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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: 3 minutes 11 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)

Am Seegestad', in lauen Vollmondsnächten
September 1823
author of text
Erinnerungen; 1792; verses 1, 2, 4, 7 only set by Mendelssohn

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Am Seegestad’ sets a poem by Friedrich von Matthisson (1761–1831), also set to music by Schubert. Matthisson’s poetry, first published in 1787 and reprinted many times thereafter, was praised by no less than Friedrich Schiller for its melancholy sweetness and tender descriptions of Nature. The sweetness is artificial, saccharine rather than real sugar, but composers from Beethoven to Schubert to Mendelssohn and many more were drawn to this poesia per musica. Mendelssohn set only verses 1, 2, 4 and 7 of Matthisson’s poem (dating from 1792) in September 1823; Schubert also set it as Erinnerungen (Matthisson’s title) nine years earlier in 1814, when he was only seventeen years old. The poem is utterly typical of Matthisson: in the midst of Nature by night, the persona thinks of his beloved and begs her to remember him. There is no desperation here, no seething passion, so our composer sets this strophic gem in an idyllic-pastoral F major tinted with delicate chromaticism; the Mozartian manner in which he extends cadential passages is particularly notable.

from notes by Susan Youens © 2009

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