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Beethoven, Ludwig van - Folk Song Arrangements - Neumann, Horst


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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 Beethovens original songs, they are no less mundane; Beethovens publisher George Thomson actually complained that Beethovens bold and daring settings, with their extended introductions and at times unusual harmonies, were too difficult for his market. Beethovens English was nonexistent, 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.
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Artikelnummer 94925
Streckkod 5028421949253
Utgivningsdatum 2015-02-25
Kategori Folksång
Skivbolag Brilliant Classics
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 6
Utövare
Artister Various Artists
Dirigenter Neumann, Horst
Kompositörer Beethoven, Ludwig van
Disk: 1
1 Folksong Settings
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