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Loewe: Balladen / Buchner, Adam, Shetler, Dunckel

Loewe / Buechner / Shetler / Adam / Dunckel
Release Date: 07/30/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94676   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Carl Loewe
Performer:  Eberhard BüchnerNorman ShetlerTheo AdamRudolf Dunckel
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Carl Loewe was born in Löbejün, studied in Halle, toured through Germany in his mid-20s and then secured an appointment as professor and Kantor at the Gymnasium and seminary in Stettin (formerly in Prussia, now in Poland), where he remained for the rest of his life. A contemporary of Schubert, he was a central figure in Stettin's musical life, and was a prolific composer of songs and oratorio to cater for the increasing musical appetite of the late-19th-century German bourgeoisie.

Loewe is today remembered for his treatment of the ballad, a relatively new genre at that time which took the form of a lengthy story comprising many verses, characters and dramatic events. Country life, olden or idealised times, love and
Read more the passing of time are often the subject matter for his works, which are set to a variety of then-contemporary poets ranging from classical masters Rückert and Schiller to more forward-looking ones such as Chamisso; while Prinz Eugen (1844) recounts the victory of Prince Eugen of Savoy during the Austro-Turkish War of 1716--18, for instance, Süßes Begräbnis describes the final resting place of a shepherdess (1837). Also included on the release is Loewe's intimate setting of Goethe's Erlkönig, a direct contrast to Schubert's infamous and much more extrovert rendition of the text, composed just one year earlier.

Performing these often over-looked works are the tenor and bass singers Eberhard Büchner and Theo Adam, accompanied by Norman Shetler and Rudolf Dunckel respectively. The two duos cover all manner of moods in what are highly atmospheric pieces, and in doing so offer a strong case for why Loewe -- nicknamed the 'Schubert of North Germany' in his day -- deserves to be better known.

Other information:
- Recorded in 1968 and 1983.
- Carl Loewe (1796-1869) went into musical history as the Master of the Ballade. This genre, unlike the more familiar "Lied", tells a lengthy continuous story, full of dramatic events and characters, often set in ancient times.
- To keep the listener's attention one needs interpreters with an excellent voice and a convincing, theatrical presentation. Both Eberhard Büchner and Theo Adam hold their audience spellbound in their unfolding of these tales of love, honour, tragedy and bliss.
- Booklet contains liner notes and the complete sung texts. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Die Heinzelmännchen, Op. 83 by Carl Loewe
Performer:  Eberhard Büchner (Tenor), Norman Shetler (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Germany 
2.
Fabellieder (4), Op. 64: no 1, Der verliebte Maikäfer by Carl Loewe
Performer:  Eberhard Büchner (Tenor), Norman Shetler (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 
3.
Ballads (3), Op. 1: no 2, Der Wirtin Töchterlein by Carl Loewe
Performer:  Theo Adam (Bass), Rudolf Dunckel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Germany 
4.
Gedichte (12), Op. 62: no 4, Süsses begräbnis by Carl Loewe
Performer:  Theo Adam (Bass), Rudolf Dunckel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 
5.
Prinz Eugen, Op. 92 by Carl Loewe
Performer:  Theo Adam (Bass), Rudolf Dunckel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
6.
Ballads (3), Op. 129: no 2, Der Nöck by Carl Loewe
Performer:  Theo Adam (Bass), Rudolf Dunckel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Germany 
7.
Ballads (3), Op. 56: no 1, Heinrich der Vogler by Carl Loewe
Performer:  Theo Adam (Bass), Rudolf Dunckel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
8.
Ballads (3), Op. 1: no 3, Erlkönig by Carl Loewe
Performer:  Theo Adam (Bass), Rudolf Dunckel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1824; Germany 
9.
Ballads (2), Op. 8: no 1, Des Goldschmieds Töchterlein by Carl Loewe
Performer:  Theo Adam (Bass), Rudolf Dunckel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Germany 
10.
Tom der Reimer, Op. 135a by Carl Loewe
Performer:  Theo Adam (Bass), Rudolf Dunckel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1860; Germany 
11.
Gesänge (3), Op. 123: no 3, Die Uhr by Carl Loewe
Performer:  Theo Adam (Bass), Rudolf Dunckel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852; Germany 

Sound Samples

Die Heinzelmannchen, Op. 83
4 Fabellieder, Op. 64 (text by R. Reinick): 4 Fabellieder, Op. 64: No. 1. Der verliebte Maikafer
3 Balladen, Op. 1 (text by J.H. Uhland): 3 Balladen, Op. 1: No. 2. Der Wirthin Tochterlein
12 Gedichte, Op. 62: No. 4. Susses Begrabnis
Prinz Eugen, der edle Ritter, Op. 92
3 Balladen, Op. 129: No. 2. Der Nock
3 Balladen, Op. 56: No. 1. Heinrich der Vogler
3 Balladen, Op. 1 (text by J.W. von Goethe): 3 Balladen, Op. 1: No. 3. Erlkonig
2 Balladen, Op. 8: No. 1. Des Goldschmieds Tochterlein
Tom der Reimer, Op. 135a
3 Gesange, Op. 123: No. 3. Die Uhr

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