MARK RAPHAEL (Baritone)
SCHUBERT'S wonderful gift of melody found its most natural expression in his songs, of which he wrote over six hundred. He seemed to lay hold, with almost unfailing insight and clear purpose, of the various types of emotion and thought in the poems he set, and to choose for each the perfectly appropriate musical expression.
The Serenade is one of the loveliest of all such tender greetings. The other Schubert song comes from the cycle entitled The Fair of the Mill, settings of poems by Wilhelm. A miller's apprentice goes off to see the world. Whither ? is the question he puts to a brooklet beside which he takes his way. 'You will find your mill to turn, some day,' is his reflection, and. I'll iind my work waiting for me too.'
Du bist wie eine Blume is from the cycle Myrthen (Myrtles), an offering to Schumann's betrothed. It is just a moment of sweet. musing upon one who is pure and fair, whose beauty arouses sweet sadness in the heart.
Ich grolle nicht (from the cycle
Dichterliebe—The Poet's Love) is the port's lament. The loved one is lost, and his heart is broken, but he will not murmur at the blow.