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CHAMBER MUSIC

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SONATA RECITAL by HARRIET COHEN (Pianoforte) and ISOLDE MENGES (Violin)
HERBERT HEYNER (Baritone)
Poonis by HEINE, English Translation by R. H. ELKIN BERKELEY MASON (at the Piano)
THE first five songs (all very short) tell of the J- love for ' the peerless, the rarest, the fairest, the dearest.' and (in the fourth song) of the poet's poignant memory of her declaration. I love but thee.' The titles of these songs are respectively : 'Twas in the lowly month of May ; From out my tears are springing ; The Rose, the Lily ; I gaze into thy tender eyes ; and I'll breathe my soul awl its yearning.
In the sixth song, The Rhine, thit holy river, tho singer mnses on the image of the Virgin in the Cathedral of Cologne, and is reminded, even there, of the beauty of his beloved one.
The next song, / blame thee not, is the best known of the cycle. The poet's love is lost to him. His heart is broken, but he will not murmur.
In the eighth song, If only the flowers could know it, the singer feels the nselessness of seeking consolation from the flowers, the birds, the stars. One only, who caused the sorrow, can know his pain.
A note of tragedy is sounded in the ninth song,
The flutes awl fiddles are sounding. The loved one is dancing, bedecked for her wedding-day.
In the tenth song, Whene'er I hear them singing, the poet seeks the solitude of the mountains, to escape from his sad recollections.
Heine's ironical humour comes out in the eleventh song, A youth once loved a maiden, in which is a cynical reflection on the course of love, as it sometimes runs.
The next three songs are Alone on a summer morning, I wept as I lay dreaming, and At night-fall I see you. In these-, the poet returns to his mood of sorrowful recollections. Waking or dreaming, the image of her who is lost 'to him is ever poignantly before him.
The title of the last song but one is The fairy-tales of childhood. The poet longs for the visionarv land of childhood's dreams, where all is peace and contentment. But with the break of morning these sweet visions fade.
In the last song of all, Old songs of tears and sorrow, he calls for a mighty coffin, in which shall be buried all his sorrows and love intermingled.
The pianist, in a last tender page, adds his note of regret and resignation, and so ends the story of the Poet's Love.

Contributors

Piano: Harriet Cohen
Violin: Isolde Menges
Baritone: Herbert Heyner
Translation By: R. H. Elkin
Translation By: Berkeley Mason






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