Uploaded on Apr 13, 2010
Hermann Prey/Philippe Bianconi
Winterreise op.89 D.911
5. Der Lindenbaum
Recording: Denon (Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg-Harburg, 3-6 April 1984)
Piano: Bösendorfer Imperial
This is the third and last studio recording Hermann Prey made of this cycle, the others dating from 1961 (with Karl Engel, piano) and 1971 (Wolfgang Sawallisch, piano). There is also a live recording from 1978 (with Irwin Gage), a video recording made in 1984 (Helmut Deutsch, piano) and one with orchestra (1997); cf. http://home.tiscali.nl/huibspoorenber....
Postcards: http://www.goethezeitportal.de/index.... (8)
http://www.halftimescores.co.uk/ograp... (Schubert Institute UK) (3)
Illustrations by Lotte Lehmann: http://www.gopera.com/winterreise/art... (2)
The linden (lime) tree is heavy with symbolism. A tree of the germanic myths, it was the sacred tree of the goddess Frigg, Odins spouse, and as such, symbol of motherhood and fertility, and a place of safety. It is a symbol of peace and of love (its leaves are heart-shaped), and of Heimat.
It also marked the central place of community life in germanic times, where council meetings (þing) were held, and open-air courts of law ("iudicium sub tilia"), and as such had similar functions as the forum in ancient Rome. The death penalty was often carried out there and then by hanging the sentenced person from the tree, and it has also attracted suicides well into modern times. The village linden tree served as a centre of social life until very recently (and in some places possibly still does), and village fêtes, dances and open-air worship were held around it.
The linden tree has always been held to have beneficial powers, and preparations made from its various parts have been used to cure many ailments. Waters running close to linden trees were also thought to have healing qualities, which is why municipal wells were often placed next to them (or vice versa).
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