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Track(s) taken from CDH55360

Suleika

First line:
Ach, um deine feuchten Schwingen
composer
4 December 1836
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: 3 minutes 6 seconds

Cover artwork: Woman at a window (1822) by Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840)
 
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This song was Fanny’s second setting of the poem and probably written before Felix’s version. The famous poem is much more well known in the setting by Schubert and it is interesting that Fanny chose the same key of B flat major for her version. The accompaniment evokes the soft arpeggiation of a lute as Suleika begs the West Wind to carry her message of love.

from notes by Eugene Asti and Susan Gritton 2000

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