Re-release dinsdag 24 september 2019
2. Gute Nacht
4. Der Tod und das Mädchen
6. Die Krähe
8. Der Lindenbaum
10. Auf der Bruck
14. Der Leiermann
15. Meeres Stille HERMAN VAN VEEN sings his choice of songs by Franz Schubert. Music arranged for fortepiano (or hammerklavier), guitar, sometimes two, cello, now and then violin and, of course, a voice which is expressive rather than bombastic. Van Veen quite consciously does not sing Schubert in the tradition of the classic concert hall. He sings the songs in the lighter tone, intimately and narratively; often reserved, often exuberant. Perhaps as they sounded in the pubs where Schubert, himself playing guitar or fortepiano, performed them for his friends.
The Viennes fortepiano, an early form of the piano we now know, sounds passionate and exiting. Much less smooth than the sound of our modern-day piano. It is an unruly instrument that needs constant tuning. The guitar accompaniment compliments the timbre of the voice and gives the songs a light tread. Life and death play a leading role in Schubert’s songs. Happiness and misery alternate with each other just like real life. That makes them light-footed and melancholic at the same time. Lyrics by Müller and Goethe, among others, that Schubert set to music, stories of faith, hope and love but also of fear, illness and death. Many women are also represented, with inescapable desire, unrequited love and despair. Schubert knew as no other real life full of poverty and little recognition, but also full of close-knit friendship and pleasure.