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Track(s) taken from CDJ33024
Recording details: September 1994
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: October 1995
Total duration: 0 minutes 25 seconds

'The whole record is priceless … renewed praise … an engrossing and invaluable addition to this series' (Gramophone)

'La interpretación sigue la línea de excellencia de toda la colección, realizada en torno al magnifico musico que es el pianista Graham Johnson' (Scherzo, Spain)

So lasst mich scheinen 'Mignon, 1. Weise', D469 I
composer
Fragment of the first setting. September 1816; first published in 1897 in the Revisions-Bericht of the Gesamtausgabe
author of text

Introduction
There are a number of Schubert songs which exist only in fragments – sometimes because the composer never finished the settings, sometimes because manuscripts have been destroyed or lost. Although it has been our practice to offer our listeners these fragments completed by a twentieth-century hand (usually that of the admirable Reinhard Van Hoorickx), there are some scraps of Schubertiana which are so slight that they defy effective completion. The two fragments here are settings of a poem where Mignon, not long for this life, is dressed up like an angel; they have a fragility and a mystery just as they are which seems totally appropriate to her character. The complete poem has four stanzas of which only the first two are printed above.

The Deutsch catalogue treats these two fragments as part of the same song and accords them a shared Deutsch number while also conceding the possibility that the first fragment (in A flat) was part of a song which was never completed, and that the second (in G major according to the key signature, although the fragment begins in C flat major) was part of the second verse of a much more sophisticated setting which has been lost. Both fragments together last less than a minute, yet the composer has found a musical key to the enigma of Mignon, her appearance reflected in the translucence of the music.

from notes by Graham Johnson 1995

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