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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: 4 minutes 55 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)

Der Wasserfall
First line:
Rieselt hernieder, schäumende Fluten!
1824/5; from the manuscript presented to Agnes Rauch
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Der Wasserfall is a setting of a poem by Mendelssohn’s good friend Karl Klingemann (1798– 1862), who provided poetry for such Mendelssohn gems as Frühlingslied Op 34 No 3, Bei der Wiege Op 47 No 6, Frühlingslied Op 71 No 2, and Herbstlied Op 84 No 2, among others. This song of the waterfall is one of the most harmonically complex and experimental works from the newly revealed songs; its muffled dissonances are marvellously analogous to the roar of falling waters. One of the two manuscript sources includes a ten-bar piano introduction in which broken-chordal waters stream downward from the treble to the bass register; the lovely prelude is included in this performance. Thereafter, the ever-changing face of the pianistic waters—complete with tremolos, rocking octaves, and chordal patterns—foreshadows what Liszt, Debussy, and Ravel would do with water music much later.

from notes by Susan Youens © 2009

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