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Das Geheimnis, WoO145

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Das Geheimnis. Liebe und Wahrheit, WoO145, first published in a Viennese almanach in 1816, is a setting of a poem by Ignaz Heinrich Freiherr von Wessenberg (1774-1860), a liberal Catholic churchman who advocated a German national church and incurred papal displeasure for it. Here, the poet asks the Muse for the whereabouts of the flower that never fades and the star that shines forever, and the Muse bids him search within for those enduring treasures. No wonder Beethoven was drawn to this poem: could he have read it personally as signifying the inner treasure of musical creativity? The initial very soft questions—this is a query to the self—rise straight upward, and Beethoven repeats the answer at song’s end in quiet emphasis.

from notes by Susan Youens © 2008


Beethoven: Lieder und Gesänge
Studio Master: SIGCD139Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 5 on SIGCD139 CD2 [1'53] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD139 disc 2 track 5

Recording date
19 March 2008
Recording venue
Warehouse, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
John H West
Recording engineer
Andrew Mellor
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  1. Beethoven: Lieder und Gesänge (SIGCD139)
    Disc 2 Track 5
    Release date: October 2007
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