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Schubert: Die schone Mullerin D.795 (arranged for voice and guitar by Ragossnig and Duarte) [Original recording remastered]

Franz Schubert , John W. Duarte , Konrad Ragossnig , Peter Schreier Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (June 22, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Berlin Classics
  • ASIN: B0000035MW
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #633,159 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Original, intimate and tender February 28, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I should point out from the outset that I tend to be something of a purist with music and so, as a rule, any adaptation of the composer's original goes against the grain for me. But this adaptation for voice and guitar is really so utterly convincing, so seductively intimate and tender, that it really is worth a hearing, and many more hearings after that. The guitar accompaniment is astonishingly loyal to Schubert's piano original,and Peter Schreier sings as if he is there, whispering the story to you and no one else. My favourite version of this cycle will still probably be Ian Bostridge with Graham Johnson at the piano and also the Brigitte Fassbaender version with Aribert Reimann. But this original and unique version will always be a treasure, too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic February 28, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album was a watershed moment for the art of the guitar accompanied song. In the 50's and 60's, Bream and Pears, with the help of their compatriot composers Britten, Walton, Berkeley and others showed the world that the guitar is well up to the task of supporting and emotionally expanding a full, original song cycle.

The next step, taken here by Ragossnig and fellow arranger John Duarte, was to find a historic cycle which would be suitable, in its entirety for a guitar transcription. Die Schone Mullerin works (uniquely?) beautifully, and this classic record is still the best version with guitar, though Bergstrom and Persson have also made a notable contribution to the catalogue.

Ragossnig and Schreier made many recordings in the 70's of Renaissance-Romantic songs, they were the best in those years after Bream and Pears who were perhaps more adventurous for commissioning new works. Today, the finest ensemble of this sort is probably the Hoppstock and Pregardien duo, I also highly recommend Songs of Love and Death, their only CD to date (2/07).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fitting Memorial May 18, 2012
Format:MP3 Music
This is a recording made when Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Gerald Moore were at their peak. It brings back memories of watching them perform "Die Schöne Müllerin" in Philadelphia in the mid 60s. Even as a kid, I realized this was something wonderful. He commanded the poetry and the music, and his voice was flexible and melodic. Moore accompanied masterfully. It remains the best recording of the song cycle.

Now Fischer-Dieskau is dead, and we have lost a master. "We thank you, Lord, for giving him to us to know and to love as a companion on our earthly pilgrimage."

If you want the whole album (and I can't imagine anyone wanting anything less), I suggest getting this version:

Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin

It's cheaper and it's the same recording.
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