Therese Behr Schnabel Recording of 1904: Robert Schuman Song "Ich Grolle Nicht"




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Published on Sep 14, 2013

Born in Stuttgart, Germany, on September 14, 1876, the contralto Therese Behr Schnabel was one of the leading lieder and concert singers of her time. She performed with the most accomplished orchestras and accompanists and was instrumental in launching her husband Artur Schnabel's career.

The song presented here is part of the "DIchterliebe" song cycle by Robert Schumann. From the Wikipedia page on Dichterliebe comes the translation of the original German text: Ich grolle nicht (Heine no 18). (I do not chide you, though my heart breaks, love ever lost to me! Though you shine in a field of diamonds, no ray falls into your heart's darkness. I have long known it: I saw the night in your heart, I saw the serpent that devours it: I saw, my love, how empty you are.)

The recording was made in Berlin in a private home. The accompanist is unknown, likely not Artur Schnabel. We thank Allan Evans who worked his magic to improve the sound of this historic recording.

The photograph dates from 1902.


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