Schubert - "Litanei auf das Fest Aller Seelen" Fischer-Dieskau, Moore





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Published on Nov 2, 2008

My second selection for All Souls' Day.

Franz Schubert's "Litanei auf das Fest Aller Seelen", "the prayer-like intensity of which presents one of the greatest tests for a singer of Schubert, since he needs to spin out a seemingly endless legato." (Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Schubert's Songs: A Biographical Study)

Litanei auf das Fest Aller Seelen

Ruh'n in Frieden alle Seelen,
Die vollbracht ein banges Quälen,
Die vollendet süßen Traum,
Lebenssatt, geboren kaum,
Aus der Welt hinüberschieden:
Alle Seelen ruhn in Frieden!

Und die nie der Sonne lachten,
Unterm Mond auf Dornen wachten,
Gott, in reinen Himmelslicht,
Einst zu sehn von Angesicht:
Alle die von hinnen schieden,
Alle Seelen ruhn in Frieden!

Johann Georg Jacobi (1740-1814)

Litany for the Feast of All Souls

Rest in peace, all souls
Who, done with anxious torment,
And with sweet dreams ended,
Weary of life, barely born,
Departed from this world:
All souls rest in peace!

And those who never smiled at the sun,
Kept watch on thorns under the moon,
God, in the pure light of Heaven,
To see face to face one day:
All who have departed from hence,
All souls rest in peace!

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone)
Gerald Moore (piano)

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