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Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Forgotten songs
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Forgotten songs


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Klaus Mertens, Baritone
Gitti Pirner, Piano

18 songs, 4 songs without words, and one character piece

Songs to texts by L. Chr. H. Hölty, H. Heine, F. von Matthisson, C. Klingemann, and others.
Recorded in the Kupferhaus of the Culture Forum in Planegg (Germany), January 2010.


(German, English)
· texts
· songtexts
· biographies

Mendelssohn rediscovered

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy was the last great 19th century composer whose works were not completely listed. In the Mendelssohn anniversary year of 2009 this loophole has been closed thanks to the publishing of the Leipzig Edition of the works of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy by the Saxon Academy of Sciences in Leipzig. It was only in 2007/2008, as a result of research work that the musical public first gained awareness of among other pieces, 61 of a total of 115 songs composed for voice and piano.

The "forgotten" songs included in this CD date from throughout the composer’s entire creative period, and demonstrate superbly the many facets, colours and richness of ideas of his musical creations.

The songs have been combined with a completely different artistic genre, one which was Mendelssohn’s own: the songs without words - lyrical piano pieces with vocal style melodies.

"This project was most appealing to Gitti and myself. We were aware of the existence, albeit fragmental, of some unpublished songs, but we were absolutely astonished when as a result of the complete Mendelssohn Edition a entirely new volume of Lieder came to light. We played and sang through the works with great enthusiasm and the thrill that comes from exploring, selected some of them, and took great joy in recording the ones we had chosen." Klaus Mertens

This album is a treasure trove for music lovers and performers alike.

The recording was made using the songs as published by Bärenreiter: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Lieder für hohe und mittlere Stimme und Klavier (Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, songs for high and medium voice and piano). Edited by Eugene Asti, Bärenreiter Edition, Kassel 2008 (BA 9085).


"Sicheln schallen, Ähren fallen"
"Ich denke dein, wenn durch den Hain"
"Nacht ist um mich her"
"Was will die einsame Träne"
"Schlummre sanft und milde"
"Rieselt hernieder, schäumende Fluten"
Lied ohne Worte, a-Moll, op. 85 Nr. 2
"Weiter, rastlos, atemlos, vorüber, festlich helles Schloss"
"Zarter Blumen leicht Gewinde"
"Sanft entschwanden mir der Kindheit Tage"
"Immer fort von Ort zu Ort"
"Leb wohl, mein Lieb, und weine nicht"
"Ich danke Gott, dir Gott im hohen Himmel"
Lied ohne Worte, A-Dur, op. 53 Nr. 6
"Mein Liebchen, wir saßen beisammen"
Charakterstück, e-Moll, op. 7 Nr. 1
"Ich reit ins finstre Land hinein"
"Sanft weh’n im Hauch der Abendluft"
"Warum sind denn die Rosen so blass"
Lied ohne Worte, Es-Dur, op. 30 Nr. 1
"Ich weiß mir’n Mädchen"
"O könnt’ ich zu dir fliegen"
Lied ohne Worte, G-Dur, op. 62 Nr. 1
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"… Baritone Klaus Mertens, mostly a Bach specialist hitherto, has a very fine light touch that brings out the melodic gifts in these songs. A nice find from the small German label Farao Classics, with notes and texts in German and English."
www.allmusic.com, James Manheim, May, 2011

"… Both singer and soloist unashamedly admit their admiration for this mostly forgotten repertoire, and performances are consistently fresh, lively and enthusiastic. Their fastidious attention to detail is also praiseworthy. This is an extremely pleasant and important addition to the Mendelssohn catalogue which should not be missed. Sound and documentation are first-rate."
www.classica.net, Gerald Fenech, April 2011

"… Mertens has just the right voice for these songs, a light baritone with beautiful clarity of diction. Pirner in turn has a truly Mendelssohnian lightness and brilliance of touch and makes her own contribution to the programme with four Songs Without Words. The booklet has full texts, with good translations by Richard Stokes. It is an attractive programme, and fills in what are bound to be gaps in most collections."
International Record Review, John Warrack, April 2011