An die Geliebte

Julian Prégardien

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In the Romantic era, thousands of songs and poems emerged from the wellspring of unre- quited love. At first glance, the tracklist on this album might seem like a simple collection of my favourite songs on that subject. Actually I’ve been fine-honing this compilation for quite some time, and so intensely that now I almost feel as if the result was something I composed myself. In planning my first solo lied album, I found this extremely important. I wanted to ex- press so much more than the narrow confines of a great Romantic cycle such as Die schöne Mül- lerin or Dichterliebe could have permitted.

While studying in Freiburg, one day I came across a miniature score of Beethoven’s “Dis- tant Beloved”. I immediately went out and also bought his “Letters to the Immortal Beloved”, where the Titan opens up his very soul. In my opinion, those letters are probably the key el- ement in helping us grasp what the “Distant Beloved” song cycle is about. Until then I had imagined Beethoven as a harsh, bitter man. Now, in his letters, I was flabbergasted to find him expressing himself in such impatient, en- thusiastic, love-besotted terms. The “Distant Beloved” cycle was published in early 1816. It is special for two reasons: it is the only song cycle Beethoven ever wrote, and it represents the first through-composed song cycle in music history. With this in mind, it almost made me nervous to discover a series of songs by Weber that hardly anyone knew, written practically in parallel with Beethoven’s song cycle. I thought it would be fascinating to place the two works side by side. Weber’s tongue-in-cheek title The Four Tempera- ments On the Loss of the Beloved is not the only element suggesting that the cycle should be included in a programme such as this one; I also find it great fun to slip again and again into the different roles these songs contain.
 
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Tracklist

1.
An die ferne Geliebte
13:31
2.
Die vier Temperamente beim Verluste der Geliebten - I. Der Leichtmütige
03:28
3.
Die vier Temperamente beim Verluste der Geliebten - II. Der Schwermütige
04:38
4.
Die vier Temperamente beim Verluste der Geliebten - III. Der Liebewütige
02:57
5.
Die vier Temperamente beim Verluste der Geliebten - IV. Der Gleichmütige
03:12
6.
Mädchenblumen - I. Kornblumen
02:30
7.
Mädchenblumen - II. Mohnblumen
01:27
8.
Mädchenblumen - III. Epheu
03:45
9.
Mädchenblumen - IV. Wasserrose
03:52
10.
Moorike-Lieder - I. Lied eines Verliebten
01:40
11.
Moorike-Lieder - II. Der Tambour
02:58
12.
Moorike-Lieder - III. Jägerlied
01:05
13.
Moorike-Lieder - IV. Lied vom Winde
03:12
14.
Moorike-Lieder - V. Heimweh
03:55
15.
Moorike-Lieder - VI. An die Geliebte
04:12
16.
Resignation
03:14

Total time: 00:59:36

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Label

SKU

MYR012

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Cables

van den Hul

Digital Converters

Digital Audio Denmark AX24

Mastering Equipment

B&W Nautilus Loudspeakers

Microphones

Sennheiser MKH800, DPA4006, 4007, Schoeps CMC6 MK21, MK2s

Original Recording Format

Producer

Stephan Cahen

Recording Engineer

Stephan Cahen

Recording location

Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal Cologne,

Recording Software

Merging

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Release Date November 27, 2015

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