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Vergiftet sind meine Lieder, S289 Third version
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Vergiftet sind meine Lieder is one of Liszt’s greatest songs. Liszt was perhaps the first composer to discover the fifty-first poem in Heine’s Lyrisches Intermezzo for song; other nineteenth-century musicians steered clear of the Vesuvian compound of accusation, vulnerability, helplessness, lamentation, even fear, in these words. In one reading, Heine’s poem tells of his lifelong dilemma as a post-Romantic poet caught between the Ideal and the Real: the ‘Geliebte’ could be both the Romantic muse, or the Ideal, who has poisoned his art of real life, and the Real who poisons the Ideal. Liszt may have seen in this poem a reflection of his disintegrating relationship with Marie d’Agoult, which ended the same year of 1844 in which he first composed this song. His music is organized by repetitions of the initial theme both with and without words, a mini-rondo of obsessive grief. When he designates ‘du’, ‘you’, as the beloved, housed in his heart along with Medusa-like serpents, we hear one of the most shattering dissonances in all nineteenth-century music.

from notes by Susan Youens © 2012

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Details for CDA67934 track 4
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-12-93404
Duration
1'16
Recording date
13 October 2011
Recording venue
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Simon Kiln
Recording engineer
Arne Akselberg
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