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Zwei Gesänge für eine Altstimme, Viola und Klavier, Op 91

First line:
In goldnen Abendschein getauchet
No 1: ? Mürzzuschlag, summer 1884; No 2: ? Vienna, 1863/4; published in December 1884

These two songs are, in the words of Natasha Loges, ‘the musical embodiment of the composer’s relationship to Amalie and Joseph Joachim’. Singer and violinist (as well as violist), wife and husband, they were both Catholics, and Geistliches Wiegenlied was a wedding present to the couple from the Protestant Brahms in 1863. A little later the ever-conscientious composer asked for the manuscript back so he could revise it; the couple then asked for the music to be returned to them in 1864 to perform at the baptism of their first son Johannes, named after the composer and also his godchild. The Joachim marriage produced six children, but it was a stormy one, and it is said the second of these songs (the first in the order of the set) was composed twenty years later as a means of encouraging the couple towards a reconciliation (the Joachims divorced anyway, the jealous violinist accusing his wife of adultery with, among others, her accompanist Hans Schmidt, the poet of tracks 8 to 10 on this recording).

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2020


Brahms: The Complete Songs, Vol. 10 - Sophie Rennert
Studio Master: CDJ33130Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


No 1: Gestillte Sehnsucht  In goldnen Abendschein getauchet
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Track 11 on CDJ33130 [6'57]
No 2: Geistliches Wiegenlied  Die ihr schwebet
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Track 12 on CDJ33130 [6'11]

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