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Andenken, WoO136

composer
?1805; published in 1810
author of text

 
Andenken, WoO136, is the setting of a 'bestseller' of a poem, Ich denke dein, by Friedrich von Matthisson (1761-1831), a popular purveyor of stylized melancholy in the late eighteenth and early 19th centuries. Schiller praised Matthisson’s ability to point out the inner connection between images of nature so that they become 'pictures of the soul', and here, the persona sees the beloved imprinted everywhere on the landscape. Matthisson published this poem, written by 1792, ten years later, that is, seven years after Goethe’s parody entitled Nähe des Geliebten, familiar to many from Schubert’s great setting. Beethoven might have composed this sweetly graceful song as early as 1805 for Josephine von Brunsvik, but did not publish it until 1810 (and again in 1816 and 1818). The way in which the vocal line falls to a lingering half cadence at the end of each verse creates tension across the pattern of strophic repetitions; that the song’s most emphatic peak is the revelation of a 'distant beloved' seems only to be expected from this composer. Tellingly, there is no piano postlude, only the echo of the final ardent words, 'nur dein' (only of you) in the silence beyond the song’s end.

from notes by Susan Youens © 2009

Recordings

Beethoven: Lieder und Gesänge
Studio Master: SIGCD145Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 3 on SIGCD145 [3'02] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD145 track 3

Artists
ISRC
GB-LLH-09-14503
Duration
3'02
Recording date
3 May 2008
Recording venue
St Paul's Church, Deptford, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
John H West
Recording engineer
Andrew Mellor
Hyperion usage
  1. Beethoven: Lieder und Gesänge (SIGCD145)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: January 2009
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