21. April 2011 · Comments Off on NewToMyEars™: Max Reger’s Der Einsiedler · Categories: NewToMyEars™

I think I must have heard of Max Reger before, considering the fact that he’s in my library (although even that was a surprise to me!), but I’d never heard of this work before, and I am really enjoying it!

Max Reger (1873 – 1916):
“Der Einsiedler” op. 144a (1915)
lyrics (1835) by Joseph von Eichendorff (1788 – 1857)

Monteverdichor Würzburg
Matthias Beckert (cond.)

The hermit

Come, comfort of the world, quiet night!
How softly you descend from the hills,
The breezes all are sleeping,
One sailor still, travel-wearied,
Sings over the water his evening song
In praise of God in the harbour.

The years, like the clouds, go by
And leave me here in solitude,
Forgotten by the world,
Then wondrously you came to me,
As I sat here lost in thought
Beside the murmuring wood.

O comfort of the world, quiet night!
The day has tired me so,
The wide sea darkens now,
Let me rest from joy and pain,
Until the eternal dawn
Flashes through the silent wood.

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