The Divine Muse: Haydn, Schubert, Wolf | Signum SIGCD606

The Divine Muse: Haydn, Schubert, Wolf

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Label: Signum

Cat No: SIGCD606

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 24th January 2020

Contents

Works

Haydn, Franz Joseph

Arianna a Naxos, cantata, Hob.XXVIb:2
Geistliches Lied, Hob.XXVIa:17

Schubert, Franz

Die Gotter Griechenlands, D677
Ganymed, D544 op.19 no.3
Gott im Fruhlinge, D448
Marie, D658
Son fra l'onde, D78
Vedi quanto adoro ancora ingrato!, D510

Wolf, Hugo

Alte Weisen, Sechs Gedichte von Gottfried Keller
» Wie glanzt der helle Mond
Goethe-Lieder
» no.50 Ganymed 'Wie im Morgenglanze'
Morike-Lieder
» no.22 Seufzer
» no.23 Auf ein altes Bild
» no.25 Schlafendes Jesuskind
» no.27 Zum neuen Jahr
» no.28 Gebet
» no.46 Gesang Weylas
Spanisches Liederbuch
» Geistliche Lieder: no.4 Die ihr schwebet

Artists

Mary Bevan (soprano)
Joseph Middleton (piano)

Works

Haydn, Franz Joseph

Arianna a Naxos, cantata, Hob.XXVIb:2
Geistliches Lied, Hob.XXVIa:17

Schubert, Franz

Die Gotter Griechenlands, D677
Ganymed, D544 op.19 no.3
Gott im Fruhlinge, D448
Marie, D658
Son fra l'onde, D78
Vedi quanto adoro ancora ingrato!, D510

Wolf, Hugo

Alte Weisen, Sechs Gedichte von Gottfried Keller
» Wie glanzt der helle Mond
Goethe-Lieder
» no.50 Ganymed 'Wie im Morgenglanze'
Morike-Lieder
» no.22 Seufzer
» no.23 Auf ein altes Bild
» no.25 Schlafendes Jesuskind
» no.27 Zum neuen Jahr
» no.28 Gebet
» no.46 Gesang Weylas
Spanisches Liederbuch
» Geistliche Lieder: no.4 Die ihr schwebet

Artists

Mary Bevan (soprano)
Joseph Middleton (piano)

About

After the success of their debut disc, ‘Voyages’, Mary Bevan and Joseph Middleton present their second recital disc exploring Lieder in German and Italian by Schubert, Haydn and Wolf. The programme is woven around songs inspired by the ‘muses’ of the day, both mythological and divine.

It begins with Schubert’s dramatic and reverential settings of sacred German poetry, set alongside his lush emotional portrayals of female characters in the Italian settings.

The central section of the disc is devoted to Haydn’s epic ‘scena’ depicting the famously cruel abandonment of Arianna by her lover Teseo, Arianna a Naxos. Haydn’s beautiful prayer Geistliches Lied takes us back into the world of German poetry and the religious fervour that arose from the collective belief in Christianity which pervaded most art forms of the age.

The disc then moves into works by Hugo Wolf, whose stunning settings of devotional texts take the listener right to the heart of the characters; a few of these songs were in fact inspired by paintings. The early moments of Jesus Christ’s life are vividly portrayed here, particularly in songs such as Die ihr Schwebet, Auf ein Altes Bild and Schlafendes Jesuskind, while the haunting Gesang Weylas invites the listener into the world of the mysterious goddes Weyla who wistfully dreams of the shores of her distant homeland.

From Ganymed to Christ, Dido to the Virgin Mary, Arianna to St Peter, this recital disc richly illustrates the lives and events surrounding the ‘divine muses’ who inspired these composers.

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