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Lenzgesang, Op 50 No 1
First line:
Seid gegrüßt, ihr grünen Hallen
author of text

'Sibelius: Songs' (CDH55471)
Sibelius: Songs
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Track 18 on CDH55471 [2'36] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Lenzgesang, Op 50 No 1
German was, of course, Sibelius’s first foreign language (he spoke little French or English) and it was natural that at a time when his music was beginning to find a welcome in Germany in the first years of the century he should turn in his Opus 50 to a major language. Two of the set, Im Feld ein Mädchen singt (‘In the field a maiden sings’) and Die stille Stadt (‘The silent town’) are among his greatest songs. Lenzgesang (‘Spring song’), to words of Fitger, suffers from a piano accompaniment set in too low in register, which does not really blend with the voice, but the vocal part itself has exuberance and charm, as indeed does its immediate successor Sehnsucht (‘Longing’, or ‘Loneliness’).

from notes by Robert Layton © 2002

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDH55471 track 18
Recording date
28 June 2001
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Sibelius: Songs (CDA67318)
    Disc 1 Track 18
    Release date: April 2002
    Deletion date: April 2012
    Superseded by CDH55471
  2. Sibelius: Songs (CDH55471)
    Disc 1 Track 18
    Release date: December 2013
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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