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Beethoven: An Die Ferne Geliebte; Et Al / Holzmair, Cooper


Release Date: 05/09/2000 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 454475   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenWolfgang Amadeus MozartFranz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Wolfgang HolzmairImogen Cooper
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A winning offering of classical songs from a partnership that has gone from strength to strength.

There must be few more moving songs in the English language than Haydn's The Spirit's Song, Content and She never told her love, wholly on a par with his work in other fields in terms of both harmonic ingenuity and emotional feeling. Or so it seems when they are sung with the deep eloquence provided by Holzmair, seconded by Cooper's perceptive piano playing. Over and over again in this absorbing, generous recital, but particularly in the Haydn, Holzmair more than ever sounds like a baritone equivalent of his great fellow-countryman, Julius Patzak. There's the same plangent tone, the same ability to conjure forth the inner
Read more meaning of a song in an almost reticent way. Yet Holzmair is no less successful in the extrovert jollity of the familiar Sailor's Song. The slight accent in his otherwise commendable English somehow adds to the attraction of these readings.

The partnership is just as successful in its Mozart choices, Cooper displaying typical jeux d'esprit, and they give a properly solemn account of the Masonic cantata, K619, with its many echoes of Die Zauberflote. Even such a familiar song as Das Veilchen is performed with such spontaneity that it might have been written yesterday. In the two Beethoven offerings, the many available versions provide strong competition. Adelaide, perhaps, calls for a slightly more out-going fervour as provided recently by the Award-winning Stephan Genz, who also offered on the same CD a wonderfully youthful An die ferne Geliebte, but Holzmair in his more retiring, gentle way presents another, equally valid view of the cycle, one that yields up subtleties few others have found in the work, not least because he and Cooper have such a rapport that they seem to think as one. If it's true that Philips has decided not to make any more discs with the pair, its decision is to be deplored, especially as their offerings are said to have sold well. The company, to its shame, has already delayed issuing this CD for more than three years.

-- Alan Blyth, Gramophone [6/2000]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Adelaide, Op. 46 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone), Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1997 
Venue:  Haydn Hall, Esterházy Castle, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Das Veilchen, K 476 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone), Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1997 
Venue:  Haydn Hall, Esterházy Castle, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
An Chloë, K 524 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone), Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1997 
Venue:  Haydn Hall, Esterházy Castle, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: German 
4.
Das Traumbild, K 530 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Imogen Cooper (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 10/1997 
Venue:  Haydn Hall, Esterházy Castle, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: German 
5.
Die betrogene Welt, K 474 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Imogen Cooper (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1997 
Venue:  Haydn Hall, Esterházy Castle, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: German 
6.
Lieder für Clavier Book 2, H 26a: no 22, Lob der Faulheit by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone), Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 10/1997 
Venue:  Haydn Hall, Esterházy Castle, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: German 
7.
Lieder für Clavier Bk 1, in F minor H 26a: no 9, Trost unglücklicher Liebe by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Imogen Cooper (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 10/1997 
Venue:  Haydn Hall, Esterházy Castle, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: German 
8.
Die ihr des unermesslichen Weltalls Schöpfer ehrt, K 619 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Imogen Cooper (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1997 
Venue:  Haydn Hall, Esterházy Castle, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: German 
9.
O Tuneful Voice, H 26a no 42 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone), Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: circa ?1795; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/1997 
Venue:  Haydn Hall, Esterházy Castle, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: English 
10.
Original Canzonettas Book 2, H 26a: no 31, Sailor's Song by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone), Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/1997 
Venue:  Haydn Hall, Esterházy Castle, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: English 
11.
Original Canzonettas Book 2, H 26a: no 33, Sympathy by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone), Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/1997 
Venue:  Haydn Hall, Esterházy Castle, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: English 
12.
Spirit's Song, H 26a no 41 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone), Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: circa ?1795; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/1997 
Venue:  Haydn Hall, Esterházy Castle, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: English 
13.
Original Canzonettas Book 1, H 26a: no 30, Fidelity by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Imogen Cooper (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/1997 
Venue:  Haydn Hall, Esterházy Castle, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: English 
14.
Original Canzonettas Book 2, H 26a: no 36, Transport..pleasure by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Imogen Cooper (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/1997 
Venue:  Haydn Hall, Esterházy Castle, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: English 
15.
Original Canzonettas Book 2, H 26a: no 35, Piercing eyes by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Imogen Cooper (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/1997 
Venue:  Haydn Hall, Esterházy Castle, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: English 
16.
Original Canzonettas Book 2, H 26a: no 34, She never told her love by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone), Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/1997 
Venue:  Haydn Hall, Esterházy Castle, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: English 
17.
An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Imogen Cooper (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1815-1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1997 
Venue:  Haydn Hall, Esterházy Castle, Austria 
Length: 13 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: German 
18.
Lieder für Clavier Book 2, H 26a: no 16, Gegenliebe by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Imogen Cooper (Piano), Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Period: Classical 
Written: Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 10/1997 
Venue:  Haydn Hall, Esterházy Castle, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: German 
19.
Lieder für Clavier Book 1, H 26a: no 12, Die zu späte Ankunft der Mutter by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone), Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 10/1997 
Venue:  Haydn Hall, Esterházy Castle, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: German 

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