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Sechs Gesänge, Op 107

First line:
Die Weiden lassen matt die Zweige hangen
composer
21-23 January 1851

 
The Op 107 songs are a product of the Schumann’s move to Düsseldorf where the composer was appointed municipal director of music. At first things went well there, and this collection reflects a period when the composer hoped—in vain as it turned out—that his health had returned.

The Op 107 songs are united by a mood of wistful other-worldliness. The theme is unreciprocated love, whether it is poor suicidal Ophelia in love with Hamlet, the gardener in love with a princess, a girl spinning a trousseau in vain and so on. This is not tragic music, rather does it contain the delicate half-lights of fairytale and fantasy.The characters, some of them folk-tale archetypes, all seem to come from old German picture-books The music seems fragile and much responsibility lies in the hands of the performers who need to have a light touch to find the correct transparency of texture. As a whole the cycle has many exquisite moments and cries out not to be measured by the standards of the 1840 songs. Aribert Reimann has made an arrangement of this set for string quartet and voice; for this he transposes the music into higher keys.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1996

Recordings

Schumann: The Complete Songs
CDS44441/5010CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Schumann: The Complete Songs, Vol. 1 – Christine Schäfer
CDJ33101Archive Service
My Garden
CDA66937Archive Service
Shakespeare's Kingdom
CDA66136Archive Service

Details

No 1: Herzeleid  Die Weiden lassen matt die Zweige hangen
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Track 2 on CDA66136 [1'50] Archive Service
Track 3 on CDA66937 [2'02] Archive Service
Track 8 on CDJ33101 [1'47] Archive Service
Track 2 on CDS44441/50 CD10 [1'47] 10CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
No 2: Die Fensterscheibe  Die Fenster klär' ich zum Feiertag
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Track 9 on CDJ33101 [1'56] Archive Service
Track 3 on CDS44441/50 CD10 [1'56] 10CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
No 3: Der Gärtner  Auf ihrem Leibrösslein
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Track 10 on CDJ33101 [1'21] Archive Service
Track 4 on CDS44441/50 CD10 [1'21] 10CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
No 4: Die Spinnerin  Auf dem Dorf in den Spinnstuben
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Track 11 on CDJ33101 [1'18] Archive Service
Track 27 on CDS44441/50 CD10 [1'18] 10CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
No 5: Im Wald  Ich zieh' so allein in den Wald hinein!
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Track 12 on CDJ33101 [1'55] Archive Service
Track 23 on CDS44441/50 CD10 [1'55] 10CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
No 6: Abendlied  Es ist so still geworden
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Track 13 on CDJ33101 [2'14] Archive Service
Track 5 on CDS44441/50 CD10 [2'14] 10CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

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