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Track(s) taken from CDA67055

An die Geliebte, WoO140 First version

author of text

Stephan Genz (baritone), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Recording details: September 1998
Tonstudio Teije van Geest, Sandhausen, Germany
Produced by Teije van Geest
Engineered by Teije van Geest
Release date: February 1999
Total duration: 0 minutes 56 seconds

Cover artwork: Faust and Magaretha. after Ary Scheffer (1795-1858)
Sotheby’s Picture Library

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Roderick Williams (baritone), Iain Burnside (piano)


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Although Beethoven revised this brief song later the same year – changing the predominant rhythmic movement in the accompaniment from duplets to triplets – the unvarnished simplicity of this, the earlier setting, is arguably the more effective.

from notes by Julian Haylock © 1999

Bien que révisé l’année même de sa composition – Beethoven changea le mouvement rythmique prédominant de l’accompagnement (duolets) en triolets –, ce bref lied, à la simplicité sans fard, est, d’une certaine manière, le plus efficace.

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

Zwar hat Beethoven dieses kurze Lied noch im selben Jahr überarbeitet – und die vorherrschende rhythmische Bewegung in der Begleitung von Duolen in Triolen umgewandelt –, doch ließe sich mit einigem Recht behaupten, daß die ungeschminkte Schlichtheit dieser früheren Vertonung wirkungsvoller ist.

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

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