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Mit einem gemahlten Band, Op 83 No 3

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Mit einem gemalten Band is a reminder of Goethe’s early allegiance to the Anakreontiker, those earlier eighteenth-century German poets who took their cue from the Greek poet Anacreon (sixth century B. C.). He, and they, sang of Eros, springtime, wine, crickets, roses, of reveling in all life’s beauty despite Time and the ticking clock which bear us to our deaths. Goethe did not remain long among the neo-Anacreontic poets, but before he left their company, he endowed the repertory with several masterpieces, and this is one of them. Until the final stanza, the sentiments seem conventional sugary compliments to a sweetheart (although one notes the doubled artistry of painted ribbon and written poem … One creates art to celebrate love and Nature), but at the end, Goethe shatters the rococo conventions. The sweetheart is bidden to feel what he feels, to give him her hand freely, to know that what links them is an enduring human bond with nothing frivolous about it. Beethoven got the point: the song trips along in an enchantingly mellifluous, pastoral vein until the first statement of the crucial verb in the imperative, 'Fühle' (Feel). When that word (indicative of the Goethean revolution in poetry) first appears, it is set apart by rests on either side, while the other crucial verb, 'verbindet' (that which binds us) is the occasion for a soaring mini-cadenza.

from notes by Susan Youens © 2009


Beethoven: Lieder und Gesänge
Studio Master: SIGCD145Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


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Recording date
3 May 2008
Recording venue
St Paul's Church, Deptford, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
John H West
Recording engineer
Andrew Mellor
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  1. Beethoven: Lieder und Gesänge (SIGCD145)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: January 2009
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