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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA66906
Recording details: February 1997
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Oliver Rivers
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: February 1998
Total duration: 1 minutes 50 seconds

'An exceptionally engaging disc' (Classic CD)

'The most attractive programming of the Mendelssohn duets yet devised' (Fanfare, USA)

First line:
Wenn die Sonne lieblich scheine
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
One of two Eichendorff settings published in 1835 (the other being Das Waldschloss), this memorable little song plays on the mild tension set up by placing an apparently carefree staccato piano accompaniment in the unexpected context of the minor mode. This becomes particularly apparent when Mendelssohn recalls the opening two lines at the end, celebrating the glorious sunshine in the decidedly un-radiant key of A minor.

from notes by Julian Haylock © 1998

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