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Lieder ohne Worte II, Op 30
composer
1830/5; published in 1835; dedicated to Elise von Woringen

Recordings
'Mendelssohn: Songs without words' (CDD22020)
Mendelssohn: Songs without words
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'Mendelssohn: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 2' (CDA68059)
Mendelssohn: The Complete Solo Piano Music, Vol. 2
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'Hyperion monthly sampler – July 2014' (HYP201407)
Hyperion monthly sampler – July 2014
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Details
No 1 in E flat major: Andante espressivo
Track 11 on CDA68059 [4'21]
Track 7 on CDD22020 CD1 [4'26] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Track 4 on HYP201407 [4'21] Download-only monthly sampler
No 2 in B flat minor: Allegro di molto
Track 12 on CDA68059 [2'10]
Track 8 on CDD22020 CD1 [2'18] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 3 in E major: Adagio non troppo
Track 13 on CDA68059 [2'23]
Track 9 on CDD22020 CD1 [2'16] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 4 in B minor: Agitato e con fuoco
Track 14 on CDA68059 [2'44]
Track 10 on CDD22020 CD1 [2'52] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 5 in D major: Andante grazioso
Track 15 on CDA68059 [2'21]
Track 11 on CDD22020 CD1 [1'50] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 6 in F sharp minor 'Venetianisches Gondellied': Allegretto tranquillo
Track 16 on CDA68059 [2'59]
Track 12 on CDD22020 CD1 [3'40] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)

Lieder ohne Worte II, Op 30
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Mendelssohn’s second volume of Lieder ohne Worte, Op 30, was released in 1835, though its contents were sifted from pieces composed separately between 1830 and 1835, and then gradually selected and ordered into the opus in a distinctive arrangement of keys, alternating between major and minor, and progressing from two flat keys to four sharp keys (E flat major–B flat minor–E major–B minor–D major–F sharp minor). As was the case with his first set, Op 19b, the composer chose examples of the solo Lied (No 1), duet (No 6), and part-song (No 3), with pianistic character pieces (Nos 2, 4 and 5). Op 30 was the first volume of Lieder ohne Worte to bear a dedication, to Elise von Woringen, a daughter of the Düsseldorf appellate judge and supporter of the composer. The dedication helped initiate the tradition of associating Mendelssohn’s Lieder ohne Worte with feminine qualities. Indeed, two pieces were originally written for other women. No 2, beginning in a pulsating B flat minor but turning to a joyous B flat major, celebrated the birth in 1830 of Sebastian Hensel, son of Mendelssohn’s sister Fanny, while No 6 was a gift for Henriette Voigt, a Leipzig pianist and salonnière, of whom Robert Schumann wrote that she never played a composition badly, nor ever uttered anything schlecht. The second of the 'Venetian Gondellieder', No 6 is an impressionistic miniature that features a haunting soprano cantilena subsequently doubled at the third, in effect transforming this solo Lied into a duet.

from notes by R Larry Todd © 2014

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Details for CDD22020 disc 1 track 9
No 3 in E major: Adagio non troppo
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-86-22109
Duration
2'16
Recording date
20 April 1986
Recording venue
Seldon Hall, Haberdashers' Aske's School, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Mendelssohn: Songs without words (CDA66221/2)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: October 1987
    Deletion date: March 1997
    2CDs Superseded by CDD22020
  2. Mendelssohn: Songs without words (CDD22020)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: March 1997
    2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
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