Sah ein Knab ein Röslein steh’n…

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1771 (1749-1832)

Sah ein Knab’ ein Röslein stehn,
Röslein auf der Heiden,
war so jung und morgenschön,
lief er schnell, es nah zu sehn,
sah’s mit vielen Freuden.
Röslein, Röslein, Röslein rot,
Röslein auf der Heiden.

Knabe sprach: Ich breche dich,
Röslein auf der Heiden!“
Röslein sprach: Ich steche dich,
dass du ewig denkst an mich,
und ich will’s nicht leiden.“
Röslein, Röslein, Röslein rot,
Röslein auf der Heiden.

Und der wilde Knabe brach
‘s Röslein auf der Heiden;
Röslein wehrte sich und stach,
half ihm doch kein Weh und Ach,
musst’ es eben leiden.
Röslein, Röslein, Röslein rot,
Röslein auf der Heiden.

 This classic German lied is so beautifully harmonised and interpreted by Carla Maffioletti, Suzan Erens and Carmen Monarcha. Dirección, Andre Rieu.

A YouTube commenter likened the trio to the Irish Celtic Woman singers. I would also be inclined to agree, as it was the first thing that sprung to mind, upon listening to this exquisite rendition. I note that two of the singers are Brazilian & one is Dutch, and would therefore commend them on their excellent German pronunciation. The pastel coloured evening dresses and jewellery are so elegant and pretty. The orchestra/conducter also deserve a big round of applause.
I absolutely adore Katja Ebstein’s rendition. Her German diction is to perfection. There is so much chemistry between the German legendary singer and the young talented classical Spanish guitarist.
This is the version of Heidenröslein,by Franz Schubert, sung by an anonymous Vienna Boy’s Choir soloist, that I taught to the children in Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan, during the eighties. (The teacher wanted them to learn some German and French songs.) This interpretation would be the genuine article, as it’s sung by a native German boy.
Helen Schneider reminds me so much of Amy Winehouse.
The Hofmann sisters sing a brilliant version too.

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