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Fairies of the Meadow (1850) by Nils Blommer (1816-1853)
Copyright Nationalmuseum, Stockholm / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67670
Recording details: December 2007
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: July 2008
Total duration: 1 minutes 9 seconds

Sechs Lieder, Op 48
First line:
Leise zieht durch mein Gemüt
Nos 1-2: September 1884; Nos 3-6 August 1889

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The Sechs Lieder Op 48 date mainly from 1889 (the last four from August of that year), although it seems that the first two were composed in two days in September 1884. These six songs to German texts by different authors were his first settings of German poets since Grieg’s first sets of published songs, his Opp 2 and 4, which appeared in 1863–4. By 1889, the fractures in Edvard and Nina’s marriage had long been repaired, and if it is too fanciful to ascribe new-found happiness in the first song, Gruß, there is no doubting the genuine expressive character of it. In many respects these songs, varied in mood, are the closest Grieg came to the Romantic German lieder style. Lauf der Welt and (especially) Die verschwiegene Nachtigall are particularly well known, and in the latter Grieg resists the temptation to overdo the tiny nightingale call in the vocal line, echoed in the piano accompaniment. It is not only the German texts which tended to make this set particularly favoured by German singers—the composer’s mastery in the fifth song, Goethe’s Zur Rosenzeit, and the integration of accompaniment and vocal line in the sixth, Ein Traum, are no way inferior to Hugo Wolf’s contemporaneous Sechs Gedichte von Scheffel, Mörike, Goethe und Kerner.

from notes by Robert Matthew-Walker © 2008

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