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Beethoven: Folksong Arrangements / Brahms Trio; Berliner Solistenchor; Members of the Radio Chorus Leipzig et al.

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Irish Songs (25) for voice & piano trio, WoO 152
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Irish Songs (20) for voice & piano trio, WoO 153
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Irish Songs (12) for voice & piano trio, WoO 154
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Welsh Songs (26) for voice(s) & piano trio WoO 155
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Scottish Songs (12) for voices & piano trio, WoO 156
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Songs (12) of Various Nationality for voice & piano trio, WoO 157
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Songs (23) of Various Nationality for voice & piano trio, WoO 158a
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Non, non, Collette n'est point trompeuse (from Le Devin du village), song for voice & piano trio, Wo
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Air Français, for voice & piano trio, Hess 168
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : British Folk Songs (7) for voice & piano trio, WoO 158b
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Songs (6) of Various Nationality for voice & piano trio, WoO 158c
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Scottish Songs (25) for voices & piano trio, Op. 108
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Although Beethoven ranks as one of the most celebrated Western classical composers of all time, some of his works remain surprisingly obscure. His folksong arrangements certainly garner less attention than his original songs, but there are nonetheless several gems among the collections. The settings are in a fascinating position of straddling two very different traditions: as folk songs, the emphasis is on the melody, as they were traditionally sung unaccompanied. Beethoven, however, transposed them into the Classical tradition, carefully rescoring them with standard Western classical harmony and thereby making them accessible to new European audiences. They were designed to be easy enough for amateurs to perform, but while they are indeed less complex than Beethoven's original songs, they are no less mundane; Beethoven's publisher George Thomson actually complained that Beethoven's bold and daring settings, with their extended introductions and at times unusual harmonies, were too difficult for his market. Beethoven's English was non-existent, and he communicated with Thomson in French. However, when setting the folk songs he was adamant that Thomson explain the meaning behind the texts, refusing to compose without understanding the context. He also referred to the folk songs as 'compositions' rather than 'settings', showing how seriously he took his task. This dedication shines through in the music: Beethoven takes inspiration from the rustic melodies and simple words to conceive works that are certainly worthy of the concert hall. The recordings here have been made over the course of several years, and feature such renowned singers as Dorothee Wohlgemuth, Antonia Bourvé, Georg Poplutz and Eberhard Büchner, accompanied by the Berliner Solistenchor, Brahms Trio and members of the Radio Chorus Leipzig, with experienced conductor Horst Neumann at the helm. Now available as a 6CD set, the Folksong Arrangements by Beethoven. Beethoven wrote these arrangements of Scottish, Irish, Welsh and various folk songs, commissioned by his publisher, as a means to earn money. However, as was often the case with him, he took the commission very serious and instead of merely adding simple accompaniments to the songs, he created little works of art, adding introductions, original harmonies and intricate accompaniments, worthy of the concert hall. One may find many a hidden treasure among these attractive, sentimental, comical or rustic songs! Performed by a variety of artists and choirs. First released on the Brilliant Classics Complete Beethoven Edition. (BC94630)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Bauer Studios Ludwigsburg, Germany (02/08/2007-02/15/2007); Bauer Studios, Ludwigsburg, Germany (02/08/2007-02/15/2007); Städtische Musikschule Ratingen, Ferdinand-Trimborn-Saa (02/08/2007-02/15/2007); Bauer Studios Ludwigsburg, Germany (02/2007); Bauer Studios, Ludwigsburg, Germany (02/2007); Städtische Musikschule Ratingen, Ferdinand-Trimborn-Saa (02/2007); Bauer Studios Ludwigsburg, Germany (02/21/2007/02/22/2007); Bauer Studios, Ludwigsburg, Germany (02/21/2007/02/22/2007); Städtische Musikschule Ratingen, Ferdinand-Trimborn-Saa (02/21/2007/02/22/2007); Bauer Studios Ludwigsburg, Germany (02/22/2007/02/23/2007); Bauer Studios, Ludwigsburg, Germany (02/22/2007/02/23/2007); Städtische Musikschule Ratingen, Ferdinand-Trimborn-Saa (02/22/2007/02/23/2007); Bauer Studios Ludwigsburg, Germany (1972); Bauer Studios, Ludwigsburg, Germany (1972); Städtische Musikschule Ratingen, Ferdinand-Trimborn-Saa (1972); Bauer Studios Ludwigsburg, Germany (1979); Bauer Studios, Ludwigsburg, Germany (1979); Städtische Musikschule Ratingen, Ferdinand-Trimborn-Saa (1979).



