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Das Mühlrad

First line:
In jenem Thal dort unten
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Das zerbrochene Ringlein

Conradin (Konradin) Kreutzer (1780-1849) was Kapellmeister first at Stuttgart and Donaueschingen (where he was succeeded by Kalliwoda), subsequently director from time to time of the Kärntnerthor and Josefstadt theatres in Vienna, and in Paris, Cologne and Mainz. Of his circa 40 operas Das Nachtlager in Granada (1834) had lasting renown; the others embrace the gamut of Romantic themes such as the Tyrolean Die Alpenhütte (1815) and the water-spirit Melusine (1833). On listening to the effective clarinet part here, it will come as no surprise that Kreutzer was a noted clarinettist; he composed much for his instrument. In Stuttgart he formed a lasting friendship with Ludwig Uhland whose verses he often set. Das Mühlrad (perhaps an apposite subject as Kreutzer’s father was a Swabian miller!) has been attributed to Uhland, but is adapted from a poem by Eichendorff usually known as Das zerbrochene Ringlein. The images of an endlessly turning millwheel (broken chord piano figures), a lover’s ring forever broken, the poet’s wish to escape life and so silence both the wheel and his grief forever are starkly but simply conveyed with subtle touches that would not disgrace the composer of Die schöne Müllerin.

from notes by Derek Watson © 2011


The Captive Nightingale
Studio Master: SIGCD398Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 2 on SIGCD398 [5'06] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD398 track 2

Recording date
13 December 2010
Recording venue
Trackdown Studios, Sydney, Australia
Recording producer
Bob Scott
Recording engineer
Bob Scott
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  1. The Captive Nightingale (SIGCD398)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: January 2016
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