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Der klyne groenmarkt, Haag (1836) by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
The Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS. M. Deneke Mendelssohn d. 11, fol. 5
Track(s) taken from CDA67739
Recording details: November 2008
Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: August 2009
Total duration: 1 minutes 45 seconds

'Stephan Loges satisfies most consistently with his understanding, beauty of tone and care for legato. Asti is the admirable pianist throughout and in two of the items is responsible for the completion of songs left unfinished' (Gramophone)

'What a concentration of talent in one place! … the enterprise is crowned by a barnstorming account from Katherine Broderick of 'Hexenlied'' (International Record Review)

'Loges—and Asti's committed piano-playing … provide consistent pleasure' (The Sunday Times)

Seltsam, Mutter, geht es mir
composer
1825 or earlier; from the manuscript presented to Agnes Rauch
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Seltsam, Mutter, geht es mir—a song in the Rauch manuscript—is a setting of an arch ‘genre scene’ by Johann Ludwig Casper (1796–1864) that first appeared as ‘Die Bäuerin’ in Johann Amadeus Wendt’s Taschenbuch zum geselligen Vergnügen auf das Jahr 1819—Neun und Zwanzigster Jahrgang. A young country girl confides, albeit with telling gaps that we fill in by means of insinuation, to her mother that she feels ‘strange sensations’ six months after the fair. Has her mother ever felt anything like this, she wonders? Mendelssohn begins with the clearest, limpid motion in C major—music for country matters—but touches lightly on other harmonies in the course of the maiden’s pseudo-naïve wonderment.

from notes by Susan Youens © 2009

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