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Sechs Schottische National-Lieder
No 1: written for Mary Shaw in November 1838; Nos 2-6: December 1838; published by Freidrich Kistner, with no mention of Mendelssohn's involvement, in February 1839

'Mendelssohn: Songs and Duets, Vol. 5' (CDA67753)
Mendelssohn: Songs and Duets, Vol. 5
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No 1: O dinna ask me
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No 2: Mary's Dream  The moon had climb’d the highest hill
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No 3: We've a bonnie wee flower
No 4: Saw ye Johnnie comin'
No 5: The Flowers of the Forest  I’ve seen the smiling of fortune beguiling
No 6: The yellow-hair'd laddie  In April when primroses paint the sweet plain

Sechs Schottische National-Lieder
By Mendelssohn’s day, there was a venerable tradition of great composers arranging folk songs: Haydn did it, and so did Beethoven. Only days before his nephew Felix Dirichlet’s death of complications from measles on 17 November 1838, Mendelssohn provided the contralto Mary Shaw (1814–1876) with his arrangement of a familiar Scottish folksong, ‘O dinna ask me’ (it begins, appropriately enough, with a ‘Scotch snap’ rhythmic pattern). The audience loved it, and the publisher Friedrich Kistner then asked Mendelssohn for still more Scottish songs. Despite the family’s grief, Mendelssohn obliged in December with five more, the group of six songs published in February 1839 as Sechs schottische National-Lieder with no mention of Mendelssohn’s hand in the matter.

from notes by Susan Youens © 2010

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Details for CDA67753 disc 1 track 10
O dinna ask me
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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    Release date: July 2010
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