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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 2 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)

Die Uhr, Op 123 No 3
First line:
Ich trage, wo ich gehe
composer
1852
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Gabriel Seidl’s allegorical poem Die Uhr may seem coyly whimsical to us today. But Loewe’s 1852 setting has a charming delicacy of touch, darkening for a moment of impressive solemnity as the poet imagines the clock stopping for good (‘Doch stände sie einmal stille’). The composer recalled that when he sang the song for the first time in public, a small boy in the audience listened attentively and then sighed: ‘I wish I could have a clock like that too.’

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2011

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