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Der Schildwache Nachtlied

First line:
Ich kann und mag nicht fröhlich sein
composer
28 January 1892; subsequently published as No 1 of Des Knaben Wunderhorn (also called Humoresken)
author of text
Des Knaben Wunderhorn

 
Haunting in its atmosphere is Der Schildwache Nachtlied. Here it is a soldier on sentry-go who has to resist the blandishments of an alluring female. With increasing vehemence (and even military bravado) he proclaims his devotion to duty, but the allure of her voice continues to ring in his (and our) ears through the extraordinary harmonies and textures in which Mahler clothes the final bars of the song.

from notes by Roger Vignoles © 2008

Eindringlicher ist die Atmosphäre in Der Schildwache Nachtlied. Hier steht ein Soldat Wache, der den Schmeicheleien einer verführerischen Frau widerstehen muss. Mit zunehmender Vehemenz (und sogar militärischem Bravado) verkündet er sein Pflichtbewusstsein, aber der Reiz ihrer Stimme klingt in seinen (und unseren Ohren) in den außerordentlichen Harmonien und Geweben nach, mit denen Mahler die Schlusstakte einkleidet.

aus dem Begleittext von Roger Vignoles © 2008
Deutsch: Renate Wendel

Recordings

Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn
CDA67645

Details

Track 6 on CDA67645 [5'55]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67645 track 6

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-08-64506
Duration
5'55
Recording date
18 February 2007
Recording venue
Tonstudio Teije van Geest, Sandhausen, Germany
Recording producer
Teije van Geest
Recording engineer
Teije van Geest
Hyperion usage
  1. Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn (CDA67645)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: January 2008
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