Yes, this is an on-demand cd without liner notes or translations and the most rudimentary track list. However, the price is right. The Schoenberg is the draw here and it's fantastic. Gerhaher and Huber as as always exemplary. The sound is not up to the standards of the same duo's Aret Nova releases, but still ok.
Schoenberg in Beethoven's clothing: The title "Ferne Geliebte" and the alphabetical listing of composers Beethoven | Berg | Haydn | Schoenberg are clever tricks by the marketing wizards at Sony to make you think you are grabbing something innocuously beautiful, with a smattering of ear-stretching 'Second Viennese School'. What you are really getting here is a recording of Schoenberg's "The Book of Hanging Gardens", based on the Stefan George cycle of poems with lovely, more easily digestible musical garnish. Something that, Gerhaher or not, wouldn't sell all that well.
Don't hold it against them: They are making you grab something truly sublime, even if they do it with a hint of trickery. Never mind that the Beethoven -- his two best works in Lied, "An die ferne Geliebte" and "Adelaide" -- are as exemplary as you'd expect them, if you have come to appreciate the natural, touchingly normal, un-strained, truly artless style of Gerhaher's voice, and that the late-romantic...
it is a cdon demand, and had a list of songs with no composers name next to them and no lyrics. I would like a replacement with an original CD
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