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Track(s) taken from CDA67866

Der Pilgrim vor St Just, Op 99 No 3

First line:
Nacht ist's, und Stürme sausen für und für
composer
1844
author of text

Florian Boesch (baritone), Roger Vignoles (piano)
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: 3 minutes 57 seconds

Cover artwork: 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
 
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Reviews

'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 Pilgrim vor St Just (1844) comes from a set of four ballads about the Spanish King Charles V, whose retirement to the monastery of St Just (he had his own palace built in the grounds) was not quite as ascetically self-denying as legend has it. The monastery bell tolls gloomily throughout in the left hand, while the right hand intones an austere chant in counterpoint with the voice.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2011

Der Pilgrim vor St Just (1844) provient d’un recueil de quatre ballades sur le roi d’Espagne Charles Quint, dont la retraite au monastère de Saint-Just (il avait fait construire son propre palais dans l’enceinte du monastère) ne fut pas aussi pleine d’abnégation sur le plan ascétique que le veut la légende. La cloche du monastère sonne d’un air lugubre dans la main gauche tout au long de l’histoire, pendant que la main droite entonne un chant austère en contrepoint de la voix.

extrait des notes rédigées par Richard Wigmore © 2011
Français: Marie-Stella Pâris

Der Pilgrim vor St Just (1844) stammt aus einem Zyklus von vier Balladen über den spanischen König Karl V., dessen Ruhestand in dem Kloster von St. Just (wo er seinen eigenen Palast errichten ließ) nicht ganz so asketisch und entsagungsvoll war, wie es in der Legende beschrieben wird. Die Klosterglocke läutet schwermütig und durchgängig in der linken Hand, während die rechte Hand einen schmucklosen Gesang im Kontrapunkt mit dem Sänger anstimmt.

aus dem Begleittext von Richard Wigmore © 2011
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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