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Lieder ohne Worte III, Op 38
composer
published in 1837; dedicated to Rosa 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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'Myra Hess – The complete solo and concerto studio recordings' (APR7504)
Myra Hess – The complete solo and concerto studio recordings
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'Mendelssohn: Valerie Tryon plays Mendelssohn' (APR5595)
Mendelssohn: Valerie Tryon plays Mendelssohn
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Details
No 1 in E flat major: Con moto
Track 17 on CDA68059 [2'28]
Track 13 on CDD22020 CD1 [3'03] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 2 in C minor: Allegro non troppo
Track 18 on CDA68059 [2'38]
Track 14 on CDD22020 CD1 [2'15] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 3 in E major: Presto e molto vivace
Track 19 on CDA68059 [1'56]
Track 15 on CDD22020 CD1 [2'45] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 4 in A major: Andante
Track 20 on CDA68059 [2'25]
Track 16 on CDD22020 CD1 [2'11] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 5 in A minor: Agitato
Track 21 on CDA68059 [2'14]
Track 17 on CDD22020 CD1 [2'45] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
No 6 in A flat major 'Duetto': Andante
Track 22 on CDA68059 [3'08]
Track 18 on CDD22020 CD1 [3'08] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Track 12 on APR5595 [2'36] Download only
Track 15 on APR7504 CD1 [2'43] Download only

Lieder ohne Worte III, Op 38
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Published in 1837, the third volume of Lieder ohne Worte, Op 38, was among the first works of Mendelssohn to appear after his wedding to Cécile Jeanrenaud, daughter of a French Huguenot minister whose family had settled in Frankfurt. Like Op 30, Op 38 was dedicated to a woman, Rosa von Woringen (sister of Elise). But as in Op 30, several pieces were written for other women, including the pensive No 2, for the soprano Henriette Grabau, and the brilliantly arpeggiated No 3, for the eighteen-year-old Clara Wieck. In a special category by itself was No 6. Titled Duetto, it bore Mendelssohn’s specific instruction to highlight the two melodic voices throughout. Alternating in the soprano and tenor and then joining together, the two voices represented the composer and his fiancée, as he at once penned an intimate love song, but also drew on a tradition extending back to Weber’s Aufforderung zum Tanz (‘Invitation to the Dance’) and Mozart’s duet ‘Là ci darem la mano’ from Don Giovanni. Of the other Lieder, No 4, framed by a short, improvisatory prelude and postlude, is in a homophonic style resembling a part-song. The more extended No 5, in a compound metre and propelled by agitated syncopations, perhaps suggests a ballad reminiscent of Schubert’s Erlkönig, performed by Mendelssohn with Henriette Grabau in Leipzig in March 1837, only a month before he composed the piano piece.

from notes by R Larry Todd © 2014

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Details for CDD22020 disc 1 track 18
No 6 in A flat major, 'Duetto': Andante
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-86-22118
Duration
3'08
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 18
    Release date: October 1987
    Deletion date: March 1997
    2CDs Superseded by CDD22020
  2. Mendelssohn: Songs without words (CDD22020)
    Disc 1 Track 18
    Release date: March 1997
    2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
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