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The Fisherman and the Syren: From a ballad by Goethe (1857) by Frederic Leighton (1830-1896)
© Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67866
Recording details: May 2010
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: May 2011
Total duration: 1 minutes 31 seconds

'As for the singing, I cannot praise it too highly. Florian Boesch has a warmly attractive baritone voice and his diction is first class, as is his response to the word meanings. Roger Vignoles's accompaniments, too, give great pleasure in themselves, especially in the pictorial devices which Loewe so relishes. The recording, as we expect from Hyperion, is first-class … if you are new to Loewe's music, I do urge you to try this richly rewarding CD. You won't be disappointed' (Gramophone)

'Boesch's performance demonstrates huge imaginative variety in characterisation … in such ways, Boesch emulates Loewe's own reputation, singing to his own accompaniment, as an 'actor-singer'. Vignoles matches him in playing of perception in what is pretty well an ideal introduction to a fascinating figure' (BBC Music Magazine)

'There is no better introduction to this great song composer; there are scarcely any more perfect song recitals on disc' (Classical Music)

Der du von dem Himmel bist 'Wandrers Nachtlied', Op 9 Book I No 3b
composer
1828
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Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
While Loewe is known today primarily through half-a-dozen of his 200-odd ballads, he also composed some 350 Lieder. If some are trite or conventional, the best, including the two Goethe Wandrers Nachtlied settings, reveal a mastery of shapely cantabile melody and apt, atmospheric accompaniment. Goethe wrote Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh’, his sublime meditation on nature as harbinger of the soul’s rest, on the wall of a wooden shooting-box in the Thuringian hills while contemplating a late-summer sunset. Loewe’s touching settings of this poem (1817), and the prayer for inner peace Der du von dem Himmel bist (1828), are both more operatically Italianate than Schubert’s famous songs.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2011

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