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Beethoven, Haydn, Weber: Folk Song Arrangements / Fischer-Dieskau, Hamari, Mathis

Beethoven: Fischer-dieskau,Dieter
Release Date: 05/26/2009 
Label:  Eloquence   Catalog #: 4800385   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenFranz Joseph HaydnCarl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-DieskauAlexander YoungEdith MathisAndreas Röhn,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Peformances like these are well worth hearing and bring hours of pleasure.

  A fascination with all things Scottish dates from before Sir Walter Scott’s wholesale invention of much of the genre. Purcell’s Theatre Music includes several examples of imitation Scottish Tunes and Songs and in the second half of the eighteenth century composers of all nationalities turned out songs and instrumental pieces in large numbers in a similar vein. The pieces on these discs are however not newly invented tunes in the Scottish style but genuine Scottish and other folk tunes arranged by three great masters, none of whom, as far as I am aware, ever visited Scotland. The figure behind this was George Thomson (or Thompson according
Read more to the booklet with these discs), an Edinburgh civil servant and publisher, who commissioned them along with new words by such poets as Robert Burns, James Hogg and (of course) Walter Scott. Curiously he never brought the words and music together before publication, so that as far as I am aware Beethoven and the others arranged the music without knowing what the words were about - although given the dialect often adopted they might have had difficulties even if they had been supplied. Not surprisingly this does lead to some odd mixtures which can cause difficulties for singers who must decide whether to follow the words or the music where the two diverge in character. Eloquence make this less obvious here by omitting not only the texts but any clue as to what the words are about, leaving the listener in the same position as the composers were in. It is possible to catch some of the words, but dialect poems in what is not the first language of most of the singers involved here do mean that the listener frequently is able to grasp little more than the gist of the text.
 
The result however is still well worth hearing. Given the talents involved it would be surprising if it was otherwise, although critics used regularly to refer to these songs in very dismissive terms. Admittedly not all of Beethoven’s lesser works are masterpieces, and some are best left in relative obscurity, but surely many of these arrangements are amongst the most imaginative responses to folk music before Bartók or Britten. They are not idiomatic in their use of the tunes but they do show the way in which Beethoven was able to react to what must have seemed to him exotic turns of phrase and unlikely rhythms. Bearing in mind that they date from the composer’s maturity the sheer range and imagination which he shows in this task are unsurprising.
 
Fortunately in recent years they have at last been given the recognition they deserve, and several complete recordings of the whole series – nearly 180 songs – have been made. Most of the recordings on these discs date from 1970, the three hundredth anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, at which time few had been recorded. DGG employed a starry set of singers - Edith Mathis, Julia Hamari, Alexander Young and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau – and offered the kind of presentation necessary for such material. The present reissue lacks that presentation but does add earlier recordings by Fischer-Dieskau of songs arranged by Haydn and Weber as well as Beethoven. Although some of the latter duplicate those chosen in 1970 the earlier versions are sung in German. The differences in performance and in the versions of the works themselves are minor.
 
I am sure that none of these composers would have expected anyone to listen to more than a few of these songs at a time. It is indeed inadvisable to do so as certain mannerisms and tricks in the arrangements and the performances become very noticeable. Better to savour half a dozen and stop, wanting more, as you will given performances which combine exuberance, elegance and beauty of tone as required. Maybe at times Fischer-Dieskau does work rather too hard for this listener’s comfort so that you might even describe it as hectoring, but I am more than willing to ignore this given his wonderful ability to characterize each song individually. The contributions of the other soloists and choir are no less admirable, and the variety of voices in itself adds much to the listener’s pleasure.
 
The German versions of the Beethoven arrangements and the arrangements by Haydn and Weber are all sung just by Fischer-Dieskau although Karl Engel continues valiantly and imaginatively with the frequently busy piano parts. His ability to point Beethoven’s varied rhythms and phrasing gives immense pleasure. The other instrumentalists also contribute with great panache and, where required, beauty of tone. I have to admit to finding the Haydn arrangements at times dull in this company, but those by Weber have a quirky charm that distinguishes them from the frequently more muscular versions by Beethoven.
 
