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Ich denke dein, wenn durch den Hain
Ich denke dein was by far Matthisson’s most popular poem, one that inspired a whole series of imitations, including Goethe’s ‘Nähe des Geliebten’. Matthisson’s original poem was also a ‘best seller’ with composers such as Carl Maria von Weber, Beethoven, Schubert and Hugo Wolf, among many others; Schubert set it as Andenken in April 1814. Each of the first three stanzas ends with the lover’s anxious, tender question, ‘Wann/Wie/Wo denkst du mein?’, and Mendelssohn spins out a quasi-improvisatory melisma in the piano in its wake, followed by silence as we, in company with the lover, wait for an answer. The alternation between minor and major harmonies at the plagal end—a wordless prayer for the desired answer—is economically eloquent.

from notes by Susan Youens © 2009

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67739 track 12
Recording date
12 November 2008
Recording venue
Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
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  1. Mendelssohn: Songs and Duets, Vol. 4 (CDA67739)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: August 2009
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