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Track(s) taken from CDH55360

Die Schiffende

First line:
Sie wankt dahin, die Abendwinde spielen
composer
author of text

Susan Gritton (soprano), Eugene Asti (piano)
Recording details: March 1999
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Oliver Rivers
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: January 2000
Total duration: 2 minutes 57 seconds

Cover artwork: Woman at a window (1822) by Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840)
 
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This intensely sensual song captures the intoxication of the poet gazing out at the beautiful vision rocking gently on a secluded, moonlit lake. The word-painting is of Schubertian simplicity as the soft, rippling waves in the accompaniment subtly transform into the fluttering heart of the excited lover (the diminished sevenths at ‘Und ihres Busens Flor’). The composer’s use of long-held notes, the ecstatic high G natural on ‘der helle Vollmond zittert’ and swiftly changing harmonies at ‘Aus jeder Well’ hervor’ seem to illustrate the heightening intensity of the poet’s desire.

from notes by Eugene Asti and Susan Gritton 2000

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