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Track(s) taken from CDH55389

An ***

First line:
O wag es nicht, mit mir zu scherzen
April to May 1877
author of text

Stephan Genz (baritone), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Recording details: February 2002
Tonstudio Teije van Geest, Sandhausen, Germany
Produced by Teije van Geest
Engineered by Teije van Geest
Release date: November 2002
Total duration: 2 minutes 50 seconds

Cover artwork: Watching the Geese by Paul Wilhelm Keller-Reutlingen (1854-1920)
Sotheby’s Picture Library

Abendbilder was composed during the two months before Wolf’s seventeenth birthday in March 1877. During the next two months he tackled An ***, an outspoken and pain-filled love poem. Here we find Wolf experimenting with a more direct emotional utterance. Both the pianistic gestures and the vocal lines suggest less a German Lied than a Tchaikovsky romance.

from notes by Roger Vignoles © 2002

Abendbilder entstand in den zwei Monaten vor Wolfs 17. Geburtstag im März 1877. Während der nächsten zwei Monate arbeitete er an An ***, einem freimütigen, trauervollen Liebesgedicht. Hier experimentiert Wolf mit einem direkteren emotionalen Ausdruck. Sowohl die pianistischen Gesten als auch die Vokallinien suggerieren eher eine romance à la Tschaikowsky, als ein deutsches Lied.

aus dem Begleittext von Roger Vignoles © 2002
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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