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Begegnung, TrV98
First line:
Die Treppe hinunter gesprungen
1880; WoO72; rediscovered in 1958; first performed in 1959 by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Gerald Moore
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'Strauss: The Complete Songs, Vol. 6 – Elizabeth Watts' (CDA67844)
Strauss: The Complete Songs, Vol. 6 – Elizabeth Watts
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Begegnung, TrV98
The harmonic idiom of this song may hark back to Schumann, but its incisive rhythms and sparkling piano interjections clearly look ahead to the Strauss of All’ mein Gedanken, mein Herz und mein Sinn, Schlagende Herzen and even Schlechtes Wetter. In particular the character of mischievous confession is beautifully judged, lacing the harmony with deft chromatic touches—as at ‘wo die Trepp’ so dunkel ist’, for example—and landing the final punchline with perfect timing. It is nice to think that the song may have had its echo in real life, amid the chandeliers and panelled rooms of the spa in which Strauss and Lotti met.

from notes by Roger Vignoles 2012

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67844 track 7
Recording date
18 January 2012
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
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  1. Strauss: The Complete Songs, Vol. 6 Elizabeth Watts (CDA67844)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: November 2012
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