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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 51 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)

Ich denke dein, wenn durch den Hain
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Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Ich denke dein was by far Matthisson’s most popular poem, one that inspired a whole series of imitations, including Goethe’s ‘Nähe des Geliebten’. Matthisson’s original poem was also a ‘best seller’ with composers such as Carl Maria von Weber, Beethoven, Schubert and Hugo Wolf, among many others; Schubert set it as Andenken in April 1814. Each of the first three stanzas ends with the lover’s anxious, tender question, ‘Wann/Wie/Wo denkst du mein?’, and Mendelssohn spins out a quasi-improvisatory melisma in the piano in its wake, followed by silence as we, in company with the lover, wait for an answer. The alternation between minor and major harmonies at the plagal end—a wordless prayer for the desired answer—is economically eloquent.

from notes by Susan Youens © 2009

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