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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 35 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)

First line:
Mitleidsworte, Trostesgründe
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Glosse is a testament to the merger of music and friendship. The text is by Friedricke Robert, née Brun (1795–1832), a spirited and very beautiful young Jewish woman (Heine hymned her as ‘Venus de Milo’s cousin’ and dedicated ‘Auf Flügeln des Gesanges’ to her) who married Ludwig Robert, brother to Rahel Varnhagen von Ense, in 1822. Mendelssohn composed this song shortly after his trip to Paris in 1825, and it is, by his own designation, a ‘theme-and-variations set’ in song. The poetic theme is ‘pity as torment’, the way in which ‘comforting’ words pierce the heart; one notes in particular the frank admission at the end that any assurance of her former sweetheart’s happiness in love with someone else will only increase her pain.

from notes by Susan Youens © 2009

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