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SCHUMANN: 12 Gedichte aus 'Liebesfruhling', Op. 37 / Minnespiel, Op. 101

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Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Liebesfr??hling Minnespiel Wilhelm Meister Lieder

The poet Friedrich R??ckert wrote his Liebesfr??hling(Love's Springtime) in 1821, when he himself wascourting his future wife, Luise Wiethaus-Fischer. Thecomplete collection of poems was first published in theCollected Poems of 1834, where the poet put them in fiveseparate 'garlands', which, in a later, posthumous editionwere increased to six in number.

From this most successful cycle of love poems of theBiedermeier period Robert Schumann had already set Dumeine Seele, du mein Herz (Thou my soul, thou my heart)in 1840, publishing it in the collection Myrthen, Op. 25under the title Widmung (Dedication), a wedding presentfor his bride Clara. A little later, in 1841, followed thesetting of Twelve Poems from R??ckert's \Liebesfr??hling",partly composed by his wife Clara and partly by RobertSchumann himself, an artistic confirmation of apartnership still not overshadowed by sorrows anddisagreements.

For Christmas 1840 Clara had placed on the Christmasgift-table for her husband some songs she herself hadwritten, and this inspired Robert Schumann to this project:'The idea of producing together with Clara a book of songsinspired me to this work. From Monday to Monday ninesongs from R??ckert's Liebesfr??hling were written, inwhich I think again I have found a special voice', one readsfor the week from 3rd to 10th January 1841 in theMarriage Diary kept alternately between the two.

Immediately preceding the Spring Symphony, the sixsolo songs which Schumann contributed to Liebesfr??hlinginclude three duets. These come in the middle with No. 6Liebste, was kann denn uns scheiden (Beloved, what canpart us then?) and No. 7 Schon ist das Fest des Lenzes (Fairis the feast of spring), and at the end of the cycle comes No.

12 So wahr die Sonne (So true shines the sun). However, inlay-out, No. 6 is not a true duet, as the second voice islimited to a few parallels with the upper part at the intervalof a third. In the present recording this is balanced so thatthe verses are heard from the singers in alternation.

To his diary entry Schumann added: 'Clara must nowcompose settings for some of the Liebesfr??hling. O do it,little Clara!' She was hampered by the start of pregnancyand also prevented through Robert's eagerness for his owncompositions, but first fulfilled this wish for Schumann'sbirthday in June 1841: 'I have this week sat down tocompose a great deal and have set four poems by R??ckertfor my dear Robert', we read in the Marriage Diary. Threeof these songs, Warum willst Du And're fragen (Why willyou ask others), Er ist gekommen in Sturm und Regen (Hehas come in storm and rain) and Liebst Du um Schonheit(If you love for beauty) were published in autumn 1841,together with Robert's nine songs and duets, by Breitkopfund Hartel.

In a letter to the publisher Robert Schumann stressedthat his contribution to the work was 'mostly light andsimple'. This applies particularly to the second song, O ihrHerren (O you lords) and the strophic sixth, Liebste, waskann denn uns scheiden. No. 5, Ich hab in mich gesogen (Ihave drunk in) is ingenious with its polyphonicaccompaniment that repeats an ostinato figure of widerangingharmony, and the tripartite No. 8, Fl??gel! Fl??gel!(Wings! Wings!), with its slower central section.

Robert and Clara Schumann were delighted thatFriedrich R??ckert, to whom they had sent a copy of theirsettings, replied to the gift with an ingenious ghazal:

Long it is, long

Since my love's springtime song

At the urge of my heart

As it sprang,

The music died away in solitude.

It was at twenty years

I heard here and there

From the flock of birds

One that clearly

Piped a tune, that was from there.

And now even

Comes in the twenty-first year

A pair of birds,

First makes clear to me

That not a note was lost.

My songs

You sing again,

My feelings you sound again,

My emotions

You bring to life again,

My spring

You bring back again,

Me, how fair,

You make young again:

Take my thanks,

Since the world too,

As with me once,

Witholds it from you!

And may you win thanks

As I have achieved with mine.

Item number 8557074
Barcode 747313207428
Release date 01/06/2005
Label Naxos Records
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Artists Susanne Bernhard
Thomas Bauer
Uta Hielscher
Composers Robert Schumann
Disc: 1
Minnespiel, Op. 101 (excerpts)
1 No. 1: Der Himmel hat eine Trane geweint
2 No. 3: O ihr Herren
3 No. 5: Ich hab' in mich gesogen
4 No. 6: Liebste, was kann denn uns scheiden?
5 No. 7: Schon ist das Fest des Lenzes
6 No. 8: Flugel! Flugel! um zu fliegen
7 No. 9: Rose, Meer und Sonne
8 No. 10: O Sonn', o Meer, o Rose
9 No. 12: So wahr die Sonne scheinet
10 Ballade des Harfners
11 Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt
12 Wer nie sein Brot mit Tranen ass
13 Heiss mich nicht reden
14 Wer sich der Einsamkeit ergibt
15 Singet nicht in Trauertonen
16 An die Turen will ich schleichen
17 So lasst mich scheinen, bis ich werde
18 No. 1: Meine Tone still und heiter
19 No. 2: Liebster, deine Worte stehlen
20 No. 3: Ich bin dein Baum, o Gartner
21 No. 4: Mein schoner Stern!
22 No. 6: O Freund, mein Schirm, mein Schutz
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