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Mendelssohn: Songs And Duets Vol 1 / Daneman, Berg, Asti


Release Date: 03/10/1998 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 66906   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Felix MendelssohnFanny Mendelssohn-Hensel
Performer:  Sophie DanemanNathan BergEugene Asti
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Mendelssohn is probably better remembered for his Songs without Words than for his numerous songs with words. The earliest work on this enchanting disc was written in 1829, the year after Schubert’s death; yet Mendelssohn’s eminently singable Lieder are not nearly as sophisticated. Compared with his contemporaries (Schumann, Liszt) or later Lieder composers (Brahms, Wolf, Mahler), Mendelssohn’s simple gifts can seem too insubstantial by half. And yet, as these performances by two fresh-voiced young singers make clear, there is plenty to enjoy, not least in the gorgeous series of six duets published as Op. 63. The texts Mendelssohn chose are frequently mediocre, and many of the songs here are expressions of generalised emotions (four are Read more called ‘Spring Song’). But alongside the simple, strophic settings there are delights such as ‘Ferne’ and the lullaby ‘Bei der Wiege’, both delivered with admirable purity by Sophie Daneman, hitherto known mostly as a Baroque specialist. Nathan Berg brings his dramatic gifts and rather more colourful voice to the Schubertian ‘Reiselied’ and ‘Jagdlied’. Eugene Asti’s deft playing provides lively support, and the inclusion of two songs by Fanny Mendelssohn is a nice touch.

-- Stephen Maddock, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Duets (6), Op. 63: no 1, Ich wollt' meine Lieb' by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Sophie Daneman (Soprano), Nathan Berg (Baritone), Eugene Asti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
2.
Songs (2) for Voice and Piano (Eichendorff): no 2, Pagenlied by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Sophie Daneman (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832 
3.
Songs (6), Op. 57: no 5, Venetianisch Gondellied by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Nathan Berg (Baritone), Eugene Asti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
4.
Songs (6), Op. 19a: no 2, Das erste Veilchen by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Sophie Daneman (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Germany 
5.
Songs (6), Op. 19a: no 6, Reiselied by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Nathan Berg (Baritone), Eugene Asti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Germany 
6.
Duets (6), Op. 63: no 2, Abschiedslied der Zugvögel by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Sophie Daneman (Soprano), Nathan Berg (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
7.
Verlust by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel
Performer:  Nathan Berg (Baritone), Eugene Asti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Notes: This work was originally published as Felix Mendelssohn's Op. 9, No. 10. 
8.
Songs (12), Op. 9: no 9, Ferne by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Sophie Daneman (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Germany 
9.
The Garland by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Nathan Berg (Baritone), Eugene Asti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Germany 
Language: German 
10.
Songs (6), Op. 47: no 3, Frühlingslied by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Sophie Daneman (Soprano), Eugene Asti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Germany 
11.
Duets (6), Op. 63: no 3, Gruss by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Nathan Berg (Baritone), Sophie Daneman (Soprano), Eugene Asti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
12.
Songs (6), Op. 34: no 6, Reiselied by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Nathan Berg (Baritone), Eugene Asti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
13.
Die Nonne by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Sophie Daneman (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1829; Germany 
Notes: This work was originally published as Felix Mendelssohn's Op. 9, No. 12. 
14.
Songs (6), Op. 19a: no 1, Frühlingslied by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Nathan Berg (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Germany 
15.
Songs (6), Op. 71: no 2, Frühlingslied by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Sophie Daneman (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
16.
Duets (6), Op. 63: no 4, Herbstlied by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Sophie Daneman (Soprano), Eugene Asti (Piano), Nathan Berg (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
17.
Songs (12), Op. 9: no 5, Im Herbst by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Sophie Daneman (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Germany 
18.
Songs (6), Op. 34: no 1, Minnelied by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Nathan Berg (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; Germany 
19.
Songs (6), Op. 71: no 5, Auf der Wanderschaft by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Nathan Berg (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
20.
Songs (6), Op. 99: no 3, Lieblingsplätzchen by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Sophie Daneman (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Germany 
21.
Duets (6), Op. 63: no 5, Volkslied by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Sophie Daneman (Soprano), Eugene Asti (Piano), Nathan Berg (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
22.
Songs (3), Op. 84: no 3, Jagdlied by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Nathan Berg (Baritone), Eugene Asti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; Germany 
23.
Songs (6), Op. 99: no 5, Wenn sich zwei Herzen scheiden by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Sophie Daneman (Soprano), Eugene Asti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
24.
Songs (3), Op. 84: no 1, Da lieg' ich unter den Bäumen by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Nathan Berg (Baritone), Eugene Asti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Germany 
25.
Duets (6), Op. 63: no 6, Maiglöckchen und die Blümelein by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Sophie Daneman (Soprano), Nathan Berg (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
26.
Songs (6), Op. 47: no 6, Bei der Wiege by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Sophie Daneman (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Germany 
27.
Songs (6), Op. 86: no 6, Altdeutches Frühlingslied by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Nathan Berg (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
28.
Songs (12), Op. 9: no 6, Scheidlied by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Eugene Asti (Piano), Sophie Daneman (Soprano), Nathan Berg (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Germany 

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