Gesange des Orients (Songs of the Orient)

The Europadisc Review

Gesange des Orients (Songs of the Orient)

Simon Wallfisch (baritone), Edward Rushton (piano)

£9.95

Towards the end of the 19th century, a German fascination with Oriental culture had spread to the creatively febrile atmosphere of Austria, and in particular its capital, Vienna. While the most celebrated 19th-century example was undoubtedly Goethe’s cycle of lyric poems entitled West-Eastern Divan, in turn-of-the-century Vienna it was the poet Hans Bethge’s collection of translations The Chinese Flute of 1907 that really set the ball rolling, most famously providing the texts for Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde. Other composers responded readil... read more

Towards the end of the 19th century, a German fascination with Oriental culture had spread to the creatively febrile atmosphere of Austria, and in particular its capital, Vienna. While the most celebrated 19th-century example was undoubtedly Goethe’s cycle of lyric poems entitled West-Eastern Divan,... read more

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