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First line:
Ihr fernen Heimathöhen
18 October 1844
author of text

Traum freely combines two of Eichendorff’s poems which appear under the heading Erinnerung (‘Remembrance’). The opening vocal phrase so distinctly recalls Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte (‘To the distant beloved’) that it is hard not to imagine that this is a conscious quote. Similarly, the opening phrase of the second section contains harmonic echoes of Felix’s 1837 setting of Suleika, another poem about separation. The classical purity of the entire song, unusual for this period in her writing, may also be a deliberate nostalgic return to an earlier style. Perhaps all these references served to sublimate Fanny’s feelings of separation from Felix and his family.

from notes by Eugene Asti and Susan Gritton © 2000


Mendelssohn (Fanny): Lieder


Track 22 on CDH55360 [3'05]

Track-specific metadata for CDH55360 track 22

Recording date
17 March 1999
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Oliver Rivers
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Mendelssohn (Fanny): Lieder (CDA67110)
    Disc 1 Track 22
    Release date: January 2000
    Deletion date: July 2008
    Superseded by CDH55360
  2. Mendelssohn (Fanny): Lieder (CDH55360)
    Disc 1 Track 22
    Release date: April 2013
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