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Mignons Lied 'Kennst du das Land?', Op 37 No 1
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'Schubert: The Complete Songs' (CDS44201/40)
Schubert: The Complete Songs
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'Songs by Schubert's contemporaries' (CDJ33051/3)
Songs by Schubert's contemporaries
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Track 24 on CDJ33051/3 CD2 [2'52] 3CDs
Track 24 on CDS44201/40 CD39 [2'52] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)

Mignons Lied 'Kennst du das Land?', Op 37 No 1
This composer, one of Schubert’s more famous contemporaries, had an early Viennese dimension to his multi-faceted career; when Schubert was still a teenager, Spohr was Music Director of the Theater an der Wien (1813–1815), during which time he was in contact with Beethoven who was an enduring inspiration. Because Spohr’s name remained well known in Vienna after his departure, Schubert was accustomed to hearing his fellow composer’s music in various concerts (sometimes his work shared the billing with Spohr’s) and he might well have met the older composer on one of his later visits to Vienna. We know that the subject of Schubert’s operatic hopes came up between Kreutzer and Spohr in correspondence in 1822, and we know that long after Schubert’s death Spohr conducted a performance of the ‘Great’ C major symphony.

Mignons Lied „Kennst du das Land?“ is the first of Sechs Deutsche Lieder, Op 37, composed in 1815. Goethe, in one of his more censorious moods, criticized this setting as being a ‘complete misunderstanding’ because it was not strophic. In fact, this is a cleverly modified strophic song that attempts to give the impression of being strophic without actually being so—a sleight of hand well known to Schubert. The most unusual thing about this setting, and also the most inventive, is the constantly changing metre as 3/2 shifts to 3/4 and then to 2/4—an attempt to render Mignon’s lines in natural speech rhythms.

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

from notes by Graham Johnson 2006

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Details for CDS44201/40 disc 39 track 24
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ISRC
GB-AJY-06-05224
Duration
2'52
Recording date
12 March 2004
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Songs by Schubert's contemporaries (CDJ33051/3)
    Disc 2 Track 24
    Release date: March 2006
    3CDs
  2. Schubert: The Complete Songs (CDS44201/40)
    Disc 39 Track 24
    Release date: October 2005
    40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
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