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Old 09-21-2011, 09:42 PM   #41 (permalink)
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I just listened to the melancholy but sweet D957, which Angela Gheorghiu sings D957 very well, in my opinion:
Somehow I wondered how a baritone would do on this one, but I finally settled on the
Swedish tenor Jussi Björling, because his voice seems appropriately mellow for this melancholy piece.

Schubert's Ständchen D 957, n°4
Jussi Björling. tenor
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Somehow I wondered how a baritone would do on this one, but I finally settled on the
Swedish tenor Jussi Björling, because his voice seems appropriately mellow for this melancholy piece.

Schubert's Ständchen D 957, n°4
Jussi Björling. tenor
After reading this, I also wondered how a baritone would sound. I found that I prefer the baritone to the tenor, skaltezon, because the baritone sounds even more mellow to me:

Schubert's Ständchen D 957, n°4
Olaf Bar, Baritone
Geoffrey Parsons, Piano



Being able to read the lyrics in this video made me understand them better. I realized that the song isn't as melancholy as it initially sounded to me. Instead, it is a song of longing and hope, with a little wistfulness in there, too:

Schubert's Ständchen D 957, n°4, German Lyrics:

"Leise flehen meine Lieder durch die Nacht zu dir. In den stillen Hain hernieder, Liebchen, komm zu mir. Flüsterned schlanke Wipfel rauschen in des Mondes Licht. Des Verräters feindlich lauschen fürchte, Holde, nicht. Hörst die Nachtigallen schlagen? Ach, sie flehen dich. Mit der Töne süssen Klagen, flehen sie für mich. Sie verstehen des Busens Sehnen, kennen Liebesschmerz, kennen Liebesschmertz. Rühren mit den Silbertönen jedes weiche Herz. Lass auch dir die Brüst bewegen, Liebchen, höre mich! Bebend harr' ich dir entgegen. Komm, beglücke mich. Komm, beglücke mich."

Erica's English translation:

"Quietly my songs beseech you through the night. In the still grove, Darling, come down to me. The slender branches of the treetops rustle, whispering, in the moonlight. Do not fear the hostile eavesdropping of traitors, Beloved. Do you hear the beat of the nightingales' wings? Oh, they are beseeching you. With the tones of sweet lament, they are begging you for me. They understand the longing in one's breast, they know heartache, they know heartache. May the silver tones touch every soft heart. Let yourself also be moved in your breast, Darling, hear me! Trembling, I wait to meet you. Come, make me happy. Come, make me happy."

That's quite lovely, isn't it? "The slender branches of the treetops rustle, whispering, in the moonlight." Reading the German lyrics helped me identify the words I had to look up, such as "Holde" and "Hain."

I think the treetops rustling and whispering in the moonlight might look like this:

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Old 09-22-2011, 12:17 AM   #43 (permalink)
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That's quite lovely, isn't it? "The slender branches of the treetops rustle, whispering, in the moonlight." Reading the German lyrics helped me identify the words I had to look up, such as "Holde" and "Hain."
True, the lyrics are beautiful. And so is the image.
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Watched this, absolutely phenomenon.
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Watched this, absolutely phenomenonal.
Here's a good video production of 'Va Pensiero' at the Met in New York.


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Here's a good video production of 'Va Pensiero' at the Met in New York.


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Yeah, that's the one I watched. The female lead was astounding:



How a human being achieves such things with one's voice, I'm not sure. But I'm amazed.
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She has a set of lungs on her, all right -- probably a marathon runner.
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I really like opera, I mix many styles, like Opera with metallica, nirvana ect, I like watching and listing to opera thats often in movies to .

great music is opera
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Der Rosenkavalier, Turandot, Marriage of Figaro, and Don Giovanni....
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Opera is the best type of the music. It is the magic of the music .we can easily understand and enjoy the opera songs.
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