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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Liselyn Adams's Favourite Art Song

The next submission to the "Great Art Song Challenge" survey is by flutist and music professor Liselyn Adams. Share your choices at!

1. Richard Wagner: Im Treibhaus ("In the Greenhouse"), third song from Wesendonck Lieder; poem by Mathilde Wesendonck. May 1858. (Text and translation)

"This song shows the best of Wagner in a pocket-sized song. The harmonies are rich, the poetry perfectly expressed. The piano version is the best - Wagner was so in love with Mathilde Wesendonck, the poet, and it really shows."

2. Robert Schumann: Mondnacht, fifth song from Liederkreise, Op. 39; poem by Joseph Eichendorff. (Text and translation and discussion by Wolf-Dieter Seiffert)

3. Charles Martin Loeffler: Sudden Lightop. 15 (Four Poems) no. 1; Text: Dante Gabriel Rossetti  (Text)

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