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In questa tomba oscura, WoO133

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In questa tomba oscura, WoO133, is the result of a musical challenge issued in 1807-1808, when composers were invited to set this poem by Giuseppe Carpani (1752-1825), an Italian poet resident in Vienna. Sixty-three of them obliged, but Beethoven’s setting is the only memorable version of this poem on an antique theme: the dead lover’s reproach to the “ingrata”, the faithless woman. The dark, chromatic liquefaction of the texture in mid-song, at the plea to allow “the naked ghosts” their peace in the tomb, is extraordinary.

from notes by Susan Youens © 2008


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


Track 13 on SIGCD139 CD2 [3'13] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD139 disc 2 track 13

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 13
    Release date: October 2007
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