Swiss Tenor Eric Tappy was well-known for his stage performances; particularly in Monteverdi’s Orfeo or the big Mozart operas. This unexpected Schöne Müllerin is therefore a total surprise; and it is worth explaining the circumstances of this first edition.
We are back in 1974; Eric Tappy and his pianist Ruben Lifschitz feel they are ready; after many months of rehearsals; to present Schubert’s wonderful cycle to the public. The day before the recording; they were invited to the Chamber music room of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and gave a highly successful first public performance. Serene; the artists went to Hilversum and recorded the whole cycle in a single day; for radio broadcast.
A few weeks later; the cycle was broadcast on Dutch Radio KRO; one of the listeners recorded the programme on his Revox and sent the tape to Eric Tappy in Switzerland; who put it safely away; hoping that he would find time to listen to it some day. Indeed he did; but thirty-five years later…. As for the listener who sent the precious tape in 1974; he was none other but one of the greatest Swiss composers of the 20th century; Frank Martin; who was at the time living in Naarden in the Netherlands; and who was a friend of Eric Tappy’s.
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