Schubert - Landler, Minuets, Ecossaises | Naxos 8574277

Schubert - Landler, Minuets, Ecossaises


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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8574277

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 26th February 2021



Social and musical life in Biedermeier Vienna during the first decade of the 19th century created a great demand for dances which took place in the residences of wealthy citizens. With their echoes of the Austrian countryside Schubert’s folk-type Ländler are dances in 3/4 time, precursors of the waltz. Composed towards the end of his life when Schubert wrote his greatest music, the sets of 16 and 17 Ländler are notable for their melodic inventiveness. The 16 are dedicated to the ladies of Vienna and known as the Wiener Damen-Ländler; while the Écossaises were intended for facing lines of dancers rather than couples. Daniel Lebhardt relishes the joy and ‘irresistible and sometimes quite delirious’ ingenuity of these jewel-like dances.

The new release is part of a series of albums in Naxos’s new joint initiative with the UK’s Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, presenting debut albums for outstanding students at the conservatoire.

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