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Track(s) taken from CDA67866

Die wandelnde Glocke, Op 20 No 3

First line:
Es war ein Kind, das wollte nie
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: 1 minutes 45 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

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'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)
Goethe’s tongue-in-cheek ballad Die wandelnde Glocke tells the story of an errant schoolboy terrified into mending his ways by a roving bell. Loewe’s setting of 1832 illustrates the narrative in delightful picture-book style. The voice sings a jaunty, folksy tune, while the piano, as ever, provides piquant detail—the tolling bell, the blithely skipping child, and the hullabaloo as the bell ‘escapes’.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2011

La ballade au deuxième degré de Goethe Die wandelnde Glocke raconte l’histoire d’un écolier dévoyé qu’une cloche errante mène à s’amender par le biais de la peur. La version de Loewe, qui date de 1832, illustre l’histoire dans le style merveilleux d’un livre d’images. La voix chante un air guilleret et campagnard, tandis que, comme toujours, le piano donne des détails piquants—la cloche qui sonne, l’enfant qui saute à la corde avec insouciance et l’esclandre lorsque la cloche «s’échappe».

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

Goethes ironische Ballade Die wandelnde Glocke erzählt die Geschichte eines unfolgsamen Schuljungen, der von einer sich bewegenden Glocke eines Besseren belehrt wird. Loewes Vertonung von 1832 illustriert die Erzählung in einem reizenden Bilderbuch-Stil. Die Singstimme hat eine lebhafte, volkstümliche Melodie, während das Klavier, wie so oft, beißende komische Details beisteuert—die läutende Glocke, das heiter hüpfende Kind und das Tohuwabohu, das losbricht, wenn die Glocke „entkommt“.

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

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