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Watching the Geese by Paul Wilhelm Keller-Reutlingen (1854-1920)
Sotheby’s Picture Library
Track(s) taken from CDH55389
Recording details: February 2002
Tonstudio Teije van Geest, Sandhausen, Germany
Produced by Teije van Geest
Engineered by Teije van Geest
Release date: November 2002
Total duration: 1 minutes 46 seconds

'A fascinating recital' (Gramophone)

'It would be hard to imagine these virtually unknown songs better performed than here' (The Daily Telegraph)

'A very attractive programme … superbly controlled singing that goes right to the heart of Wolf's spontaneous response to the poetry' (International Record Review)

'[Genz] has a chocolate-honey sound, an ability to colour his voice with every shade of emotion, and a thrilling dramatic presence' (Classic FM Magazine)

'In sum, another top-of-the-line issue—confirming yet again that Hyperion has consistently the best production values in the business—and, for Wolf's admirers, another indispensable album' (Fanfare, USA)

'The programme is sung throughout with easeful tonal beauty; and Roger Vignoles is at his glorious best as he reveals the wonders of Wolf’s writing for the piano' (Musical Opinion)

'Stefan Genz aborde ces œuvres avec le timbre franc et agréable qu’on lui connaît' (Répertoire, France)

Sterne mit den gold'nen Füsschen
composer
November 1880
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Sterne mit den gold’nen Füsschen (November 1880) is a song in which the Wolfian thumbprint is unmistakable, its repeated right-hand demisemiquavers clearly anticipating later examples such as Mausfallensprüchlein and, most strikingly, O wär’ dein Haus from the Italian Songbook.

from notes by Roger Vignoles © 2002

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