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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 8 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:
Was will die einsame Träne?
author of text
1827; Buch der Lieder; Mendelssohn sets only verses 1, 2 and 4

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Erinnerung is Mendelssohn’s name for an untitled and very popular poem from Heine’s Buch der Lieder: ‘Was will die einsame Träne?’ has attracted at least seventy-five composers, including Robert Schumann. Mendelssohn set only verses 1, 2 and 4 of the poem. After the initial stanza about the single tear that lingers in the sorrowful eye, a catalogue of disappearing acts follows: all the other tears in stanza 2, the beloved’s star-like blue eyes in stanza 3, and love itself in the final stanza, with Mendelssohn omitting the third verse.

from notes by Susan Youens © 2009

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