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

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  1. Beethoven — 25 Irish Songs, WoO 152: I. The Return to Ulster $0.69 on iTunes
  2. Beethoven — 25 Irish Songs, WoO 152: II. Sweet Power of Song $0.69 on iTunes
  3. Beethoven — 25 Irish Songs, WoO 152: III. Once More I Hail Thee $0.69 on iTunes
  4. Beethoven — 25 Irish Songs, WoO 152: IV. The Morning Air Plays on My Face $0.69 on iTunes
  5. Beethoven — 25 Irish Songs, WoO 152: V. The Massacre of Glenco $0.69 on iTunes
  6. Beethoven — 25 Irish Songs, WoO 152: VI. What Shall I Do to Shew How Much I Love Her? $0.69 on iTunes
  7. Beethoven — 25 Irish Songs, WoO 152: VII. His Boat Comes on the Sunny Tide $0.69 on iTunes
  8. Beethoven — 25 Irish Songs, WoO 152: VIII. Come Draw We Round a Cheerful Ring $0.69 on iTunes
  9. Beethoven — 25 Irish Songs, WoO 152: X. The Deserter $0.69 on iTunes
  10. Beethoven — 25 Irish Songs, WoO 152: XI. Thou Emblem of Faith $0.69 on iTunes
  11. Beethoven — 25 Irish Songs, WoO 152: XII. English Bulls $0.69 on iTunes
  12. Beethoven — 25 Irish Songs, WoO 152: XIII. Musing on the Roaring Ocean $0.69 on iTunes
  13. Beethoven — 25 Irish Songs, WoO 152: XIV. Dermot and Shelah $0.69 on iTunes
  14. Beethoven — 25 Irish Songs, WoO 152: XV. Let Brainspinning Swains $0.69 on iTunes
  15. Beethoven — 25 Irish Songs, WoO 152: XVI. Hide Not Thy Anguish $0.69 on iTunes
  16. Beethoven — 25 Irish Songs, WoO 152: XVII. In Vain to This Desert, Due $0.69 on iTunes
  17. Beethoven — 25 Irish Songs, WoO 152: XVIII. They Bid Me Slight My Dermot Dear $0.69 on iTunes
  18. Beethoven — 25 Irish Songs, WoO 152: XIX. Wife, Children and Friends $0.69 on iTunes
  19. Beethoven — 25 Irish Songs, WoO 152: XX. Farewell Bliss and Farewell Nancy $0.69 on iTunes
  20. Beethoven — 25 Irish Songs, WoO 152: XXI. Morning a Cruel Turmoiler Is $0.69 on iTunes
  21. Beethoven — 25 Irish Songs, WoO 152: XXII. From Garyone, My Happy Home $0.69 on iTunes
  22. Beethoven — 25 Irish Songs, WoO 152: XXIV. The Traugh Welcome $0.69 on iTunes
  23. Beethoven — 25 Irish Songs, WoO 152: XXV. Oh Harp of Erin $0.69 on iTunes
  24. Beethoven — 20 Irish Songs, WoO 153: II. No Riches from His Scanty Store $0.69 on iTunes
  25. Beethoven — 20 Irish Songs, WoO 153: III. The British Light Dragoons $0.69 on iTunes
  26. Beethoven — 20 Irish Songs, WoO 153: IV. Since Greybeards Inform Us $0.69 on iTunes
  27. Beethoven — 20 Irish Songs, WoO 153: VI. Sad and Luckless Was the Season $0.69 on iTunes
  28. Beethoven — 20 Irish Songs, WoO 153: VII. O Soothe Me, My Lyre $0.69 on iTunes
  29. Beethoven — 20 Irish Songs, WoO 153: VIII. Norah of Balamagairy $0.69 on iTunes
  30. Beethoven — 20 Irish Songs, WoO 153: IX. The Kiss, Dear Maid, Thy Lip Has Left $0.69 on iTunes
  31. Beethoven — 20 Irish Songs, WoO 153: X. Oh! Thou Hapless Soldier $0.69 on iTunes
  32. Beethoven — 20 Irish Songs, WoO 153: XI. When Far from the Home $0.69 on iTunes
  33. Beethoven — 20 Irish Songs, WoO 153: XVI. O Might I but My Patrick Love $0.69 on iTunes
  34. Beethoven — 20 Irish Songs, WoO 153: XVII. Come, Darby Dear $0.69 on iTunes
  35. Beethoven — 20 Irish Songs, WoO 153: XVIII. No More, My Mary $0.69 on iTunes
  36. Beethoven — 20 Irish Songs, WoO 153: XIX. Judy, Lovely, Matchless Creature $0.69 on iTunes
  37. Beethoven — 20 Irish Songs, WoO 153: XX. Thy Ship Must Sail $0.69 on iTunes
  38. Beethoven — 12 Irish Songs, WoO 154: I. The Elfin Fairies $0.69 on iTunes
  39. Beethoven — 12 Irish Songs, WoO 154: II. O Harp of Erin $0.69 on iTunes
  40. Beethoven — 12 Irish Songs, WoO 154: III. The Farewell Song $0.69 on iTunes
  41. Beethoven — 12 Irish Songs, WoO 154: IV. The Pulse of an Irishman $0.69 on iTunes
  42. Beethoven — 12 Irish Songs, WoO 154: V. Oh! Who, My Dear Dermot $0.69 on iTunes

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