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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: 4 minutes 7 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)

Odins Meeresritt, oder Der Schmied auf Helgoland, Op 118
First line:
Meister Oluf, der Schmied auf Helgoland
composer
1851
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
With Odins Meeresritt (1851), written in Norway while Loewe was recovering from the trauma of his daughter Adele’s death, the composer revisits the dark world of Scandinavian folk legend. The horse’s restless pawing, and (at the end) the strange glow and the soaring eagles are evoked as colourfully as the contrasting figures of the demonically driven Odin (= Wotan), king of the gods (from his music alone we know he is a giant), and the wary blacksmith. Memorable, too, is Loewe’s depiction of the expanding horseshoe (‘Es ist zu klein, da dehnt es sich aus’) in a slow crescendo and mysterious chromatic harmonies that grow to a dazzling brightness.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2011

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