Beethoven: Folk Songs

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LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN
Beethoven: Folk Songs
Paula Sophie Bohnet (soprano) Daniel Johannsen (tenor) Georg Klimbacher (baritone) Bernadette Bartos (piano)

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Release Date: Monday 20 July 2020

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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.

"I have a feeling that these folk song arrangements are fairly little known, but they are definitely worth investigating. All in all a wholly delightful programme, excellently performed." MusicWeb Recommeded July 2020

Tracks:

Irish Songs II, WoO 153
1. No. 44. Sunshine, Hess 178 (1815) [2:50]
26 Welsh Songs, WoO 155
2. No. 19. The Vale of Clwyd (1st version, Hess 191) (c. 1810) [4:37]
Irish Songs II, WoO 153
3. No. 30. I dream'd I lay (2nd version) (1812/13) [2:38]
4. No. 41. I'll praise the saints (1st version, Hess 196)) (1810) [6:08]
5. No. 49. 'T is but in vain (2nd version) (1812/13) [4:09]
6. No. 48. Oh! Would I were (1st version, Hess 198) (1812) [4:31]
25 Scottish Songs, Op. 108
7. No. 4. The Maid of Isla (2nd version, Hess 200) (1817/18) [2:29]
8. No. 4. The Maid of Isla (1st version, Hess 200) (1817) [2:28]
9. No. 7. Bonny Laddie, Highland Laddie (2nd version with revised violin part, Hess 201) (1817/18) [2:00]
10. No. 7. Bonny Laddie, Highland Laddie (1st version with original violin part, Hess 201) (1815) [1:55]
11. No. 20. Faithfu' Johnie (1st version, Hess 203) (1810) [6:15]
26 Welsh Songs, WoO 155
12. No. 7. O let the night my blushes hide (2nd discarded version, Hess 204) (1810) [3:52]
13. No. 14. The Dream (1st version, Hess 205) (c. 1810) [5:15]
14. No. 20. To the Blackbird (1st version, Hess 206) (1810) [4:40]
25 Scottish Songs, Op. 108
15. No. 11. Oh! Thou art the lad of my heart (1st version, Hess 202) (1815) [2:06]
Irish Songs III, WoO 154 (1810-15)
16. No. 60. Lament for Owen Roe O'Neill [2:30]
17. No. 62. Castle O'Neill [2:21]
Irish Songs I, WoO 152
18. No. 5. On the Massacre of Glencoe (1st version) (1810) [6:28]
29 Songs of Various Nationality, WoO 158
19. No. 19. Una Paloma blanca (1st version, Gardi 25) (1816) [1:00]
Irish Songs II, WoO 153
20. No. 40. When far from the home (alternative version, Hess 195) (1813) [4:13]