This is one of Schubert’s most loved and frequently performed songs. It’s the only one of Schubert’s songs that sets a text by the Swabian poet Ludwig Uhland and while the lyrics may not be the finest Uhland ever wrote Schubert transforms them into a thing of rare beauty. Like all songs that are full of bittersweet emotion Frühlingsglaube can, in the hands of a performer determined to milk it for all it’s worth rapidly descend into maudlin sentimentality.
It’s frequently performed but not always well performed and rarely as well performed as on the BIS label’s enchanting recording of Schubert songs [ AmazonUK AmazonUS ArkivMusic ] featuring Camilla Tilling accompanied by Paul Rivinius. Tilling treats the song gently and tenderly, almost with diffidence, and the effect is wonderful. Enjoy :-).
Text & Translation: Frühlingsglaube D686 Die linden Lüfte sind erwacht
Die linden Lüfte sind erwacht,
Balmy breezes are awakened;
Die Welt wird schöner mit jedem Tag,
Johann Ludwig Uhland (1787-1862)
The world grows fairer each day;
Translation Source: Richard Wigmore © 2005