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Lied, Op 19
1884; for solo viola (or cello) and small orchesta; dedicated to the cellist Adolphe Fischer

'Indy: Wallenstein & other orchestral works' (CDA67690)
Indy: Wallenstein & other orchestral works
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Track 6 on CDA67690 [7'10]

Lied, Op 19
Dedicated to the cellist Adolphe Fischer, the early Lied for solo cello and small orchestra, like the Choral varié, exists in an alternative version for solo viola. There are two main themes, the first in B flat major, marked Andantino non troppo, lyrically expansive and characterized by a tritone interval; the second in G minor, plus animé, is, by contrast, simple and folk-like. In the course of their subsequent developments, the first theme emerges very gently on the viola to a background of rustling strings, reminiscent of Siegfried’s ‘forest murmurs’. But it is the rustic second theme that receives the most imaginative treatment—played on high strings in double octaves with woodwind chirrupings in an astonishing texture which anticipates Ravel, and later, in viola harmonics accompanied by two flutes in the remote key of E minor. In the final B flat major coda, a brief series of solo harmonics rises towards the ether.

from notes by Andrew Thomson © 2009

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67690 track 6
Recording date
23 February 2008
Recording venue
Brangwyn Hall, Guildhall, Swansea, Wales
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
Hyperion usage
  1. Indy: Wallenstein & other orchestral works (CDA67690)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: February 2009
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