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Amalfi (1836 watercolour after a pencil drawing done in situ 1831) by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
The Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS. M. Deneke Mendelssohn c. 21, fol. 123r
Track(s) taken from CDA67753
Recording details: November 2008
Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: July 2010
Total duration: 2 minutes 5 seconds

'Eugene Asti plays with a refreshingly light touch and a lively sense of rhythm' (Gramophone)

‘Hyperion’s series of Mendelssohn’s neglected vocal pieces continues to spread enchantment, thanks in part to young British talent. Katherine Broderick and Hannah Morrison, wonderfully clear and expressive sopranos, top the line-up gathered by Eugene Asti … genius is frequent and Mendelssohn’s charm almost constant’ (The Independent)

Das Waldschloss
First line:
Wo noch kein Wand'rer gegangen
composer
1835
author of text
Der Kühne

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Margaret Price (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Das Waldschloss is a setting of Der Kühne (‘The Bold Man’), an eerie exercise in Romantic folklore with under- and overtones of Eichendorff’s characteristic religious meanings (he was a dogmatic Roman Catholic). A bold hunter goes above and beyond the limits explored by others in his pursuit of Nature and sensuality; in his sinfulness, he vanishes from all knowledge into the depths of the forest (that age-old symbol of the subconscious) once he declares his allegiance to love. For this quasi-medievalizing poem, Mendelssohn uses the ‘alt-Deutsch’ musical style, full of horn-calls and dotted rhythms, associated with tales of knights and castles in nineteenth-century song.

from notes by Susan Youens © 2010


Other albums featuring this work
'Mendelssohn: On wings of song' (CDH55150)
Mendelssohn: On wings of song
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