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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: 3 minutes 6 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)

Klage, WoO113
composer
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
An early setting that, despite its deceptively simple outlines and such delightfully ‘naive’ effects as the doubling of right hand and voice during the first verse, touches an emotional nerve in the young composer’s psyche that was to be amongst his most enduring expressive traits – an exemplary handling of the minor mode. Following the amiable opening, the music suddenly turns dark and introspective, its quality rising proportionately. The reflective piano postlude – avoiding the hollow victory of a tierce de Picardie ending – was later to become a strong feature of Schumann’s songs in particular.

from notes by Julian Haylock © 1999

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