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Loewe: Ballades [Enhanced, Original recording remastered]

Thomas Quasthoff Audio CD
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“Quasthoff’s performances are vividly imagined and splendidly sung . . . As ever, he savours the sound and sense of the words, characterising each role with relish.”
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  • Audio CD (7 Feb 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B004HF0PG8
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 384,193 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Odins Meeresritt op.118 - Meister Oluf, der Schmied auf HelgolandThomas Quasthoff /Norman Shetler 3:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Edward op.1 Nr.1 - Dein Schwert, wie ist's von Blut so rotThomas Quasthoff /Norman Shetler 4:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Herr Oluf op.2 Nr.2 - Herr Oluf reitet spät und weitThomas Quasthoff /Norman Shetler 5:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Tom der Reimer op.135 - "Der Reimer Thomas lag am Bach" (Altschottische Ballade)Thomas Quasthoff /Norman Shetler 6:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Der Nöck op.129 Nr.2 - Es tönt des Nöcken HarfenschallThomas Quasthoff /Norman Shetler 7:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Erlkönig op.1 Nr.3 - Wer reitet so spät durch Nacht und WindThomas Quasthoff /Norman Shetler 3:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Heinrich der Vogler op.56 Nr.1 - Herr Heinrich sitzt am VogelherdThomas Quasthoff /Norman Shetler 2:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Archibald Douglas op.128 - Ich hab es getragen sieben JahrThomas Quasthoff /Norman Shetler12:04Album Only
Listen  9. Prinz Eugen op.92 - Zelte, Posten, WerdaruferThomas Quasthoff /Norman Shetler 2:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Die Uhr op.123 Nr.3 - Ich trage, wo ich gehe, stets eine Uhr bei mirThomas Quasthoff /Norman Shetler 4:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Elvershöh op.118 Nr.2 - Ich legte mein Haupt auf ElvershöhThomas Quasthoff /Norman Shetler 4:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Harald op.45 Nr.1 - Vor seinem Heergefolge ritt der kühne Held HaraldThomas Quasthoff /Norman Shetler 5:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Graf Eberstein op.9 Heft VI Nr.5 - Zu Speier im Saale, da hebt sich ein KlingenThomas Quasthoff /Norman Shetler 2:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Die wandelnde Glocke op.20 Nr.3 - Es war ein Kind, das wollte nie zur Kirche sich bequemenThomas Quasthoff /Norman Shetler 1:36£0.99  Buy MP3 

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5.0 out of 5 stars German ballads 7 Oct 2012
Format:Audio CD
Carl Loewe is not terribly well known to British audiences and yet his songs and ballads are a staple part of the German song repertoire and have been recorded with distinction by the likes of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Kurt Moll, Gerald Finley and, here, by the recently retired German bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff.

A contemporary of Schubert, Loewe is known almost exclusively for his strophic ballads, he rarely touches the greatness of, say, Schubert, but his songs are unfailingly melodic, gripping and, with his capacity for vivid expression and Romantic grotesquery, a gift for a singer with exceptional dramatic and interpretive gifts.

Such a performer was Thomas Quasthoff, who not only had a beautifully produced nut-brown bass-baritone voice, but commanded astonishing histrionic and communicative gifts; all the more remarkable when you consider that his appearances on the operatic stage were rare indeed. He invests even the most ordinary songs with such keen intelligence and dramatic insight and impetus that all of the tracks here come across as winners. I fear that I am being more than a little unfair to Loewe; there are some very good songs here and I am particularly fond of "Herr Olaf", "Tom der Reimer" (a version of which I recall being sung by Steeleye Span!) and "Die wandelnde Glocke", which is absolutely charming. Loewe's version of Goethe's "Erlkönig", needless to say, doesn't quite pass muster when compared to Schubert's masterpiece, but it is very entertaining in its own right.

The excellent recording was made in 1989 and the resourceful accompanist, who has some especially rewarding piano music to play, is Norman Shettler. A further reason to buy this disc is that it is now available at a bargain price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loewe's folksy ballads may not travel well, but Quasthoff does them proud 30 Aug 2011
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This 1990 CD was Thomas Quasthoff's debut on records, according to the original Gramophone review - even though he is now world famous, no reviews seem to have appeared at Amazon in twenty years (!) - and for whatever reason EMI parted ways with him. No matter, this is a perfect example of Quasthoff's acclaimed artistry. The ballads of Car Loewe are far more popular in Germany abroad, even though the composer sought texts from English poetry at times. a ballad is essentially a song that tells a story in equal stanzas, which imposes a limitation when the program is full of nothing but. One longs for a song that builds form beginning to end.

Yet Loewe could hardly be improved upon in this genre. General listeners are likely only to know his expert setting of Erlkongy and the rollicking Herr Olaf. It hardly seems to matter if Quasthoff is singing a ballad from Op. 1 or Op. 118, because Loewe uses the same straightforward harmonies, quite often the same fast pacing, and conventional musical ideas. What saves these ballads is often the story as well as the composer's gift for filk-inspired melodies. We are invited to sit by the fire on a winter night in Heidelberg or some other medieval city, around the time of Queen Victoria, to indulge in a sentimental mood. It's a pleasant experience, and Quasthoff's artistry makes the most of it. His accompanist, Norman Shetler, is only medium good, however. Texts are all-important with ballads; to get them, you'll have to print out a PDF file included on the CD.

I wouldn't place this album high on any list of important German songs, but its delights are unquestionable.
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