection which shows one where Schubert’s thoughts were. He knew he was going to die and die alone." - Christopher Glynn
11Schwanengesang D. 957 'Swan Song' I. Liesbesbotschaft
12Schwanengesang D. 957 'Swan Song' II. Kreigers Ahnung
13Schwanengesang D. 957 'Swan Song' III. Frühlingssehnsucht
14Schwanengesang D. 957 'Swan Song' IV. Ständchen
15Schwanengesang D. 957 'Swan Song' V. Aufenthalt
16Schwanengesang D. 957 'Swan Song' VI. In der Ferne
17Schwanengesang D. 957 'Swan Song' VII. Abschied
18Schwanengesang D. 957 'Swan Song' VIII. Der Atlas
19Schwanengesang D. 957 'Swan Song' IX. Ihr Bild
110Schwanengesang D. 957 'Swan Song' X. Das Fischermädchen
111Schwanengesang D. 957 'Swan Song' XI. Die Stadt
112Schwanengesang D. 957 'Swan Song' XII. Am Meer
113Schwanengesang D. 957 'Swan Song' XIII. Der Doppelgänger
114Schwanengesang D. 957 'Swan Song' XIV. Die Taubenpost
115Auf dem Strom, D.943 'On the River'
116Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D.965 'The Shepherd on the Rock'