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Father & Son (re-issue)

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Father & Son (re-issue)
Father & Son (re-issue)


An intriguing project, whose programme is based on Lieder and traditional songs arranged for two tenors and piano. Well-known father and son, Christoph & Julian Pregardien, present these gentle and thoughtful, improvisational and communicative arrangements for two voices.

The conditions under which Schubert's art of the song developed into a kaleidoscopically incandescent spectrum that crossed over genres and the institutionally set, historical boundaries disappear today as a rule under the pedestal that the late nineteenth century began to erect for the composer. The traces of improvisational practice were increasingly lost within a music culture that stylised the printed manuscript into a quasi sacred object. A particularly successful way of leading back to a fundamental impetus in Schubert's art of the song is through an approach towards the songs that takes the moment of spontaneous performance seriously as a communicative act, without denying the work character of Schubert's music. The idea of 'one' universal human voice seems to materialise with particular intensity in the commingling of two voices of similar timbre, which can permanently interchange and double their identity. Based on our knowledge for instance of the Schubertiade reminiscences of 1868, remembered and noted down by Moritz von Schwind, can we not imagine that the 'Schubert singers' Johann Michael Vogl and Karl von Schönstein might indeed have sung alternately (or even in unison)?

Julian Prégardien: In our arrangements we first and foremost wanted an encounter with the prodigious complexity of Schubert's oeuvre in lied and to show that boundaries overlap! Schubert composed the song "Widerspruch" (Contradiction) in two versions in any case namely the solo version and as an ensemble lied and we are now in a way adding a third. With "Licht und Liebe" (Light and Love) we have also included an original composition for two voices, as well as dramatic ballads, convivial vocal ensembles and elegiacally meditative solo songs which we have "heard" anew and arranged in various ways.


  1. Name
  2. Silcher: Frisch gesungen
  3. Silcher: Annchen von Tharau
  4. Silcher: O wie herbe ist das Scheiden
  5. Silcher: Loreley
  6. Schubert: Erlkonig D 328
  7. Schubert: Wanderers Nachtlied D 768
  8. Schubert: Zum Rundtanz D 983 Nr.3
  9. Schubert: Die Nacht D 983 Nr.4
  10. Schubert: Im Abendrot D 799
  11. Schubert: Fischers Liebesglück D 933
  12. Schubert: Auf dem Wasser zu singen D 774
  13. Schubert: Der Zwerg D 771
  14. Schubert: Meeres Stille D 216
  15. Schubert: Widerspruch D 865
  16. Schubert: Licht und Liebe D 352
  17. Schubert: Nacht und Traume D 827
  18. Fruhlingsstrophe
  19. Zilcher: Der betrunkene Sternseher
  20. Zilcher: Ein Traum ist unser Leben
  21. Zilcher: Uber allen Gipfeln ist Ruh
  22. Zilcher: Guter Rat
  23. Brahms: Die Sonne scheint nicht mehr
  24. Brahms: In stiller Nacht
  25. Brahms: Erlaube mir, feins Mädchen
  26. Brahms: Da unten im Tale
  27. Schumann: Nachtlied
  28. Schumann: Weisst du, wieviel Sternlein stehen
  29. Anon: O du stille Zeit
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