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Lied aus Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre 'Kennst du das Land?'
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Track 5 on CDJ33051/3 CD2 [3'18] 3CDs
Track 5 on CDS44201/40 CD39 [3'18] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Lied aus Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre 'Kennst du das Land?'
This is an attractive setting, in a spacious C major, of a poem that Beethoven had already set very differently and published in 1810. As commanding as that version is, Krufft obviously preferred a more feminine accompaniment of flowing triplets for his Mignon, in contrast to the granite-like qualities of Beethoven’s crotchets and quavers doubling the voice. And instead of the sectional feel of the Beethoven and Schubert settings (where the cries of ‘Dahin!’ initiate a new musical section and change of tempo) Krufft attempts to integrate the whole strophe into a single musical whole.

comparative Schubert listening:
Mignons Gesang „Kennst du das Land?“ D321. 23 October 1815

from notes by Graham Johnson 2006

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