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Posted by Martin Walker on October 20, 2015, 11:17 am
Dominy Clements writes in his extremely interesting review that Valentin Erben’s booklet notes hint that the opening, and by implication the rest of the movement, is “bathed in magical harmonic light – [touching] us like a ‘fairytale from olden days.’” You may or may not agree with this non-macho point of view, but there is a great deal of magic to be found in the result. The words in quotes are the translation of a well-known phrase from Heine's Die Lorelei, which goes, as everyone will recall: "Ich weiß nicht was soll es bedeuten, Dass ich so traurig bin; Ein Märchen aus alten Zeiten, Das kommt mir nicht aus dem Sinn. Die Luft ist kühl und es dunkelt" etc. I hardly need to offer the English translation of this, but the presence of expressions like "so sad", "cool" and "darkening" in the context of a story told by a man about a killer vamp hardly suggest "non-macho" to me. The fairy-tale in question is distinctly threatening from my POV, as is indeed Schubert's magical music in the 1st movement of D.960.
- http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2015/Oct/Schubert_piano_MIR240.htm - Martin Walker October 20, 2015, 11:17 am
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