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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: 3 minutes 57 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 Pilgrim vor St Just, Op 99 No 3
First line:
Nacht ist's, und Stürme sausen für und für
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
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

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