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Beethoven:Folk Songs


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Audio CD, January 13, 1998
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  • Audio CD (January 13, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Classics
  • ASIN: B0000041JZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,187 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Op 108, No 5: The Sweetest Lad Was Jamie
2. Op 108, No 24: Again, My Lyre
3. WoO 155, No 12: Waken Lords And Ladies Gay
4. WoO 154, No 5: Oh! Who, My Dear Dermots
5. WoO 154, No1: The Elfin Fairies
6. Op 108, No 20: Faithfu' Johnie
7. WoO 152, No10: The Deserter
8. WoO 155, No 15: When Mortals All To Rest Retire
9. Op 108, No 13: Come Fill, Fill, My Good Fellows
10. WoO 153, No 9: The Kiss, Dear Maid
11. WoO 153, No 11: When Far From The Home
12. WoO 152, No 21: Morning A Cruel Turmoiler Is
13. Op 108, No 2: Sunset
14. Op 108, No 3: Oh! Sweet Were The Hours
15. WoO 155, No 21: Cupid's Kindness
16. WoO 152, No 5: On The Massacre Of Gencoe
17. WoO 152, No 1: The Return To Ulster
18. WoO 154, No 4: The Pulse Of An Irishman
19. WoO 155, No 25: The Parting Kiss
20. WoO 155, No 26: Good Night

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By Mary Ann on March 9, 2014
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I heard the song 'The Kiss, Dear Maid' on the radio and tracked down this CD. A lovely selection. I had no idea Beethoven had done these works.
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Beethoven's settings of British Isle folksongs are charming and, in some cases, moving. Though the composer seemed aware of the commercial impetus behind the works, his personality inevitably peeks out from under the uncomplicated instrumental writing. For his own part, Holzmair is a sensitive singer with an easy yet colorful voice. What cripples this recording is the singer's English. It is, in a word (that he probably couldn't pronounce very well), horrendous. Beethoven himself was not a native English speaker, so there may be an odd twist of authenticity here. Still, they are strophic folksongs, and most of what makes the verses of any given song distinct from one another are the words. Yes, they are printed in the CD booklet, but it just seems wrong to have to read the texts while listening to songs that are so much about verbal storytelling.
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By NRL on December 25, 2012
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I first became acquainted with Beethoven's settings of Scottish and Irish songs on an old Folkways LP by the ballad minstrel, Richard Dyer-Bennet. He was sufficiently versed in both the folk and classical styles to convey the way these folk song settings rest securely in both traditions. The Dyer-Bennet is currently available as a special pressing from Smithsonian Folkways. Until I heard Wolfgang Holzmair's performance, I've been disappointed with other versions, which lacked the warmth inherent in the material. Holzmair has a subtle and unpretentious voice that is perfect for these songs, and he's accompanied by the Trio Fontenay, who have a similar delicate delicate touch. This disc, currently a special pressing from Arkiv Music, will appeal to lovers of Beethoven's chamber music as well as to those who want to hear this material in a way that combines the strengths of concert music and folk ballads.
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