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Published on Apr 15, 2013
Louis Spohr (1784-1859): Zwiegesang Op. 103 No. 2 Helen Donath, soprano -- Dieter Klöcker, clarinet -- Klaus Donath, piano. With almost 1800 musical settings of his poems Robert Reinick (1805--1852) is, next to Heinrich Heine, the most prolific Lieder poet of his time. Composers who have set his poems include Johannes Brahms, Heinrich Marschner and Spohr's friend, Robert Schumann. Arnold Schoenberg also composed a text by Robert Reinick: the poem "Zwiegesang". Spohr composed "Zwiegesang" in November,1837 and found exceptional favor with Spohr's friend Felix Mendelssohn. In the summer of 1838 Mendelssohn had written to Spohr and asked him to send his latest Symphony No. 5 in c minor, which would be performed at the first Gewandhauskonzert of the 1838/39 season. Enclosed were these lines: "While I am thanking you, I must add many, many heartfelt thanks for the beautiful, dear F major Lied with the clarinet, the Zwiegesang, which I do like very much and with its great amiability has charmed me so that I have played and sung it for days. It's not one single thing that I can mention above others, more the whole sweet natural stream that from beginning to end flows so lightly and makes one feel good. How often have I sung it with my sisters and it continues to please me anew. For this I now gladly thank you!" See also: The first complete and critical Edition of Louis Spohr's Lieder, edited by Prof. Susan Owen-Leinert and Michael Leinert with the Publisher Dohr, Cologne. The so called "clarinet-Lieder" Op. 103 is published in vol. 6 E.D. 29956. These Lieder are also available with a violin part (instead of the clarinet): E.D. 12610.