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Brahms: Alto Rhapsody; Wagner: Wesendonck; Mahler: Der Abschied

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>Brahms, Johannes : Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53
>Wagner, Richard : Wesendonck Lieder
>Mahler, Gustav : Das Lied von der Erde
>     6. Der Abschied

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>Brahms, Johannes : Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53
>Wagner, Richard : Wesendonck Lieder
>Mahler, Gustav : Das Lied von der Erde
Performers Conductors Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The American mezzo Stephanie Blythe sings three works of high Romanticism, all depicting, in different ways, a sense of loneliness, abandonment and spiritual crisis. Brahms' autobiographical Alto Rhapsody for alto, male chorus and orchestra has long been one of the core works of the alto/mezzo repertoire; Wagner's intimate Wesendonck-Lieder are performed here in Henze's version for chamber ensemble, while the heart-wrenching Abschied (Farewell) from Das Lied von der Erde is heard in the delicate arrangement by Mahler's disciple Schoenberg.

The American mezzo Stephanie Blythe sings three works of high Romanticism, all depicting, in different ways, a sense of loneliness, abandonment and spiritual crisis. Brahms' autobiographical Alto Rhapsody for alto, male chorus and orchestra has long been one of the core works of the alto/mezzo repertoire; Wagner's intimate Wesendonck-Lieder are performed here in Henze's version for chamber ensemble, while the heart-wrenching Abschied (Farewell) from Das Lied von der Erde is heard in the delicate arrangement by Mahler's disciple Schoenberg.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Paroisse Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris, France (2003-07-17&2003-07-21_2003-).



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>Brahms, Johannes : Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53
  • Performers: Alain Valckenaere (Bassoon); Edkhard Rudolph (Double Bass); Guillaume Paoletti (Cello); Jean Estournet (Violin); Daniel Catalanotti (Horn); Olivier Voize (Clarinet); Michel Guyot (Violin); Serge Soufflard (Viola); Richard Vieille (Clarinet); Jerome Granjon (Piano); Nicolas Guijarro (Percussion); Daniel Arrignon (Oboe); Claude Lefebvre (Flute)
  • Conductor: Bernard Fabre-Garrus
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Orchestral de Paris
  • Notes: Paroisse Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris, France (2003-07-17&2003-07-21_2003-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1869

>Wagner, Richard : Wesendonck Lieder
  • Conductor: John Nelson
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Orchestral de Paris
  • Notes: Paroisse Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris, France (2003-07-17&2003-07-21_2003-)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1857-1858

>Mahler, Gustav : Das Lied von der Erde :: 6. Der Abschied
  • Conductor: John Nelson
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Orchestral de Paris
  • Notes: Paroisse Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris, France (2003-07-17&2003-07-21_2003-)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1908-1909