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Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock

born: 2 July 1724
died: 14 March 1803
country: Germany

Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock was born near Hamburg, and brought up with a sound classical training influenced by Pietistic thought. His enthusiasm for the works of Milton, and in particular Paradise Lost (translated by Bodmer) led to the writing of his acknowledged masterpiece Der Messias, the first part of which appeared in print in the poet's twenty-fourth year and which was eventually translated into seventeen languages. This work quickly won him a huge reputation. He began to write a series of Odes in 1747, a free-verse form he was to pursue all his life. In 1751, at the invitation of the King of Denmark, he moved to Copenhagen, where he lived for twenty years. He met and married Margarethe (Meta) Moller (the 'Cidli' of a number of love poems, two of which Schubert set) in 1754. After experimentation in the fields of patriotic historical drama and religious poetry he returned to Germany where he was influential on the group around the young Goethe at Strasburg University, and even more on the circle of poets known as the 'Göttinger Hainbund'. It has always been a moot point among Germanists whether Klopstock was an innovator, the final flowering of the spirit of the Baroque, or an irrelevant dry-as-dust figure. His later writings include a tract on spelling reform, and works which were first pro, then violently anti, the upheaval of the French Revolution. He was an early enthusiast of Teutonic mythology, and wrote three plays about the early German hero Aminius.

from notes by Graham Johnson 1990

Albums

Mahler: Symphonies Nos 1-3
Studio Master: SIGCD360Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Mahler: Symphony No 2
Studio Master: CKD452Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Mahler: Symphony No 2
Studio Master: LSO0666Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Mendelssohn: Lieder
CDH55360Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Schubert: The Complete Songs
CDS44201/4040CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 20
CDJ33020Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40Download currently discounted
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 22
CDJ33022Download currently discounted
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 23 – Christoph Prégardien
CDJ33023Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 31 – Christine Brewer
CDJ33031
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 32
CDJ33032Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40Download currently discounted
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 5 – Elizabeth Connell
CDJ33005Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40Download currently discounted
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 7 – Elly Ameling
CDJ33007Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 8 – Sarah Walker
CDJ33008Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Songs by Schubert's contemporaries
CDJ33051/33CDs
Strauss: The Complete Songs, Vol. 2 – Anne Schwanewilms
CDA67588

Complete works available for download

GUSTAV MAHLER (1860-1911))
Symphony No 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'Philharmonia Orchestra, Lorin Maazel (conductor)
Symphony No 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'Philharmonia Orchestra, Benjamin Zander (conductor)
Symphony No 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (conductor)
FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797-1828))
An Sie, D288Jamie MacDougall (tenor), Graham Johnson (piano)
Das grosse Halleluja, D442Daniel Norman (tenor), Toby Spence (tenor), Christopher Maltman (baritone), Stephan Loges (baritone), Neal Davies (bass), Graham Johnson (piano)
Das Rosenband, D280Elly Ameling (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Dem Unendlichen, D291 First versionElizabeth Connell (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Dem Unendlichen, D291 Second versionChristine Brewer (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Die frühen Gräber, D290Sarah Walker (mezzo-soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Die Gestirne, D444Christine Brewer (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Die Sommernacht, D289Sarah Walker (mezzo-soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Edone, D445Christoph Prégardien (tenor), Graham Johnson (piano)
Furcht der Geliebten 'An Cidli', D285Simon Keenlyside (baritone), Graham Johnson (piano)
Hermann und Thusnelda, D322Lorna Anderson (soprano), Simon Keenlyside (baritone), Graham Johnson (piano)
Nun lasst uns den Leib begraben, D168Patricia Rozario (soprano), Catherine Denley (contralto), Ian Bostridge (tenor), Michael George (bass), Graham Johnson (piano)
Osterlied 'Jesus Christus unser Heiland', D168aPatricia Rozario (soprano), Catherine Denley (contralto), Ian Bostridge (tenor), Michael George (bass), Graham Johnson (piano)
Schlachtgesang, D443John Mark Ainsley (tenor), The London Schubert Chorale, Stephen Layton (conductor), Graham Johnson (piano)
Selma und Selmar, D286bJamie MacDougall (tenor), Lorna Anderson (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Vaterlandslied, D287Lorna Anderson (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

An Sie, D288 (Schubert)
Begrabt den Leib in seiner Gruft  
Cidli, du weinest, und ich schlumm’re sicher  
Das grosse Halleluja, D442 (Schubert)
Das Rosenband  
Das Rosenband, D280 (Schubert)
Dein süsses Bild, Edone  
Dem Unendlichen, D291 First version (Schubert)
Dem Unendlichen, D291 Second version (Schubert)
Die frühen Gräber  
Die frühen Gräber, D290 (Schubert)
Die Gestirne, D444 (Schubert)
Die Sommernacht, D289 (Schubert)
Edone, D445 (Schubert)
Ehre sei dem Hocherhabnen, dem Ersten  
Es tönet sein Lob Feld und Wald, Tal und Gebirg  
Furcht der Geliebten 'An Cidli', D285 (Schubert)
Ha, dort kömmt er, mit Schweiss, mit Römerblut  
Hermann und Thusnelda, D322 (Schubert)
Ich bin ein deutsches Mädchen!  
Im Frühlingsgarten fand ich sie  
Im Frühlingsschatten fand ich sie  
Mit unserm Arm ist nichts getan  
Nun lasst uns den Leib begraben, D168 (Schubert)
Osterlied 'Jesus Christus unser Heiland', D168a (Schubert)
Schlachtgesang, D443 (Schubert)
Selma und Selmar, D286b (Schubert)
Symphony No 2 in C minor 'Resurrection' (Mahler)
Twelve Songs, Op 9 (Mendelssohn)
Überwunden hat der Herr den Tod!  
Vaterlandslied, D287 (Schubert)
Vier Lieder, Op 36 (Strauss)
Weine du nicht, o die ich innig liebe  
Wenn der Schimmer von dem Monde nun herab  
Wie erhebt sich das Herz, wenn es dich  
Wie erhebt sich das Herz, wenn es dich  
Willkommen, o silberner Mond  
Willkommen, o silberner Mond  
Zeit, Verkündigerin der besten Freuden  
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