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Beethoven the song composer. The giant of the symphony and the sonata has somewhat overshadowed Beethoven the creator of songs. Yet his lieder are certainly not lacking in appeal or originality, as is shown by this selection that includes the most famous, from 'Adelaide' to the first song cycle in history, 'An die ferne Geliebte'. Christoph Berner plays a Streicher fortepiano of 1847, perfectly suited to both the songs and the wonderful Bagatelles Op.126.
Playing on an 1847 Streicher fortepiano – a direct descendant of the kind of instrument Beethoven knew – Berner relishes t[the Bagatelles'] quirkiness, explosive energy and rarefied lyricism...Güra’s mellifluous tenor has lost none of the freshness of a decade and more ago. He sings An die ferne Geliebte with a wondering, confiding intimacy, punctuated by surges of excited urgency. Gramophone
Güra's noble and beautifully enunciated tenor recreates the sheer energy and spiritual struggle within the microcosm of Beethoven's songs…Berner's 1847 Streicher fortepiano captures well the clarity and the tonal depths of Beethoven's keyboard writing. And the artfully placed Bagatelles, fearlessly played, become both responses to and a spiritual fine-tuning for our reception of the songs. BBC Music Magazine