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First line:
Friedlicher Abend senkt sich aufs Gefilde
January to February 1877
author of text

'Wolf: Lieder nach Heine und Lenau' (CDH55389)
Wolf: Lieder nach Heine und Lenau
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Track 25 on CDH55389 [9'17] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Abendbilder is a distinct curiosity, in which Wolf strings together three separate odes of Lenau as a continuous narrative, evoking the atmosphere of a Classical landscape. If it has a precedent, it is in some of the longer and more episodic songs of Schubert, or in the more illustrative sections of Haydn’s Creation and The Seasons. For Wolf, the music may seem unexpectedly ingenuous, but this is in keeping with the pietistic mood of the text. Simple in harmony, with most of the interest centred on the piano part, it conjures up in turn a dramatic moonrise, a sequence of rather comically chromatic sheepbells, the eventual setting of the sun, and—particularly charmingly—the peaceful grazing of cattle (at ‘Schon verstummt die Matte’). All of this is clearly orchestral in inspiration: there is even a suggestion of Wagnerian high strings à la Lohengrin just before the herdsman’s prayer brings the somewhat rambling structure to a satisfying close by reprising the music of the opening section.

Abendbilder was composed during the two months before Wolf’s seventeenth birthday in March 1877.

from notes by Roger Vignoles © 2002

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDH55389 track 25
Recording date
22 February 2002
Recording venue
Tonstudio Teije van Geest, Sandhausen, Germany
Recording producer
Teije van Geest
Recording engineer
Teije van Geest
Hyperion usage
  1. Wolf: Lieder nach Heine und Lenau (CDA67343)
    Disc 1 Track 25
    Release date: November 2002
    Deletion date: May 2009
    Superseded by CDH55389
  2. Wolf: Lieder nach Heine und Lenau (CDH55389)
    Disc 1 Track 25
    Release date: July 2012
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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