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Beethoven: Folk Songs / Wolfgang Holzmair, Trio Fontenay


Release Date: 01/13/1998 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 442784   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fontenay Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

It takes courage – some would say nerve – for an Englishman to face the linguistic fences here at a full canter. But a German ... ! Actually, Wolfgang Holzmair does remarkably well, and if you have to turn to the printed page to follow the words, well, so you probably would anyway whoever was singing them. Often it is only a small thing (such as ‘theh’ instead of ‘thuh’ for ‘the’) that betrays the singer’s nationality, and heaven knows we must do much worse in German ears when we essay their Lieder. What Holzmair gives us in exchange is a most beautiful legato. I’ve become very fond of the seven-disc volume of folksong arrangements in DG’s Beethoven Complete Edition, and comparing Christopher Maltman’s clean-edged singing of that song Read more (“Morning a cruel turmoiler is”) one finds distinct advantages; but turn back a track to “The kiss, dear maid”, and the beauty of Holzmair’s singing is in a different category altogether. Even with Thomas Allen for comparison, as in “Oh! sweet were the hours”, the Germans’ performance has a shade more tenderness in the caress of the verse before the rousing refrain of “Bring some wine to cheer me”.

Germans, note: plural. The work of the Fontenay Trio is a delight in itself. The instrumental writing in these arrangements is part of the fun, the holiday mood which these small works suggest in the great composer. In “Critics’ choice” (3/98), having put the seven-disc set at the top of the list, I wondered aloud whether Beethoven regarded these things as a chore and accepted them as mere hackwork. Barry Cooper’s note for this new record gives the answer. At first he did, but before long he was enjoying himself so much that he renounced other commissions in their favour. And so it sounds.

-- Gramophone [4/1998]
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Works on This Recording

1. Welsh Songs (26), WoO 155: no 12, Waken lords and ladies gay by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fontenay Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Language: English 
2. Irish Songs (12), WoO 154: no 5, Oh! who, my dear Dermot by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fontenay Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Language: English 
3. Irish Songs (12), WoO 154: no 1, The Elfin Fairies by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fontenay Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Language: English 
4. Scottish Songs (25), Op. 108: no 20, Faithfu' Johnie by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fontenay Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810; Vienna, Austria 
Language: English 
5. Irish Songs (25), WoO 152: no 10, The Deserter by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fontenay Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1814; Vienna, Austria 
Language: English 
6. Welsh Songs (26), WoO 155: no 15, When mortals all to rest retire by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fontenay Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Language: English 
7. Irish Songs (20), WoO 153: no 9, The kiss, dear maid, thy lip has left by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fontenay Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Language: English 
8. Irish Songs (20), WoO 153: no 11, When far from the home by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fontenay Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Language: English 
9. Irish Songs (25), WoO 152: no 21, Morning a cruel turmoiler is by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fontenay Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1814; Vienna, Austria 
Language: English 
10. Scottish Songs (25), Op. 108: no 2, Sunset by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fontenay Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Vienna, Austria 
Language: English 
11. Welsh Songs (26), WoO 155: no 21, Cupid's Kindness by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fontenay Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Language: English 
12. Irish Songs (25), WoO 152: no 5, The Massacre of Glencoe by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fontenay Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1814; Vienna, Austria 
Language: English 
13. Irish Songs (25), WoO 152: no 1, The Return to Ulster by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fontenay Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1814; Vienna, Austria 
Language: English 
14. Irish Songs (12), WoO 154: no 4, The pulse of an Irishman by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fontenay Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Language: English 
15. Welsh Songs (26), WoO 155: no 25, The parting kiss by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fontenay Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Language: English 
16. Welsh Songs (26), WoO 155: no 26, Good Night by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fontenay Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Language: English 
17. Scottish Songs (25), Op. 108: no 5, The sweetest lad was Jamie by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fontenay Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Language: English 
18. Scottish Songs (25), Op. 108: no 24, Again my lyre by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fontenay Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Language: English 
19. Scottish Songs (25), Op. 108: no 13 Come fill, fill, my good fellow by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fontenay Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Language: English 
20. Scottish Songs (25), Op. 108: no 3, Oh! sweet were the hours by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fontenay Trio
Period: Classical 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Language: English 

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