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Mahler: Kindertotenlieder; Songs of a Wayfarer; Busoni: Berceuse élégiaque / Sara Mingardo, contralto

Audio Samples

>Mahler, Gustav : Kindertotenlieder, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Mahler, Gustav : Quartet for Piano and Strings in A minor
>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
>Busoni, Ferruccio : Berceuse elegiaque, for orchestra, Op. 42, KiV 252a

Album Summary

>Mahler, Gustav : Kindertotenlieder, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Mahler, Gustav : Quartet for Piano and Strings in A minor
>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
>Busoni, Ferruccio : Berceuse elegiaque, for orchestra, Op. 42, KiV 252a
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Although much of the repertoire on this disc was originally conceived for large orchestra, the chamber versions offered here shed new light on familiar territory. In 1918, Arnold Schoenberg founded his Verein für musikalische Privataufführungen (Society for Private Musical Performance), whose mission was to promote contemporary works. A great admirer of Mahler, Schoenberg created a chamber version of the Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen for the Society, while his student Erwin Stein penned a reduction of Busoni's Berceuse élégiaque. Reiner Riehn, who completed Schoenberg's chamber version of Das Lied von der Erde, wrote this arrangement of Mahler's Kindertotenlieder for chamber orchestra. The disc is completed by Mahler's rarely heard Quartettsatz for piano and string quartet. Contralto Sara Mingardo is accompanied by Musica Aurei conducted by Luigi Piovano.

BBC Music Magazine
Mingardo is a natural partner for this work with her extraordinarily rich contralto depths and interpretive capabilities. She delivers Mahler's literally breathtakingly long lines with effortlessly poised legato control. Her vocal tone is another delight, its warm bloom creating a lovely counterfoil to the viscerality of her accompaniment... one of the most expertly compiled and emotively performed you'll find around.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teatro Fedele Fenaroli di Lanciano, Italy (07/2011).



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Works Details

>Mahler, Gustav : Kindertotenlieder, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performer: Silvio Di Rocco (Viola)
  • Conductor: Luigi Piovano
  • Ensemble: Musici Aurei
  • Running Time: 22 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1901-1904

>Mahler, Gustav : Quartet for Piano and Strings in A minor
  • Performers: Luigi Piovano (Cello); Grazia Raimondi (Violin); Silvio Di Rocco (Viola); Olaf Laneri (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1876

>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
  • Performer: Silvio Di Rocco (Viola)
  • Conductor: Luigi Piovano
  • Running Time: 17 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1883-1885

>Busoni, Ferruccio : Berceuse élégiaque, for orchestra, Op. 42, KiV 252a
  • Performer: Silvio Di Rocco (Viola)
  • Conductor: Luigi Piovano
  • Running Time: 10 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 10/27/1909