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Nicht wiedersehen!

First line:
Und nun ade, mein herzallerliebster Schatz!
No 4 of Book III of Lieder und Gesänge 'aus der Jugendzeit'
author of text
Des Knaben Wunderhorn

A grief-stricken tread pervades Nicht Wiedersehen!, which describes the situation, common to many folksong traditions, where a lover returns from a journey to find his sweetheart has died in his absence. Here again the mature Mahler is foreshadowed, in the poignant major-minor shifts and melody in parallel thirds as well as the dissonant and agonized repetitions of ‘Ade!’.

from notes by Roger Vignoles © 2004

Ein tieftrauriger Grundton durchzieht Nicht Wiedersehen!, in dem die vielen Volksliedtraditionen gemeinsame Situation eines Liebenden beschrieben wird, der von einer Reise zurückkehrt, um zu erfahren, daß die Geliebte in seiner Abwesenheit gestorben ist. Auch hier wirft in den wehmütigen Dur-Moll-Wechseln, der von Terzparallelen begleiteten Melodie sowie den dissonanten und qualvollen Wiederholungen von „Ade!“ der reife Stil Mahlers seine Schatten voraus.

aus dem Begleittext von Roger Vignoles © 2004
Deutsch: Bettina Reinke-Welsh


Mahler: Songs
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Mahler: Songs of Youth


Track 6 on CDA67392 [3'34] Last few CD copies remaining
Track 10 on CDH55160 [4'30]

Track-specific metadata for CDH55160 track 10

Recording date
25 February 1983
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Mahler: Songs of Youth (CDA66100)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: January 1987
    Deletion date: May 2004
    Superseded by CDH55160
  2. Mahler: Songs of Youth (CDH55160)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: May 2004
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