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Die Schiffende

First line:
Sie wankt dahin, die Abendwinde spielen
composer
author of text

 
This intensely sensual song captures the intoxication of the poet gazing out at the beautiful vision rocking gently on a secluded, moonlit lake. The word-painting is of Schubertian simplicity as the soft, rippling waves in the accompaniment subtly transform into the fluttering heart of the excited lover (the diminished sevenths at ‘Und ihres Busens Flor’). The composer’s use of long-held notes, the ecstatic high G natural on ‘der helle Vollmond zittert’ and swiftly changing harmonies at ‘Aus jeder Well’ hervor’ seem to illustrate the heightening intensity of the poet’s desire.

from notes by Eugene Asti and Susan Gritton © 2000

Recordings

Mendelssohn: Lieder
CDH55360Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Details

Track 9 on CDH55360 [2'57] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Track-specific metadata for CDA67110 track 9

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-00-11009
Duration
2'57
Recording date
17 March 1999
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Oliver Rivers
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Mendelssohn: Lieder (CDA67110)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: January 2000
    Deletion date: July 2008
    Superseded by CDH55360
  2. Mendelssohn: Lieder (CDH55360)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: April 2013
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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