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Faust and Magaretha. after Ary Scheffer (1795-1858)
Sotheby’s Picture Library
Track(s) taken from CDA67055
Recording details: September 1998
Tonstudio Teije van Geest, Sandhausen, Germany
Produced by Teije van Geest
Engineered by Teije van Geest
Release date: February 1999
Total duration: 2 minutes 2 seconds

'Stephan Genz has one of the most beautiful voices around today, used with such authority and imagination that I have found myself playing his Beethoven recital over and over again. I have never heard these songs sung more beautifully. An instant classic' (Gramophone)

'This disc, immaculately recorded, should win many new friends for Beethoven's songs' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Perfectly sung' (The Independent)

'A voice of warm, velvety beauty. A disc to have one reassessing Beethoven as song-writer' (The Guardian)

'As good as any anthology of Beethoven songs on CD' (Classic CD)

'Strongly recommended' (Hi-Fi News)

Maigesang, Op 52 No 4
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Understandably popular for its rare glimpse of Beethoven in a completely untroubled and relaxed frame of mind, Mailied, with its playful piano interludes between verses, sounds like a precursor to the more light-hearted moments in Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin. Goethe writes of man’s unalloyed joy at Nature, and although Beethoven’s setting could hardly be described as a profound realization, it nevertheless provides a delightful soundscape on which to base the great poet’s inspired muse.

from notes by Julian Haylock © 1999

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