Between them these discs contain forty-six songs and over two hours of delightful and often neglected music. Taken a few at a time I find that they lift the spirits and open the ears delightfully. Certainly this is not the greatest music of any of these composers, but in performances like these it is well worth hearing and bringing hours of pleasure.  

-- John Sheppard, MusicWeb International
 

    Tracklist:

CD1
Beethoven
“Music, Love and Wine” Op 108/1 [1:20]
“The Highland Watch” Op 108/22 [3:43]
“Once more I hail thee” WoO152 [3:37]
“Bonnie Laddie, Highland Laddie” Op 108/7 [1:41]
“Behold my Love how green the groves” Op 108/9 [3:12]
“The Pulse of an Irishman” WoO154 [2:03]
“Constancy” WoO155 [2:36]
“The Elfin Fairies” WoO154 [2:52]
“Ye Shepherds of this pleasant Vale” WoO156 [1:56]
“Sunset” Op 108/2 [2:13]
“He promis’d me at parting” WoO154 [2:20]
“Enchantress, farewell” Op 108/18 [4:13]
“Put round the bright wine” WoO154 [2:29]
“Since all the vows” WoO157 [2:41]
“O how sweet were the hours” Op 108/3 [4:20]
“Duncan Gray” WoO156 [1:57]
“Faithful Johnie” Op 108/20 [4:09]
“Could this ill world have been contrived” Op 108/16 [3:02]
“Highlander’s Lament” WoO157 [3:56]
“Farewell Bliss and Farewell Nancy” WoO152 [3:16]
 
CD2
“The Miller of Dee” WoO157 [2:02]
“O Sanctissima” WoO157 [2:02]
“Oh! Had my Fate been joined with thine” Op 108/12 [4:25]
“Charlie is my Darling” WoO 157 [1:46]
“To the Blackbird” WoO 155 [4:58]
“The Return to Ulster” WoO 152 [4:11]
“Come fill, fill my good Fellow” Op 108/13 [2:09]
“Lochnagar” WoO 156 [4:11]
“Sion, the son of Evan” WoO 155 [1:20]
 
Haydn
“Schläfst oder Wachst Du?” Hob.XXX1a/229 [1:09]
“Heimkehr” Hob.XXXIa/31 [1:37]
“Maggy Lauder” Hob.XXXIa/35 [2:17]
“Dort, wo durchs Ried das Bächlein zieht” Hob.XXXIz/178 [1:18]
“Fleiss leise, mein Bächlein” Hob.XXXIa/253A [2:23]
 
Beethoven
“Horch auf, mein Leibchen” WoO 158a [1:00]
“Da brava, Catina” (Canzonetta Veneziana) WoO158a [1:48]
“O köstliche Zeit” Op 108/3 [4:03]
“Trinklied” Op 108/13 [2:03]
“Die treue Johnie” Op 108/20 [4:07]
“Kommt, schliesst mir einer frohen Kreis” WoO 152 [1:14]
 
Weber
“Ein entmutigter Liebender” J295-304 [3:51]
“Ein beglückter Liebender” J295-304 [1:50]
“Bewunderung” J295-304 [2:30]
“Glühende Liebe” J295-304 [1:41]
“Trinklied” J295-304 [1:12]
“Weine, weine, weine nur nicht” J231 [1:36]
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Works on This Recording

