℗ 2020 Signum Records
Duration 1h 04m 35s
Record Label Signum Records
Catalogue No. SIGCD606
Release Date January 24, 2020
Genre Classical
 

The Divine Muse

Mary Bevan, Joseph Middleton

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1.1
Vedi, quanto adoro ingrato, D. 510
Franz Schubert; Mary Bevan; Joseph Middleton
4:29
1.2
Son fra l’onde, D.78
Franz Schubert; Mary Bevan; Joseph Middleton
1:48
1.3
Die Götter Griechenlands, D.677
Franz Schubert; Mary Bevan; Joseph Middleton
4:06
Goethe Lieder  
1.4
No. 50. Ganymed
Hugo Wolf; Mary Bevan; Joseph Middleton
5:26
Mörike Lieder  
1.5
No. 27. Zum neuen Jahr
Hugo Wolf; Mary Bevan; Joseph Middleton
1:51
1.6
No. 22. Seufzer
Hugo Wolf; Mary Bevan; Joseph Middleton
2:34
1.7
No. 28. Gebet
Hugo Wolf; Mary Bevan; Joseph Middleton
2:38
1.8
No. 46: Gesang Weylas
Hugo Wolf; Mary Bevan; Joseph Middleton
1:43
1.9
Ganymed, D.544
Franz Schubert; Mary Bevan; Joseph Middleton
4:06
Arianna a Naxos  
1.10
I. Largo e sostenuto
Joseph Haydn; Mary Bevan; Joseph Middleton
4:54
1.11
II. Aria (Dove sei)
Joseph Haydn; Mary Bevan; Joseph Middleton
4:16
1.12
III. Andante (Poco da me lontano)
Joseph Haydn; Mary Bevan; Joseph Middleton
3:19
1.13
IV. Aria (Ah, che morir vorrei)
Joseph Haydn; Mary Bevan; Joseph Middleton
3:58
1.14
Geistliches Lied
Joseph Haydn; Mary Bevan; Joseph Middleton
3:33
1.15
Gott im Frühlinge, D.448
Franz Schubert; Mary Bevan; Joseph Middleton
1:57
1.16
Marie, D.658
Franz Schubert; Mary Bevan; Joseph Middleton
1:30
Alte Weisen  
1.17
No. 6: Wie glänzt der helle Mond
Hugo Wolf; Mary Bevan; Joseph Middleton
3:42
Mörike Lieder  
1.18
No. 23. Auf ein altes Bild
Hugo Wolf; Mary Bevan; Joseph Middleton
2:26
Spanisches Liederbuch  
1.19
No. 4. Die ihr schwebet
Hugo Wolf; Mary Bevan; Joseph Middleton
2:43
Mörike Lieder  
1.20
No. 25 Schlafendes Jesuskind
Hugo Wolf; Mary Bevan; Joseph Middleton
3:36
Duration    1h 04m 35s
After the success of their debut album, Voyages, Mary Bevan and Joseph Middleton present their second recital album exploring Lieder in German and Italian by Schubert, Haydn and Wolf. The programme is woven around songs inspired by the ‘muses’ of the day, both mythological and divine. It begins with Schubert’s dramatic and reverential settings of sacred German poetry, set alongside his lush emotional portrayals of female characters in the Italian settings. The central section of the album is then devoted to Haydn’s epic ‘scena’ depicting the famously cruel abandonment of Arianna by her lover Teseo, ‘Arianna a Naxos’. Haydn’s beautiful prayer ‘Geistliches Lied’ takes us back into the world of German poetry and the religious fervour that arose from the collective belief in Christianity which pervaded most art forms of the age. The album then moves into works by Hugo Wolf, whose stunning settings of devotional texts take the listener right to the heart of the characters; a few of these songs were in fact inspired by paintings. The early moments of Jesus Christ’s life are vividly portrayed here, particularly in songs such as ‘Die ihr Schwebet’, ‘Auf ein Altes Bild’ and ‘Schlafendes Jesuskind’, while the haunting ‘Gesang Weylas’ invites the listener into the world of the mysterious goddes Weyla who wistfully dreams of the shores of her distant homeland. From Ganymed to Christ, Dido to the Virgin Mary, Arianna to St Peter, this recital album richly illustrates the lives and events surrounding the ‘divine muses’ who inspired these composers.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Signum Records Studio Masters

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