Ludwig van Beethoven

In questa tomba oscura, arietta for voice and piano (or orchestra), WoO 133

    Description by Anne Feeney

    The tone of Beethoven's In Questa Tomba Oscura, WoO133, a setting of an Italian text by Carpani, is set by the piano's grave, steady accompaniment and the uncomplicated vocal lines. For most of the song, an atmosphere of meditation and resignation predominates; moments of dramatic bitterness and anger, however, create a sense of ambiguity.

    "In this dark tomb, let me repose. While I loved, ingrate, you should have thought of me." The vocal line moves upward on "Let my bare shadow enjoy its peace at least " and deepens with bitterness on the words, "And do not, do not bathe my ashes with futile poison!" Calmness settles in; after a repetition of the first two lines, the voice drops dramatically, twice repeating "Ingrate." The song ends with an ominous, rumbling chord.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2017 CAvi-music AVI 8553377
    2016 Accent ACC 24321
    2015 Accent ACC 24311
    2014 Decca B002178702
    2013 Brilliant Classics 94630
    2013 Deutsche Grammophon 002894791780
    2013 ATMA Classique ACD 23004
    2013 Opera D'Oro 6012
    2012 Capriccio Records C 5140
    2012 Anima Records ANM 51000001
    2012 Allegro Corporation BRV 9913
    2011 Brilliant Classics 94052
    2011 Membran 232763
    2011 Decca
    2011 Decca
    2011 Decca 4783317
    2010 Accent 10017
    2010 EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 5099945543
    2010 Sonoma SGC 20138
    2009 Arte Verum 6
    2009 MSR Classics 1296
    2009 Decca 4765879
    2008 Audite 95601
    2007 Brilliant Classics 93525
    2007 Cascade Records 2200
    2007 Brilliant Classics 93200
    2007 Signum UK SIGCD 139
    2007 Amado Classics 06000
    2007 Decca 1000902
    2007 Decca
    2007 Decca 4758386
    2007 Decca 4758377
    2007 Decca 4758177
    2006 Madacy 52541
    2006 Madacy Distribution / Flex Records / Madacy TC 252385
    2006 Decca
    2006 Nimbus 7931
    2005 Orfeo D'Or 339050
    2005 Preiser Records 93440
    2005 Stilnovo 809253
    2004 ATMA Classique 22326
    2004 Golden Classics / Madacy 3583
    2004 Nimbus 7912
    2004 Arbiter ARBITER142
    2003 Berlin Classics 0020842
    2002 Pearl 0159
    2001 Archiv Produktion 469074
    2001 Decca
    2001 Decca 468 530-2DM2
    2001 Decca / Universal Classics & Jazz 466 350-2DH
    2001 Decca 466350
    2001 Decca 467920
    2001 Decca 470000
    2001 Decca 470009
    2001 Gala Records 573
    2000 Deutsche Grammophon 463 507-2GFD
    2000 Marston 52029
    2000 Deutsche Grammophon 463500
    2000 Opera 54568
    1999 Madacy 516
    1999 Vocal Archives 1156
    1998 Marston 52013
    1998 Deuce Boxed Sets / St. Clair 9891
    1997 Deutsche Grammophon 453 804-2GCB6
    1997 Deutsche Grammophon 453 782-2GCB3
    1997 Pearl 9258
    1997 Classical Treasures / Madacy 2970
    1997 Deutsche Grammophon 453700
    1997 Pavarotti / St. Clair 26
    1997 St. Clair 98692
    1997 Excelsior Recordings 20582
    1996 Deutsche Grammophon 447 921-2GBM
    1996 Romophone 81022
    1996 Pearl 9208
    1995 Testament 1057
    1995 Preiser Records 93390
    1994 RCA 62652
    1994 Preiser Records 89207
    1994 Preiser Records 89205
    1994 Preiser Records 89074
    1993 Pearl 9482
    1993 Orfeo 140501
    1993 London/Decca / London 40297
    1992 Nimbus 7823
    1990 Meridian Records DUOCD89010
    1985 London 414454
    Deutsche Grammophon 415189
    Cascade Records 2268
    Discover 920276
    Duo Records (Meridian) 89010
    Brilliant 93525/77
    Grammofono 2000 78569
    Music Memoria 30365
    Amado Classics 06009
    Minerva Records 72
    RCA 7807
    Capriccio Records 10295
    Legato Classics 500
    Excelsior Recordings 4334
    Grammofono 2000 78848
    London/Decca / Decca 5390321
    Enterprise 02