1. Scottish Songs (25), Op. 108: no 1, Music, Love and Wine by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Alexander Young (Tenor), Edith Mathis (Soprano),
Andreas Röhn (Violin), Georg Donderer (Cello), Karl Engel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
2. Scottish Songs (25), Op. 108: no 22, The Highland Watch by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Andreas Röhn (Violin), Edith Mathis (Soprano), Karl Engel (Piano),
Georg Donderer (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
3. Irish Songs (25), WoO 152: no 3, Once more I hail thee by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Andreas Röhn (Violin), Georg Donderer (Cello),
Karl Engel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1814; Vienna, Austria 
4. Scottish Songs (25), Op. 108: no 7, Bonnie laddie, lighland laddie by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Karl Engel (Piano), Andreas Röhn (Violin), Georg Donderer (Cello),
Julia Hamari (Alto)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
5. Scottish Songs (25), Op. 108: no 9, Behold my love how green the groves by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Georg Donderer (Cello), Andreas Röhn (Violin), Edith Mathis (Soprano),
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Karl Engel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1817 
6. Irish Songs (12), WoO 154: no 4, The pulse of an Irishman by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Andreas Röhn (Violin), Georg Donderer (Cello),
Karl Engel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1816; Vienna, Austria 
7. Welsh Songs (26), WoO 155: no 22, Constancy by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Karl Engel (Piano), Andreas Röhn (Violin), Georg Donderer (Cello),
Julia Hamari (Alto)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810 
8. Irish Songs (12), WoO 154: no 1, The Elfin Fairies by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Andreas Röhn (Violin), Edith Mathis (Soprano), Karl Engel (Piano),
Georg Donderer (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1816; Vienna, Austria 
9. Scottish Songs (12), WoO 156: no 4, Ye shepherds of this pleasant vale by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Alexander Young (Tenor), Edith Mathis (Soprano),
Andreas Röhn (Violin), Georg Donderer (Cello), Karl Engel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818 
10. Scottish Songs (25), Op. 108: no 2, Sunset by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Andreas Röhn (Violin), Georg Donderer (Cello),
Karl Engel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Vienna, Austria 
11. Irish Songs (12), WoO 154: no 12, He promised me at parting by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Georg Donderer (Cello), Andreas Röhn (Violin), Edith Mathis (Soprano),
Alexander Young (Tenor), Karl Engel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1816; Vienna, Austria 
12. Scottish Songs (25), Op. 108: no 18, Enchantress, farewell by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Karl Engel (Piano), Alexander Young (Tenor), Andreas Röhn (Violin),
Georg Donderer (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Vienna, Austria 
13. Irish Songs (12), WoO 154: no 6, Put round the bright wine by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Andreas Röhn (Violin), Georg Donderer (Cello),
Karl Engel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1816; Vienna, Austria 
14. Songs (12) of various nationality, WoO 157: no 7, Since all thy vows by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Alexander Young (Tenor), Edith Mathis (Soprano),
Andreas Röhn (Violin), Georg Donderer (Cello), Karl Engel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1815 
15. Scottish Songs (25), Op. 108: no 3, Oh! sweet were the hours by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Andreas Röhn (Violin), Georg Donderer (Cello),
Karl Engel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
16. Scottish Songs (12), WoO 156: no 2, Duncan Gray by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Alexander Young (Tenor), Edith Mathis (Soprano),
Andreas Röhn (Violin), Georg Donderer (Cello), Karl Engel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Vienna, Austria 
17. Scottish Songs (25), Op. 108: no 20, Faithfu' Johnie by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Georg Donderer (Cello), Andreas Röhn (Violin), Edith Mathis (Soprano),
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Karl Engel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810; Vienna, Austria 
18. Scottish Songs (25), Op. 108: no 16, Could this ill world by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Andreas Röhn (Violin), Georg Donderer (Cello),
Karl Engel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810-1818; Vienna, Austria 
19. Songs (12) of various nationality, WoO 157: no 9, Highlander's Lament by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Karl Engel (Piano), Andreas Röhn (Violin), Edith Mathis (Soprano),
Georg Donderer (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
20. Irish Songs (25), WoO 152: no 20, Farewell bliss and farewell Nancy by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Georg Donderer (Cello), Andreas Röhn (Violin), Alexander Young (Tenor),
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Karl Engel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1814; Vienna, Austria 
21. Songs (12) of various nationality, WoO 157: no 5, The Miller of the Dee by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Alexander Young (Tenor), Edith Mathis (Soprano),
Andreas Röhn (Violin), Georg Donderer (Cello), Karl Engel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1819 
22. Songs (12) of various nationality, WoO 157: no 4, O sanctissima by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Karl Engel (Piano), Georg Donderer (Cello), Andreas Röhn (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
23. Scottish Songs (25), Op. 108: no 12, Oh, had my fate by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Andreas Röhn (Violin), Georg Donderer (Cello),
Karl Engel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810-1818; Vienna, Austria 
