For the past two weeks, I have been working on “Waldesgespräch” by Robert Schumann, with text by Josef Karl Benedikt von Eichendorff. It is the third song in Schumann’s cycle Liederkreis, Op. 39. The song cycle has a strong connection to Germany, as they originated in Germany with composers such as Schumann, Schubert, and Brahms. Song cycles are collections of art songs that are pieced together to tell a story. The story of Liederkreis is of a wanderer who becomes trapped in the woods. “Waldesgespräch” is about the wanderer coming across a beautiful woman in the forest, who he soon recognizes as the witch Loreley, who damns him to the forest forever.
Here is Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, who is known as the most important interpreter of German Art Song, with Günter Weissenborn on piano.