An die Geliebte (2013)

Beethoven, Von Weber, Strauss, Wolf

Julian Prégardien

In the Romantic era, thousands of songs and poems emerged from the wellspring of unre- quited love. At first glance, the tracklist on this album might seem like a simple collection of my favourite songs on that subject. Actually I’ve been fine-honing this compilation for quite some time, and so intensely that now I almost feel as if the result was something I composed myself. In planning my first solo lied album, I found this extremely important. I wanted to ex- press so much more than the narrow confines of a great Romantic cycle such as Die schöne Mül- lerin or Dichterliebe could have permitted.

While studying in Freiburg, one day I came across a miniature score of Beethoven’s “Dis- tant Beloved”. I immediately went out and also bought his “Letters to the Immortal Beloved”, where the Titan opens up his very soul. In my opinion, those letters are probably the key el- ement in helping us grasp what the “Distant Beloved” song cycle is about. Until then I had imagined Beethoven as a harsh, bitter man. Now, in his letters, I was flabbergasted to find him expressing himself in such impatient, en- thusiastic, love-besotted terms. The “Distant Beloved” cycle was published in early 1816. It is special for two reasons: it is the only song cycle Beethoven ever wrote, and it represents the first through-composed song cycle in music history. With this in mind, it almost made me nervous to discover a series of songs by Weber that hardly anyone knew, written practically in parallel with Beethoven’s song cycle. I thought it would be fascinating to place the two works side by side. Weber’s tongue-in-cheek title The Four Tempera- ments On the Loss of the Beloved is not the only element suggesting that the cycle should be included in a programme such as this one; I also find it great fun to slip again and again into the different roles these songs contain.
 
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Julian Prégardien

Julian Prégardien possesses one of the most distinguished profiles among the young generation of singers, enjoying widespread success in equal measure in opera, concert and Lied repertoire. Within a wide variety of styles and periods, Julian Prégardien specializes in Baroque music and Romantic artsong. He regularly collaborates with conduc- tors Christophe Rousset, René Jacobs and Kent Nagano, in productions with the Bavarian Radio Choir and the Audi Youth Choral Academy.
Julian Prégardien appears with leading European early music ensem- bles such as the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Concerto Köln and Con- certo Copenhagen, as well as with world-renowned modern orchestras such as the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Bavarian Ra- dio Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. He is invited to perform at Salzburg Festival, the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music and the Festival de Beaune (France). Furthermore, Julian Prégardien is one of the chosen soloists who will perform a number of recitals during the 2015-2016 in a cycle of the complete songs of Franz Schubert – a major joint collaboration between Wigmore Hall (Lon- don) and the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg (Austria). His first solo CD “An die Geliebte” (myrios classics, 2014) received high accolades from the international press and was nominated in 2015 for a series of distinctions, including the BBC Music Magazine Award of the Year and the International Classical Music Award (ICMA)

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An die Geliebte (2013)

Beethoven, Von Weber, Strauss, Wolf

Julian Prégardien

Cables: van den Hul
Digital Converters: Digital Audio Denmark AX24
Mastering Equipment: B&W Nautilus Loudspeakers
Microphones: Sennheiser MKH800, DPA4006, 4007, Schoeps CMC6 MK21, MK2s
Producer: Stephan Cahen
Recording Engineer: Stephan Cahen
Recording location: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal Cologne,
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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An die ferne Geliebte
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Die vier Temperamente beim Verluste der Geliebten - I. Der Leichtmütige
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Die vier Temperamente beim Verluste der Geliebten - II. Der Schwermütige
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Moorike-Lieder - I. Lied eines Verliebten
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Moorike-Lieder - V. Heimweh
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Moorike-Lieder - VI. An die Geliebte
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Resignation
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