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Beethoven: An die ferne Geliebte; Haydn: Songs; Mozart: Masonic Cantata K.619 / Mark Padmore, tenor; Kristian Bezuidenhout, piano

Album Summary

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Original Canzonettas Book 2, H 26a
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Spirit's Song, H 26a no 41
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Antwort auf die Frage eines Mädchens (known as "Vergiss mein nicht"), song for voice & piano, H. 26a
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Das Veilchen, K 476
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Abendempfindung, K 523
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die ihr des unermesslichen Weltalls Schöpfer ehrt, cantata for voice & piano, K. 619
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Maigesang, song for voice & piano, Op. 52/4
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sechs Gesänge mit Begleitung des Pianoforte, Op. 75
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Es war einmal ein König, song for voice, men's choir & piano, Op. 75/3
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Adelaide, song Op. 46
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Selbstgespräch ("Ich, der mit flatterndem Sinn"), song for voice & piano, WoO 114
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Resignation ("Lisch aus, mein Licht"), song for voice & piano, WoO 149
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : An die Hoffnung, Op. 94
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Abendlied unterm gestirnten Himmel, WoO 150
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Notes & Reviews:

Following up on their acclaimed recording of Schumann's Dichterliebe and Liederkreis, tenor Mark Padmore and fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout join forces once again for a varied and appealing lieder recital of songs by Beethoven, Haydn, and Mozart. Works featured here include Beethoven's An die ferne Geliebte, Mozart's Masonic Cantata and selections from Haydn's English Songs.

The Telegraph, 5th April 2015
Highly refined recital by the ever-sensitive Mark Padmore in what appears to be a richly rewarding dialogue with the South African forte pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout: the tenor's sweet, heady and youthful lucidity of tone is beautifully complemented by the percussive resonance of the accompaniment. One senses two true musicians in deep harmony with each other.

Financial Times, April 2015
In his Haydn and Mozart songs Padmore sings with an extra delicacy ... His Beethoven is stronger and more forthright, culminating in a heartfelt performance of the cycle An die ferne Geliebte. Bezuidenhout draws the maximum colour and contrast out of his fortepiano throughout.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2015
Mark Padmore combines an acute intelligence with an unvarnished directness in all he sings. In symbiotic partnership with fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout, Padmore 'lives' all of these songs, noticing everything, exaggerating nothing ... Padmore is an eager and touching storyteller ... In An Die Ferne Geliebte Padmore and Bezuidenhout catch naturally, unfussily, the oscillations between stillness and excited anticipation, dream and desire. This is a true dialogue between voice and keyboard, as it should be.

The Observer, 3rd May 2015
From urgent declamation to whispered despair, Padmore expresses all with directness, clarity and tonal variety. Bezuidenhout is an equal partner: engaged, lively, with a wonderful brio which never overwhelms the singer.

MusicWeb International, 17th July 2015
Bezuidenhout's fortepiano sounds for all the world like a harp at the very opening of the Abendlied that ends the disc. Its beautiful, serenade-like quality makes it a great choice for a final track. Padmore finds his groove here, too, transcendent and thoughtful for the opening verses but then rising to a peak of triumph for the "transfigured countenance" of the song's second half.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Menuhin Hall, Stoke d'Abernon, Cobham, Surrey, UK (05/2014).



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Works Details

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Original Canzonettas Book 2, H 26a
  • Performers: Kristian Bezuidenhout (Fortepiano); Mark Padmore
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1795

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Spirit's Song, H 26a no 41
  • Performers: Kristian Bezuidenhout (Fortepiano); Mark Padmore
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: ?1795

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Antwort auf die Frage eines Mädchens (known as "Vergiss mein nicht"), song for voice & piano, H. 26a
  • Performers: Kristian Bezuidenhout (Fortepiano); Mark Padmore
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 06/1803

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Das Veilchen, K 476
  • Performers: Kristian Bezuidenhout (Fortepiano); Mark Padmore
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1785

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Abendempfindung, K 523
  • Performers: Kristian Bezuidenhout (Fortepiano); Mark Padmore
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1787

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die ihr des unermesslichen Weltalls Schöpfer ehrt, cantata for voice & piano, K. 619
  • Performers: Kristian Bezuidenhout (Fortepiano); Mark Padmore
  • Running Time: 6 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1791

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Maigesang, song for voice & piano, Op. 52/4
  • Performers: Kristian Bezuidenhout (Fortepiano); Mark Padmore
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1796

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sechs Gesänge mit Begleitung des Pianoforte, Op. 75
  • Performers: Kristian Bezuidenhout (Fortepiano); Mark Padmore
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1809

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Es war einmal ein König, song for voice, men's choir & piano, Op. 75/3
  • Performers: Kristian Bezuidenhout (Fortepiano); Mark Padmore
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1809

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Adelaide, song Op. 46
  • Performers: Kristian Bezuidenhout (Fortepiano); Mark Padmore
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1794-1795

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Selbstgespräch ("Ich, der mit flatterndem Sinn"), song for voice & piano, WoO 114
  • Performers: Kristian Bezuidenhout (Fortepiano); Mark Padmore
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1792

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Resignation ("Lisch aus, mein Licht"), song for voice & piano, WoO 149
  • Performers: Kristian Bezuidenhout (Fortepiano); Mark Padmore
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1817

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : An die Hoffnung, Op. 94
  • Performers: Kristian Bezuidenhout (Fortepiano); Mark Padmore
  • Running Time: 5 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1815

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98
  • Performers: Kristian Bezuidenhout (Fortepiano); Mark Padmore
  • Running Time: 13 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1816

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Abendlied unterm gestirnten Himmel, WoO 150
  • Performers: Kristian Bezuidenhout (Fortepiano); Mark Padmore
  • Notes: Composition written: 1820.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1820