Robert Schumann

Intermezzo ("Dein Bildnis wunderselig"), song for voice & piano (Liederkreis), Op. 39/2

    Description by Meredith Gailey

    The overall feel of the second song of Liederkreis, Op. 39, "Intermezzo," is brilliant rapture. A contrast to the floating vocal line, the accompaniment's pleasant syncopation is formed in the bass measures that begin with single sixteenth notes that are followed by multiple eighth notes. A repetition of the first verse, about a picture of a loved one, closes the work after the second verse mentions a song that spiritually connects the lovers. The vocal line of the outer sections is quicker and moves with less piano support than that of the middle. The vocalist determines the tempo; as a result, a promising performance calls for confidence, the application of skilled musicianship, and attentive communication between the two performers. The song's syncopation is maintained until the end of the penultimate measure; two half-note chords close the soft four-bar postlude. Although Schumann's pauses were alterations to Eichendorff's rhythm, they do not disturb the text's meaning.

    Appears On

    Year Title / Performer Label / Catalog # AllMusic Rating
    2016
    Challenge Classics
    CC 72687
    2011
    EMI Classics
    2011
    Haenssler
    CD94214
    2007
    Arte Nova
    797580
    2007
    Columna Musica
    161
    2003
    Deutsche Grammophon
    474738
    2002
    Arte Nova
    79758
    2000
    Gasparo Records
    345
    1998
    Campanella
    130014
    1995
    Orfeo
    185891
    1995
    Orfeo
    140301
    1994
    Pearl
    GEMMCD9119
    Canterino
    1066
    Documents
    223213303