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Katharina Thalbach & Feininger Trio: o sink hernieder, Nacht der Liebe

By Feininger Trio

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By Feininger Trio and Katharina Thalbach. By Franz Schubert (1797-1828) and Frederic Chopin (1810-1849). Classical. Listening CD. Naxos #AVI 8553077. Published by Naxos (NX.AVI-8553077).

Item Number: NX.AVI-8553077

... o night of love, descend upon us... That motif from Wagner's Tristan and Isolde sets the musical and lyrical mood for the selection of pieces and poems in the Feininger Trio's programme, performed for the first time at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival. Love and death: the goal in selecting the poems was to find a mood similar to Schubert's Notturno and Chopin's Piano Trio Op. 8: texts that could establish a lyrical dialogue with those pieces. How can we grasp the great subject of love and death? How can we associate language with music, but without relegating language to a subordinate role? How can a series of poems tell their own story while at the same time highlighting the expression conveyed by the music, which is still the precondition for this musical-poetical programme? Following Schubert's Adagio (later renamed Notturno), the theme of love is addressed in Ingeborg Bachmann's poem Erklar mir Liebe ("Explain love to me") and in Rilke's Liebes-Lied ("Love Song"), which features metaphors associated with string music. Allegro con fuoco is the tempo marking of the first movement in Chopin's Piano Trio, Op. 8. It is paired alongside Elke Lasker-Schuler's poem Du spieltest ein ungestumes Lied ("You played me a wild song").

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