L. V. Beethoven

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Format: CD

Cat No: CDA67055

Release Date:  01 February 1999

Label:  Hyperion Records Ltd

Packaging Type:  Jewel Case

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  034571170558

Genres:  Classical  Vocal  

  • Description

    While Beethoven remains the single most influential figure in the history of Western music, his songs have always been somewhat sidelined. He saw music as a world of infinite possibilities, largely unencumbered by textual concerns, but when issues about which he felt strongly enough to express them through a sung text did occur the results were remarkable. At the large end of the scale we have the Ninth Symphony finale, Fidelio, and the Missa Solemnis. And then there are some eighty fascinating Lieder. This charming recital of many rarely-performed songs includes the monumental An die ferne Geliebte cycle, and the six Gellert settings. Although many of Beethoven's own settings are essentially strophic in nature, his songs mark the first moves towards the 'through-composed' form later perfected by Schubert—the inherent simplicity of the strophic model was far too limited in scope for someone of Beethoven's profound musical intelligence. The supreme effort of producing these songs seems to have come from an elemental desire to express his innermost feelings—there is little surviving evidence of any formal performances of Beethoven's songs during his own lifetime.

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. An die Hoffnung Op. 94
      • 2. Maigesang (Mailied) Op. 52 No. 4
      • 3. Adelaide Op. 46
      • 4. Der Liebende WoO 139
      • 5. Klage WoO 113
      • 6. Neue Liebe, neues Leben Op. 75 No. 2
      • 7. Sechs Lieber von Gellert Op. 48: Bitten
      • 8. Sechs Lieder von Gellert Op. 48: Die Liebe des Nachsten
      • 9. Sechs Lieder von Gellert Op. 48: Vom Tode
      • 10. Sechs Lieder von Gellert Op. 48: Die Ehre Gottes aus der Natur
      • 11. Sechs Lieder von Gellert Op. 48: Gottes Macht und Vorsehung
      • 12. Sechs Lieder von Gellert Op. 48: Busslied
      • 13. Aus Goethes Faust Op. 75 No. 3
      • 14. Wonne der Wehmut Op. 83 No. 1
      • 15. Sehnsucht Op. 83 No. 2
      • 16. Das Liedchen von der Ruhe Op. 52 No. 3
      • 17. An die Geliebte WoO 140
      • 18. An die ferne Geliebte Op. 98