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Lebensglück, Op 88

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Unlike the famous and influential Herder, the poet of Lebensglück, Op 88, is unknown. On 22 October 1803, Beethoven’s friend Ferdinand Ries wrote the publisher Nicholas Simrock in Bonn to say that Beethoven had sent him the words of his new song, Glück der Freundschaft, the title subsequently altered for its publication that same year. The old axiom that 'shared joy is doubled, shared-sorrow dispelled' is brought to melodious life at the beginning and then flowers into a celebration of love, its joy made evident in the triplet figures in the piano—greater motion to tell of love’s vitality—and the trills of delight at song’s end.

from notes by Susan Youens © 2009


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


Track 15 on SIGCD145 [2'21] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD145 track 15

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 15
    Release date: January 2009
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