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Hyperion Records

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Woman at a window (1822) by Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840)
Track(s) taken from CDH55360
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

'Pleasant, delightful … an excellent record: enterprising programmes, fresh young artists, fine presentation, typical Hyperion' (Gramophone)

'[Fanny Mendelssohn's] reputation deserves the kind of boost this excellent disc offers. Both Eugene Asti and Susan Gritton get to the heart of these pieces' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Beautiful, direct, simple and memorable new song[s] … Asti provides the beautifully limpid, balanced accompaniment you imagine Fanny herself might have played' (International Record Review)

First line:
Ach, um deine feuchten Schwingen
4 December 1836
author of text

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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