An die ferne Geliebte; Songs; Bagatelles, Op. 126
Werner Güra (tenor), Christoph Berner (fortepiano)
Harmonia Mundi HMC 902217
Reviewed December 2015
Beethoven’s heart and mind is uncovered as his song-cycle An die ferne Geliebte is put within the context of an interleaving of the composer’s songs and bagatelles. Werner Güra’s beautifully enunciated tenor recreates the spiritual struggle in Beethoven’s songs, and Christoph Berner’s fearless playing, as accompanist and soloist, sets the songs into new and thrilling relief.