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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 5 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)

Gruss
First line:
O könnt' ich zu dir fliegen
composer
May 1840; for the album of Chérie Couraud
author of text
part 2 of Am 30. September 1813

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The poet of Gruss, Maximilian von Schenkendorf (or, to give him his full name, Gottlob Ferdinand Maximilian Gottfried von Schenkendorf, 1783– 1817), was best known for his patriotic poetry from the War of Liberation. The poem in two parts (Mendelssohn took the second for his song), was entitled ‘Am 30. September 1813’, and German readers would have known that this was only two weeks before the decisive Battle of the Nations in October 1813 and would have sympathized with the warrior who wishes that he could be with his beloved. Mendelssohn wrote this song in May 1840 for the album of Chérie Couraud, the future wife of Adolphe Adam, whom the Mendelssohns had just met.

from notes by Susan Youens © 2009

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