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Irish Songs (25) for voice & piano trio, WoO 152
  • Performers: Jens Hamann (Bass); Martin Haunhorst (Violin); Rainer Maria Klaas (Piano); Georg Poplutz (Tenor); Bernhard Schwarz (Cello); Dorothee Wohlgemuth (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Brahms Trio
  • Notes: Städtische Musikschule Ratingen, Ferdinand-Trimborn-Saal (02/21/2007/02/22/2007); Städtische Musikschule Ratingen, Ferdinand-Trimborn-Saal (1979)
  • Running Time: 50 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1813

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Irish Songs (20) for voice & piano trio, WoO 153
  • Performers: Eberhard Büchner (Tenor); Renate Kramer; Siegfried Lorenz (Baritone); Ingeborg Springer (Mezzo Soprano); Armin Ude (Tenor)
  • Ensemble: Brahms-Trio
  • Notes: Städtische Musikschule Ratingen, Ferdinand-Trimborn-Saal (02/21/2007/02/22/2007); Städtische Musikschule Ratingen, Ferdinand-Trimborn-Saal (1979)
  • Running Time: 40 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1814-1816

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Irish Songs (12) for voice & piano trio, WoO 154
  • Performers: Sachiko Kobayashi (Violin); Chihiro Saito (Cello); Barbara Schedel; Daniel Schreiber (Tenor); Michael Wagner (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Radio Chorus Leipzig
  • Running Time: 37 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1816

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Welsh Songs (26) for voice(s) & piano trio WoO 155
  • Performers: Manfred Bittner (Bass Baritone); Cornelius Boensch (Cello); Antonia Bourve; Michael Clark (Piano); David Hamilton (Tenor); Haakon Schaub; Rebekka Stöhr; Zsuzsa Zsizsmann (Violin)
  • Notes: Bauer Studios Ludwigsburg, Germany (02/08/2007-02/15/2007)
  • Running Time: 68 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1817

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Scottish Songs (12) for voices & piano trio, WoO 156
  • Performers: Manfred Bittner (Bass Baritone); Cornelius Boensch (Cello); Antonia Bourve; Michael Clark (Piano); David Hamilton (Tenor); Haakon Schaub; Rebekka Stöhr; Zsuzsa Zsizsmann (Violin)
  • Notes: Bauer Studios Ludwigsburg, Germany (02/08/2007-02/15/2007)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1821

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Songs (12) of Various Nationality for voice & piano trio, WoO 157
  • Performers: Manfred Bittner (Bass Baritone); Cornelius Boensch (Cello); Antonia Bourve; Michael Clark (Piano); David Hamilton (Tenor); Haakon Schaub; Rebekka Stöhr; Zsuzsa Zsizsmann (Violin)
  • Notes: Bauer Studios Ludwigsburg, Germany (02/08/2007-02/15/2007)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Songs (23) of Various Nationality for voice & piano trio, WoO 158a
  • Performers: Eva Ander (Piano); Eberhard Büchner (Tenor); Joachim Bischoff (Cello); Renate Kramer; Günther Leib (Baritone); Kurt Mahn (Oboe); Werner Pauli (Guitar); Ingeborg Springer (Mezzo Soprano); Reinhard Ulbricht (Violin)
  • Conductor: Horst Neumann
  • Notes: Städtische Musikschule Ratingen, Ferdinand-Trimborn-Saal (02/22/2007/02/23/2007); Städtische Musikschule Ratingen, Ferdinand-Trimborn-Saal (1972)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Non, non, Collette n'est point trompeuse (from Le Devin du village), song for voice & piano trio, Wo
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1817

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Air Français, for voice & piano trio, Hess 168
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1817

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : British Folk Songs (7) for voice & piano trio, WoO 158b
  • Performers: Jens Hamann (Bass); Martin Haunhorst (Violin); Rainer Maria Klaas (Piano); Georg Poplutz (Tenor); Bernhard Schwarz (Cello); Dorothee Wohlgemuth (Soprano)
  • Notes: Städtische Musikschule Ratingen, Ferdinand-Trimborn-Saal (02/22/2007/02/23/2007)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1817

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Songs (6) of Various Nationality for voice & piano trio, WoO 158c
  • Performers: Jens Hamann (Bass); Martin Haunhorst (Violin); Rainer Maria Klaas (Piano); Georg Poplutz (Tenor); Bernhard Schwarz (Cello); Dorothee Wohlgemuth (Soprano)
  • Notes: Städtische Musikschule Ratingen, Ferdinand-Trimborn-Saal (02/22/2007/02/23/2007)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Scottish Songs (25) for voices & piano trio, Op. 108
  • Performers: Eva Ander (Piano); Eberhard Büchner (Tenor); Joachim Bischoff (Cello); Renate Kramer; Günther Leib (Baritone); Kurt Mahn (Oboe); Werner Pauli (Guitar); Ingeborg Springer (Mezzo Soprano); Reinhard Ulbricht (Violin)
  • Conductor: Horst Neumann
  • Notes: Composition written: 1809.
  • Running Time: 46 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1809