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This is the musical turning point of the song; but he himself does not turn around to greet her for by now he is more hooked on fantasy than reality. The recapitulation has an otherworldly quality, for this is the music of someone transfixed. Throughout this section the piano's right hand, supported by triplets deep in the bass, sings a counter melody as if a Lorelei were luring the fisherman to the depths. Although he manages to remain bodily on dry land the postlude follows his dreams into a world of underwater calm, her reflection lying beguilingly beneath the surface. Only the haunting final bars of Der Müller und der Bach in Die schöne Mullerin can compare with this music in evoking the dangerous power of water to drown sorrows and care in oblivion.
from notes by Graham Johnson © 1988
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