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Loewe: Songs & Ballads [CD]

Florian Boesch Audio CD
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  • Composer: Carl Loewe
  • Audio CD (26 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B004S7ZYXO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,116 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dein Schwert, Wie Ist's Von Blut So Rot?
2. Der Reimer Thomas Lag Am Bach
3. Wer Reitet So Spät Durch Nacht Und Wind?
4. Herr Oluf, Op. 2, No. 2
5. Über Allen Gipfeln Ist Ruh' 'Wandrers Nachtlied', Op. 9, Book I, No. 3a
6. Der Du Von Dem Himmel Bist, 'Wandrers Nachtlied', Op. 9, Book I, No. 3b
7. Zu Speyer Im Saale, Da Hebt Sich Ein Klingen
8. Zum Sehen Geboren
9. Schäferin, Ach, Wie Haben
10. Ein Liebchen Hatt Ich, Das Auf Einem Aug'schielte
11. Es War Ein Kind, Das Wollte Nie
12. Ich Ging Im Felde
13. Nacht Ist's, Und Stürme Sausen Für Und Für
14. Meister Oluf, Der Schmied Auf Helgoland
15. Ich Trage, Wo Ich Gehe
16. Es Zogen Drei Bursche Wohl Über Den Rhein
17. Wieviel Sonnenstrahlen Fielen Goldenschwer
18. Bangt Dir Mein Lieb? Ich Bin Ja Bei Dir!
19. Mein Herz, O Schliess Dich Ein!
20. Der Wald Ist Schwarz, Die Luft Ist Klar

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Carl Loewe (1796-1869) was one of music's great mavericks. He combined a music directorship in Stettin with a successful career as a touring singer-songwriter, specialising in Gothic ballads that contained alarming insights into the extremes of the human psyche. In his day, his admirers included Goethe (who thought his setting of Erlkönig greater than Schubert's), Wagner and Prince Albert. Austrian baritone Florian Boesch is arguably his finest interpreter today, and this disc is mesmerising. An expressionistic vocal actor, Boesch has the ability to change the sound of his voice to fit the character he is portraying; when he gets to the big dialogues like Erlkönig, Edward or Herr Oluf, it's hard to believe that only one person is singing. Loewe was by no means always a doom merchant, and Boesch also takes us on journeys into comic ribaldry in Graf Eberstein and Tom der Reimer, as well as singing a number of his songs, all of them beautiful and inexplicably neglected. For Loewe, the pianist was as important as the singer, and Roger Vignoles is in his element with the high drama of it all. A benchmark recording, and essential listening. ***** --The Guardian,12/05/11

This disc will appeal to those who wish his songs were more often performed --IRR,May'11

Boesch's performance demonstrates huge imaginative variety in charecterisation(offering two different voices when neccesary,or even three in Loewe's setting of Erlkonig),and moving down convincingly to the lower register;perhaps he's really a bass-baritone. Performance ***** Recording ***** --BBC Music Magazine,July'11

As for the singing,I cannot praise it too highly.Florian Boesch has a warmly attractive baritone voice and his diction is first class,as his response to the word meanings.If you are new to Loewe's music,I do urge you to try this richly rewarding CD.You won't be disappointed. EDITORS CHOICE --Gramophone,Aug'11

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Florian Boesch, baryton - Roger Vignoles, piano

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleasing to the soul 28 May 2012
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There's such feeling in these baritone's voice it can't even be expressed with mere words.
I bought this cd the next day to having listened him live.
Vignoles sync with the singer is fantastic, so he could just as easily make a cd with the solo piano pieces and be as wonderful as this one is.
Both make impressive appearances.
I have to say this might be one of my favourite songs cds and I own a few of them (Fischer-Dieskau, Goerne, Baker, Quasthoff,...)
Six stars !!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant performance; pity about the music... 13 Mar 2014
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Boetsch is a brilliant baritone, with a full range of vocal effects at his disposal, and the sensitivity of Roger Vignoles, that master of accompanists, alongside him. So if anyone was going to make this music shine it would be him. And regarding the sining one can only give 5 stars.
But Loewe was not a composer of the first- rank; he is no Schubert, or Brahms or Wolf. And too many of these pieces are competent but not that much more. Yes, his music deserves to be recovered and appreciated; but hyped - decidedly not.
Worth listening to, but not a disc I shall in all honestly probably ever return to. Sorry if that offends Lowew-philes, but that's how it comes across to me: standard 19th repertory which hasn't really stood the test of time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Song Recital 30 Aug 2011
By bill
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I am rather ashamed to say that I am new to the work of Loewe. Now after hearing this disc I look forward to hearing more.Both pianist and singer give their all to this recital and make the 60 or so minutes on the disc fly by.
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