LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827): Irish Songs II, WoO 153, Nos. 30, 40, 41, 44, 48 and 49, 26 Welsh Songs, WoO 155, Nos. 7, 14, 19 and 20, 25 Scottish Songs, Op. 108, Nos. 4 (2 versions), 7 (2 versions), 11 and 20, Irish Songs III, WoO 154, Nos. 60 and 62, Irish Songs I, WoO 152, No. 5, 29 Songs of Various Nationality, WoO 158, No. 19.
Catalogue Number: 06V024
Description: George Thomson of Edinburgh, a notable promoter of Scottish music, encouraged settings of his nation’s folk songs. In particular, he found a rich source of arrangements in Vienna, where he commissioned first Haydn and then Beethoven to set a large sequence of poems, including those of Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott. Thomson envisaged simple works, agreeable to amateurs, but Beethoven found it impossible to compose within such limitations and his settings, which include Irish and Welsh songs, with the accompaniment of strings and piano, have proved perennially popular. Texts included. Paula Sophie Bohnet (soprano), Daniel Johannsen (tenor), Georg Klimbacher (baritone), Josef Herzer (violin), Bertin Christelbauer (cello), Bernadette Bartos (piano).