24. Songs (12) of various nationality, WoO 157: no 3, O Charlie is my darling by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Alexander Young (Tenor), Edith Mathis (Soprano),
Andreas Röhn (Violin), Georg Donderer (Cello), Karl Engel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1822; Vienna, Austria 
25. Welsh Songs (26), WoO 155: no 20, To the Blackbird by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Karl Engel (Piano), Andreas Röhn (Violin), Georg Donderer (Cello),
Julia Hamari (Alto)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810/18913 
26. Irish Songs (25), WoO 152: no 1, The Return to Ulster by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Andreas Röhn (Violin), Georg Donderer (Cello),
Karl Engel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1814; Vienna, Austria 
27. Irish Songs (25), WoO 152: no 13, Come fill, fill, my good fellow by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Andreas Röhn (Violin), Georg Donderer (Cello),
Karl Engel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1817 
28. Scottish Songs (12), WoO 156: no 9, Lochnager by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Alexander Young (Tenor), Edith Mathis (Soprano),
Andreas Röhn (Violin), Georg Donderer (Cello), Karl Engel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1825; Vienna, Austria 
29. Welsh Songs (26), WoO 155: no 1, Sion, the song of Evan by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Georg Donderer (Cello), Andreas Röhn (Violin), Edith Mathis (Soprano),
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Karl Engel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810 
30. Scottish Folksong, H 31a: no 35, Maggy Lauder by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Irmgard Poppen (Cello), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Helmut Heller (Violin),
Karl Engel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Language: German 
31. Scottish Folksong, H 31a: no 31, The Lea-rig by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Irmgard Poppen (Cello), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Helmut Heller (Violin),
Karl Engel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1792; London, England 
Language: German 
32. Scottish Folksong, H 31a: no 253a, Cro Challin by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Irmgard Poppen (Cello), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Helmut Heller (Violin),
Karl Engel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; London, England 
Language: German 
33. Scottish Folksong, H 31a: no 229, Deil tak the wars by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Irmgard Poppen (Cello), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Helmut Heller (Violin),
Karl Engel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
34. Scottish Folksong, H 31a: no 178, Bessy Bell and Mary Gray by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Irmgard Poppen (Cello), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Helmut Heller (Violin),
Karl Engel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; London, England 
Language: German 
35. Songs (23) of various nationality, WoO 158a: no 23, Da brava, Catina by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Irmgard Poppen (Cello), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Helmut Heller (Violin),
Karl Engel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
36. Songs (23) of various nationality, WoO 158a: no 20, Como la mariposa "Bolero a due" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Irmgard Poppen (Cello), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Helmut Heller (Violin),
Karl Engel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
37. Scottish Songs (25), Op. 108: no 20, Faithfu' Johnie by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Irmgard Poppen (Cello), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Helmut Heller (Violin),
Karl Engel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
38. Scottish Songs (25), Op. 108: O köstliche Zeit by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Irmgard Poppen (Cello), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Helmut Heller (Violin),
Karl Engel (Piano)
39. Scottish Songs (25), Op. 108: Trinklied by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Irmgard Poppen (Cello), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Helmut Heller (Violin),
Karl Engel (Piano)
40. Irish Songs (25), WoO 152: no 8, Come draw we round a cheerful ring by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Irmgard Poppen (Cello), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Helmut Heller (Violin),
Karl Engel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1814; Vienna, Austria 
41. Scottish National Songs: no 8, O my love's like the red, red rose, J 302 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Karl Engel (Piano), Aurèle Nicolet (Flute)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Germany 
Language: German 
42. Scottish National Songs: no 6, A soldier am I, J 300 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Karl Engel (Piano), Aurèle Nicolet (Flute)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Germany 
Language: German 
43. Scottish National Songs: no 4, Bonny Dundee, J 298 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Karl Engel (Piano), Aurèle Nicolet (Flute)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Germany 
Language: German 
44. Scottish National Songs: no 3, O poortith cauld, J 297 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Karl Engel (Piano), Aurèle Nicolet (Flute)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Germany 
Language: German 
45. Scottish National Songs: no 10, Whar' hae ye been a' day, J 304 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Karl Engel (Piano), Aurèle Nicolet (Flute)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Germany 
Language: German 
46. Weine, weine, nur nicht, J 231/Op. 54 no 7 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Karl Engel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Germany 

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