LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827): Secular Vocal Works - Der freie Mann, Opferlied, In allen guten Stunden, Die Stunde schlägt, Un lieto brindisi, Rasch tritt der Tod, Hochzeitslied, 25 Mehr- stimmige italienische Gesänge, Die Laute klage, In questa tomba oscura, Klage, Lied aus der Ferne, Vom Tode, An die Geliebte.
Catalogue Number: 07W028
Description: These secular vocal works, many rarely heard today, were composed for a variety of reasons. Some were written for marriages, to mark the departure of a friend or to celebrate a name day, while others allude to Masonic imagery or set the words of great literary contemporaries, such as Schiller. The larger canvas of Mehrstimmige italienische Gesänge reflects Beethoven’s studies of Italian word-setting with Antonio Salieri, revealing insights into Beethoven’s achievements during his early years in Vienna. German, Italian-English texts. Ensemble Tamanial, Vocal soloists, Diána Fuchs & Bernadette Bartos (piano), Cantus Novus Wien; Thomas Holmes.