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Track(s) taken from CDA67866

Lynceus, der Thürmer, auf Fausts Sternwarte singend, Op 9 Book VIII No 3

First line:
Zum Sehen geboren
author of text

Florian Boesch (baritone), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Recording details: May 2010
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: May 2011
Total duration: 3 minutes 32 seconds

Cover artwork: The Fisherman and the Syren: From a ballad by Goethe (1857) by Frederic Leighton (1830-1896)
© Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery / Bridgeman Art Library, London


'As for the singing, I cannot praise it too highly. Florian Boesch has a warmly attractive baritone voice and his diction is first class, as is his response to the word meanings. Roger Vignoles's accompaniments, too, give great pleasure in themselves, especially in the pictorial devices which Loewe so relishes. The recording, as we expect from Hyperion, is first-class … if you are new to Loewe's music, I do urge you to try this richly rewarding CD. You won't be disappointed' (Gramophone)

'Boesch's performance demonstrates huge imaginative variety in characterisation … in such ways, Boesch emulates Loewe's own reputation, singing to his own accompaniment, as an 'actor-singer'. Vignoles matches him in playing of perception in what is pretty well an ideal introduction to a fascinating figure' (BBC Music Magazine)

'There is no better introduction to this great song composer; there are scarcely any more perfect song recitals on disc' (Classical Music)
One of Loewe’s finest Lieder is his rapt, bel canto setting—somewhere between Schubert and Bellini—of the last of Goethe’s great lyrics, Lynceus, der Thürmer (1833). In the Part Two of Faust, the lynx-eyed watchman on the tower, and by extension the aged Goethe himself, contemplates the beauty of all he surveys, and hymns his gratitude for the gift of sight.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2011

L’un des plus beaux lieder de Loewe est sa version bel canto profonde—qui se situe entre Schubert et Bellini—du dernier grand poème lyrique de Goethe, Lynceus, der Thürmer (1833). Dans la seconde partie de Faust, le veilleur aux yeux de lynx sur la tour, par extension le vieux Goethe lui-même, contemple la beauté de tout ce qu’il embrasse du regard et chante un hymne à la gloire du don de la vue.

extrait des notes rédigées par Richard Wigmore © 2011
Français: Marie-Stella Pâris

Eines der besten Lieder Loewes ist seine verzückte Belcanto-Vertonung—zwischen Schubert und Bellini anzusiedeln—von einem der letzten Texte Goethes, Lynceus, der Thürmer (1833). In Faust II sinniert der luchsäugige Turmwächter, und damit auch der alte Goethe selbst, über die Schönheit, die er sieht und preist sich dankbar für die Gabe des Sehens.

aus dem Begleittext von Richard Wigmore © 2011
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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