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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 26 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)

Der Liebende, WoO139
composer
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Throughout his career Beethoven was prone not only to artistic leaps forward, but also to fond reflections of past achievements. Der Liebende clearly belongs in the latter category, for despite a suggestion in the harmonies of the variation (middle) movement of the ‘Kreutzer’ Sonata (1803), there is little here that implies an affinity with such contemporaneous triumphs as the Op 75 songs, the ‘Harp’ String Quartet or the ‘Les Adieux’ Piano Sonata. There is an unmistakably Schubertian feel to Der Liebende, yet this delightful plaisanterie does little more than scratch the surface of the powerful emotions expressed in the poem.

from notes by Julian Haylock © 1999

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