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Mary Bevan & Joseph Middleton

The Divine Muse

  • Type CD
  • Label Signum Classics
  • UPC 0635212060629
  • Catalog number SIGCD 606
  • Release date 17 January 2020
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About the album

After the success of their debut disc, ‘Voyages’, Mary Bevan and Joseph Middleton present their second recital disc 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 disc 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 disc 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 disc richly illustrates the lives and events surrounding the ‘divine muses’ who inspired these composers.

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    Vedi, quanto adoro ingrato, D.510
     
    04:29
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    Son fra l’onde, D.78
     
    01:48
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    Die Götter Griechenlands, D.677
     
    04:06
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    Goethe Lieder No. 50. Ganymed
     
    05:26
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    Mörike Lieder No. 27. Zum neuen Jahr
     
    01:51
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    Mörike Lieder No. 22. Seufzer
     
    02:34
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    Mörike Lieder No. 28. Gebet
     
    02:38
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    Mörike Lieder No. 46: Gesang Weylas
     
    01:43
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    Ganymed, D. 544
     
    04:06
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    Arianna a Naxos, Hob XXVIb:2 I. Largo e sostenuto
     
    04:54
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    Arianna a Naxos, Hob XXVIb:2 II. Aria ‘Dove sei‘
     
    04:16
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    Arianna a Naxos, Hob XXVIb:2 III. Andante – Poco da me lontano
     
    03:19
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    Arianna a Naxos, Hob XXVIb:2 IV. Aria ‘Ah, che morir vorrei‘
     
    03:58
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    Geistliches Lied, Hob XXVI:17
     
    03:33
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    Gott im Frühlinge, D.448
     
    01:57
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    Marie, D.658
     
    01:30
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    Alte Weisen No. 6. Wie glänzt der helle Mond
     
    03:42
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    Mörike Lieder No. 23. Auf ein altes Bild
     
    02:26
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    Spanisches Liederbuch No. 4. Die ihr schwebet
     
    02:43
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    Mörike Lieder Schlafendes Jesuskind
     
    03:36

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