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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: 4 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)

First line:
Trübe Wolken, Herbstesluft
July 1879
author of text

Introduction  EnglishDeutsch
The last three Lenau songs were composed in July 1879, when Wolf had returned temporarily to his native Silesia, and they represent a definite advance in maturity of expression. The first, Herbstentschluss, is yet another wandering song, but this time the piano part is tempered by its Schubertian texture of tremolando semiquavers, and the musical momentum more surely sustained.

from notes by Roger Vignoles © 2002

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