Un petit chien ne sait pas quoi demander pour Noël, mais le Père Noël, sait très bien ce dont il a besoin.
In the early months of 1827 Franz Schubert was not in good health, and his financial situation was desolate. At this time the composer was living in the Vienna house of his friend Franz von Schober, who placed a small library at his disposal. Here, in the month of February, Schubert discovered in the pages of an almanac for 1823 the cycle of poems Die Winterreise by Wilhelm Müller. Fascinated by these texts - especially as he had already successfully set the same author's cycle Die schöne Müllerin - he quickly began writing music for them. However, the almanac did not print the complete Winterreise as we know it today, just the first twelve poems. It was only in the autumn of 1827 that Schubert found the whole cycle of twenty-four poems in Müller's Gedichte aus den hinterlassenen Papieren eines reisenden Waldhornisten (Poems from the posthumous papers of a travelling horn player), published in 1824. He immediately set these poems too, calling this the 'continuation of Winterreise'. The gloomy climate of the lieder corresponds exactly to Schubert's mood of the period. : Sibylle Kamphues
Prinzessinnen, Fabelwesen und Hexen, das sind die Lieblingsfiguren in den Märchen der Gebrüder Grimm, Wilhelm Hauff und Christian Andersen. …
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf : soprano
Elisabeth Höngen : contralto
Hans Hopf : tenor
Otto Edelmann : bass
Recorded in the Festspielhaus, Bayreuth on 29th July 1951