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H. Marteau: Entdeckung Eines Romantikers
By Franz Schmidtner
By Franz Schmidtner, Galina Vracheva, Gunther Weissenborn, Vesselina Kasarova, and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. By Henri Marteau (1874-1934) and Lieder. Classical. CD. Naxos #SM263. Published by Naxos (NX.SM263).
Item Number: NX.SM263
Composed during the period of protective custody between 1915 and 1917"", Henri Marteau notes on the cover of the sketches for the cycle Opus 19c. He originally wrote the eight songs for string accompaniment, but then asked the Bulgarian composer Pantcho Wladigueroff for an arrangement for piano and voice. The poems which he carefully sets to music are by Sully Prudhomme and Francois Coppe, and they depict the vivid and symbolical nature and the rain, the Bretagne, the sea and the pretty grisettes who visit their lovers after work. The musical language of Marteau is poetic, atmospheric, most of the songs are at a slow pace, the moods are cloudy and in minor. In the eight songs with piano accompaniment of Opus 28, on the other hand, Marteau sets to music German poems by Holderlin, Otto Julius Bierbaum, Emanuel Geibel, Martin Greif and the Romanian queen of German descent, who wrote under the pseudonym Carmen Sylva. The songs are shorter, the harmonies more compact, the tempi more fluid and the basic mood is now major.