German Popular Songs
Life Brings Great Joy

Joachim Held, Lute
Bettina Pahn, Soprano

Release Date: 2007
Label: Hänssler Classic
ASIN: B000X9VT08

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01. Weißt du, wieviel sternlein stehen
02. Horch, was kommt von draußen rein
03. Kume, kum, geselle min!
04. Dat du min Leevsten büst
05. Es waren zwei Königskinder
06. Ballet (instr.)
07. Alle Vögel sind schon da
08. Innsbruck! Ich muß dich lassen
09. Es blies ein Jäger wohl in sein Horn
10. Aria Francese (Instr.)
11. Kein schöner Land in dieser Zeit
12. Das Lieben bringt groß' Freud'
13. Am Brunnen vor dem Tore
14. Es ritten drei Reiter zum Tore hinaus
15. Elstein, liebstes Elstein mein (instr.)
16. Der Mond ist aufgegangen
17. Das Wandern ist des Müllers Lust
18. Schwesterlein, Schwesterlein, wann gehn
18. wir nach Haus
19. Im schönsten Wiesengrunde
20. Der Nonnen Tanz (instr.)
21. Die Gedanken sind frei
22. Jetzt gang i anís Brünnele
23. Ich weiß nicht, was soll es bedeuten
24. Der Winter ist vergangen
25. Ade zur guten Nacht

CD Information

"The German-language popular song can be traced back about 500 years. On the whole, the sources contain more texts of popular songs than melodies. There were already a large numbers of songbooks aimed at serving the needs of well-to-do burghers and city-dwellers in the second half of the fifteenth century. Thanks to Gutenberg, popular song collections began to appear in the sixteenth century. The stock of orally shared songs attracted the interest of such major composers as Hans Leo Hassler, Heinrich Isaac, Ludwig Senfl and others. These composers brought the popular song into the courtly environment with their part-song settings and lifted the German tenorlied to its place of high esteem.

Over the centuries, new generations grew up and stood in admiration of the powerful, nearly unlimited canon of German popular song, and experienced their heartwarming texts and melodies like a revelation and who, finally, also wanted to play and perform them themselves because they discovered in them a timeless validity and beauty. Bettina Pahn and Joachim Held are members of this group. Bettina in particular had close contact with popular song from her earliest. Singing these songs was an integral part of her childhood and youth. And the lute has always accompanied these songs, an instrument that was capable of polyphony and whose expressive potential made it especially well suited to expressing the essence of the popular song.

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