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Mahler: Das Klagende Lied; Berg: Lulu Suite / Prohaska, Roschmann, Larsson, Botha. Pierre Boulez

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>Mahler, Gustav : Das klagende Lied, cantata for soloists, chorus & orchestra
>Berg, Alban : Lulu-Suite, 5 symphonic pieces from the opera for soprano & orchestra ("Lulu-Symphonie")

Album Summary

>Mahler, Gustav : Das klagende Lied, cantata for soloists, chorus & orchestra
>Berg, Alban : Lulu-Suite, 5 symphonic pieces from the opera for soprano & orchestra ("Lulu-Symphonie")
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Pierre Boulez is an icon of today's classical scene, and close-associated with the works of Mahler, many of which he has recorded exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon.

Featuring the acclaimed Vienna Philharmonic and the chorus of the Vienna State Opera - historically connected to Mahler, Berg and Boulez.

These performances were recorded live at the opening concert of the prestigious Salzburg Festival in 2011 conceived as a tribute of Gustav Mahler.

Will be released to coincide with the maestro's 88th birthday in March.

Mahler's 2-act Das Klagende Lied is a mythical tale of fratricide, guilt and retribution, based on stories by the Grimm brothers and Ludwig Bechstein.

Das Klagende Lied fits perfectly into the comprehensive Mahler repertoire which Boulez has recorded on Deutsche Grammophon within the last decades.

Boulez clearly brings out the Mahlerian stylistic gestures found in this early work. Yet he also does not neglect the waves of overpowering energy said by Der Standard.

Soprano Anna Prohaska, soloist in Berg's "Lulu" Suite, is a Deutsche Grammophon exclusive recording artist; Der Standard called her performance "dazzling" and Die Presse rated it "sensational".

The Guardian, 14th March 2013
[the Mahler's] its brightly lit orchestral effects have always brought the best out of his conducting; the performance has both spaciousness and finely focused detail...The Lulu Suite is even more remarkable, for there's an emotional breadth to Boulez's approach now that just wasn't there in his earlier, pioneering performances. His balance between rigour and expressiveness exactly mirrors Berg's music.

International Record Review, May 2013
This new performance...is remarkable for its transparency, but Boulez has added actual drama to his mastery of Mahler's early orchestration...There's real atmosphere here...The choir, perfectly trained and singing with impeccable diction and attention to dynamics, cannot be praised highly enough. The Lulu-Suite that follows receives a marvellous reading as well...this new Boulez is a major entry.

MusicWeb International, 28th May 2013
Boulez is a splendid guide to both these scores and if you don't mind having a foreshortened account of Das klagende Lied this disc is a compelling proposition.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Groáes Festspielhaus, Salzburg (07/2011).



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Works Details

>Mahler, Gustav : Das klagende Lied, cantata for soloists, chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Dorothea Röschmann (Soprano); Johan Botha (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1878-1880

>Berg, Alban : Lulu-Suite, 5 symphonic pieces from the opera for soprano & orchestra ("Lulu-Symphonie")
  • Conductor: Pierre Boulez
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 28 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934