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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: 2 minutes 31 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)

Durch Fichten am Hügel
composer
1823
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Mendelssohn’s setting of Durch Fichten am Hügel (Schubert set it as Lied der Liebe in 1814) exists only as an unfinished draft, with only the first verse of Matthisson’s six-stanza poem from 1792–3 notated; Eugene Asti has opted to repeat the subsequent verses he supplies (Nos 2, 4 and 6) by starting from the beginning each time with the brief, rippling introductory figure in the piano. Adelaïde-like (and that, of course, is another poem by Matthisson), the beloved’s image is imprinted everywhere in Nature, and the persona sings of her with grace-noted grace. Remnants of sealing wax on the autograph manuscript would seem to indicate that Mendelssohn himself abandoned all thought of returning to the song, but we are glad to have this charming miniature.

from notes by Susan Youens © 2009

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