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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

Jouissant d’une popularité compréhensible, car dévoilant un Beethoven rare, totalement serein et détendu, Mailied semble, avec ses espiègles interludes pianistiques entre les strophes, préfigurer les moments plus légers de Die schöne Müllerin de Schubert. Goethe dit la joie sans mélange que la Nature procure à l’homme et, même si elle ne saurait guère être décrite comme une réalisation profonde, la mise en musique de Beethoven offre un paysage sonore charmant, sur lequel faire reposer la muse inspirée du grand poète.

extrait des notes rédigées par Julian Haylock © 1999
Français: Hyperion Records Ltd

Verständlicherweise beliebt, da es Beethoven ausnahmsweise in völlig ungetrübter, entspannter Gemütsverfassung zeigt, klingt das Mailied mit seinen verspielten Klaviereinschüben zwischen den Strophen wie ein Vorläufer der unbeschwerteren Momente von Schuberts Schöner Müllerin. Goethe schreibt von der ungetrübten Freude des Menschen an der Natur, und obwohl sich Beethovens Vertonung kaum als profunde Umsetzung bezeichnen läßt, sorgt sie doch für eine reizvolle Klanglandschaft, um die schöpferische Muse des Dichters darin anzusiedeln. (Siehe auch Nr. br, op. 52, Nr. 3.)

aus dem Begleittext von Julian Haylock © 1999
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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Beethoven: Songs
CDA67055
Beethoven: Songs
GAW21055Last few CD copies remainingDownload currently discounted
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 2
This album is not yet available for downloadHYP202CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

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Track 2 on CDA67055 [2'02]
Track 2 on GAW21055 [2'02] Last few CD copies remaining
Track 21 on HYP20 CD2 [2'02] 2CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

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ISRC
GB-AJY-99-05502
Duration
2'02
Recording date
9 September 1998
Recording venue
Tonstudio Teije van Geest, Sandhausen, Germany
Recording producer
Teije van Geest
Recording engineer
Teije van Geest
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  1. Beethoven: Songs (CDA67055)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: February 1999
  2. Beethoven: Songs (GAW21055)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: September 2003
    Last few CD copies remaining
  3. The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 2 (HYP20)
    Disc 2 Track 21
    Release date: October 2000
    Deletion date: October 2010
    2CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted
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