The Ballad Singer

This latest release from the multi-award-winning partnership of Gerald Finley and Julius Drake features a literary and musical form which inspired the greatest voices of German Romanticism. The foremost poets and composers of the age saw the ballad as a direct link to the folk-minstrels of the past. Frequently ghoulish and sensational in character, ballads satisfied the popular taste for the Gothic. This disc contains some of the greatest examples of the form, including Schubert’s Erlkönig, as well as some fascinating and lesser-known works. The disc also includes selections from the ever popular English ballad tradition.

Gerald Finley’s unrivalled gift for characterization and story-telling, honed both on the stages of opera houses around the world and through his extraordinary Lieder recordings, makes him the ideal performer of these works. This is a genuinely entertaining and original disc.

Performed with: Julius Drake, piano

April 2011


Beethoven: Lieder (6), Op. 75

  • III. Aus Goethes Faust

Loewe, C: Edward, Op. 1 No. 1 (Herder)

Loewe, C: Die wandelnde Glocke, Op. 20 No. 3

Schubert: Erlkönig, D328

 Excerpt,Schumann: Gesänge (3), Op. 31

  • I. Die Löwenbraut

Excerpt,Schumann: Romanzen und Balladen I, Op. 45

  • I. Der Schatzgräber

anon.: 49 Deutsche Volkslieder, WoO33

XXIX. Es war ein Markgraf überm Rhein

 Excerpt,Wolf, H: Gedichte von Eduard Mörike

  • XLIV. Der Feuerreiter

Mahler: Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Stanford: La Belle Dame sans merci (John Keats) (1877)

anon.: Lord Randall

Sullivan, A: The Lost Chord

Emanuel: The Desert

Porter, C: The Tale of the Oyster