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Loewe: Songs & Ballads / Florian Boesh, Roger Vignoles, piano

Album Summary

>Loewe, Carl : Edward, ballad for voice & piano, Op. 1/1
>Loewe, Carl : Tom der Reimer, Op. 135a
>Loewe, Carl : Erlkonig, for voice & piano, Op. 1/3
>Loewe, Carl : Herr Oluf (Lord Oluf), for voice & piano, Op. 2/2
>Loewe, Carl : Wandrers Nachtlied I, for voice & piano (no 3a from Gesammelte Lieder, Vol. 1)
>Loewe, Carl : Wandrers Nachtlied II, for voice & piano (no 3b from Gesammelte Lieder, Vol. 1)
>Loewe, Carl : Graf Eberstein ("Zu Speier im Saale"), for voice & piano (from Gesammelte Lieder, Vol. 6)
>Loewe, Carl : Lynceus, der Turmer, auf Faust's Sternwarte singend, song for voice & piano (from Gesammelte Lieder,
>Loewe, Carl : Gedichte (12), Op. 62
>Loewe, Carl : Hinkende Jamben, for voice & piano, Op. 62/5
>Loewe, Carl : Die wandelnde Glocke, for voice & piano, Op. 20/3
>Loewe, Carl : Im Vorubergehen, song for 4 voices & piano, Op. 81/1
>Loewe, Carl : Der Pilgrim vor St. Just, Op. 99/3
>Loewe, Carl : Odins Meeresritt, Op. 118
>Loewe, Carl : Die Uhr, for voice & piano, Op. 123/3
>Loewe, Carl : Ballads (3), Op. 1
>Loewe, Carl : Meeresleuchten, for voice & piano, Op. 145/1
>Loewe, Carl : Im Sturme, for voice & piano, Op. 145/3
>Loewe, Carl : Heimlichkeit, for voice & piano, Op. 145/4
>Loewe, Carl : Reiterlied, for voice & piano, Op. 145/5
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In his lifetime, the German composer Carl Loewe was often referred to as the 'Schubert of North Germany.' He is frequently credited with developing the romantic ballad into a powerful art form and his prolific output of ballads and songs amounts to some four hundred works. Loewe's treatment of long narrative poems in a clever and powerful mixture of dramatic and lyrical styles has been a template for many subsequent composers and many of the ballads on this disc are masterpieces of their genre. Performed here by Austrian baritone Florian Boesch in his Hyperion debut, these refined performances make it clear why Boesch has been labeled as 'one of the finest interpreters of Lieder of his generation.' Loewe's daring and imaginative accompaniments are played here by the incomparable Roger Vignoles.

The Guardian
Boesch is arguably [Loewe's] 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...A benchmark recording, and essential listening.

International Record Review
Loewe is at his best when the drama of a ballad unfolds through the characters' words, and his 'Erlkönig', though less terrifying than Schubert's, is more chilling: the child's death is a greater musical shock....Boesch sings these ballads with strong dramatic sympathy...Vignoles's accompaniment is always confident, very musical and perceptive.

BBC Music Magazine
Boesch's performance...demonstrates huge imaginative variety in characterisation (offering two different voices when necessary, or even three in Loewe's setting of Erlkonig), and moving convincingly to the lower register...Vignoles matches him in playing of perception in what is pretty well an ideal introduction to a fascinating figure.

Gramophone Magazine
Loewe's writing is perhaps less sophisticated than Schubert's but, like him, he had a supremely appealing melodic gift...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 is his response to the word meanings. Roger Vignoles's accompaniments, too, give great pleasure in themselves, especially in the pictorial devices which Loewe so relishes.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (05/23/2010-05/25/2010).



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>Loewe, Carl : Edward, ballad for voice & piano, Op. 1/1
  • Performers: Florian Boesch (Baritone); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (05/23/2010-05/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Loewe, Carl : Tom der Reimer, Op. 135a
  • Performers: Florian Boesch (Baritone); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (05/23/2010-05/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1860

>Loewe, Carl : Erlkönig, for voice & piano, Op. 1/3
  • Performers: Florian Boesch (Baritone); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (05/23/2010-05/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Loewe, Carl : Herr Oluf (Lord Oluf), for voice & piano, Op. 2/2
  • Performers: Florian Boesch (Baritone); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (05/23/2010-05/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Loewe, Carl : Wandrers Nachtlied I, for voice & piano (no 3a from Gesammelte Lieder, Vol. 1)
  • Performers: Florian Boesch (Baritone); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (05/23/2010-05/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Loewe, Carl : Wandrers Nachtlied II, for voice & piano (no 3b from Gesammelte Lieder, Vol. 1)
  • Performers: Florian Boesch (Baritone); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (05/23/2010-05/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Loewe, Carl : Graf Eberstein ("Zu Speier im Saale"), for voice & piano (from Gesammelte Lieder, Vol. 6)
  • Performers: Florian Boesch (Baritone); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (05/23/2010-05/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Loewe, Carl : Lynceus, der Türmer, auf Faust's Sternwarte singend, song for voice & piano (from Gesammelte Lieder,
  • Performers: Florian Boesch (Baritone); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (05/23/2010-05/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Loewe, Carl : Gedichte (12), Op. 62
  • Performers: Florian Boesch (Baritone); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (05/23/2010-05/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837

>Loewe, Carl : Hinkende Jamben, for voice & piano, Op. 62/5
  • Performers: Florian Boesch (Baritone); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (05/23/2010-05/25/2010)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837

>Loewe, Carl : Die wandelnde Glocke, for voice & piano, Op. 20/3
  • Performers: Florian Boesch (Baritone); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (05/23/2010-05/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Loewe, Carl : Im Vorübergehen, song for 4 voices & piano, Op. 81/1
  • Performers: Florian Boesch (Baritone); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (05/23/2010-05/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Loewe, Carl : Der Pilgrim vor St. Just, Op. 99/3
  • Performers: Florian Boesch (Baritone); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (05/23/2010-05/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Loewe, Carl : Odins Meeresritt, Op. 118
  • Performers: Florian Boesch (Baritone); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (05/23/2010-05/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851

>Loewe, Carl : Die Uhr, for voice & piano, Op. 123/3
  • Performers: Florian Boesch (Baritone); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (05/23/2010-05/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1852

>Loewe, Carl : Ballads (3), Op. 1
  • Performers: Florian Boesch (Baritone); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (05/23/2010-05/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1823

>Loewe, Carl : Meeresleuchten, for voice & piano, Op. 145/1
  • Performers: Florian Boesch (Baritone); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (05/23/2010-05/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Loewe, Carl : Im Sturme, for voice & piano, Op. 145/3
  • Performers: Florian Boesch (Baritone); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (05/23/2010-05/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Loewe, Carl : Heimlichkeit, for voice & piano, Op. 145/4
  • Performers: Florian Boesch (Baritone); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (05/23/2010-05/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Loewe, Carl : Reiterlied, for voice & piano, Op. 145/5
  • Performers: Florian Boesch (Baritone); Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley, London, England (05/23/2010-05/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1859