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Sechs Lieder von Gellert, Op 48
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No 1: Bitten  Gott, deine Güte reicht so weit
No 2: Die Liebe des Nächsten  So jemand spricht: Ich liebe Gott!
No 3: Vom Tode  Meine Lebenszeit verstreicht
No 4: Die Ehre Gottes aus der Natur  Die Himmel rühmen des Ewigen Ehre
No 5: Gottes Macht und Vorsehung  Gott ist mein Lied!
No 6: Busslied  An dir allein, an dir hab ich gesündigt

Sechs Lieder von Gellert, Op 48
The set of six poems that Beethoven chose for this attractive collection were all taken from Gellert’s celebrated volume entitled Geistliche Oden und Lieder, originally published in 1757. So remarkable was its impact at the time that it was set in its entirety by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach the following year.

Bearing in mind such towering late masterpieces as the Missa Solemnis and the ‘Choral’ Symphony, one can easily imagine how congenial the overriding message of the unity of mankind and the notion of a beneficent God were to Beethoven. Yet despite his passionately held beliefs and sympathies, these songs are remarkably contained, both emotionally and pianistically.

For this recording, Stephan Genz and Roger Vignoles have reinstated a number of the original verses omitted by Beethoven in the first printed edition, thereby creating a greater sense of balance between the nominally terse first five songs and Busslied. These are appended (number of extra verses in brackets) to Bitten, Die Liebe des Nächsten, Vom Tode, Die Ehre Gottes aus der Natur, and Gottes Macht und Vorsehung.

from notes by Julian Haylock © 1999

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Gottes Macht und Vorsehung
Recording date
9 September 1998
Recording venue
Tonstudio Teije van Geest, Sandhausen, Germany
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Teije van Geest
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Teije van Geest
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    Release date: February 1999
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