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Mahler: Symphony No. 4 (arr. for chamber orchestra); Debussy: Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune / Trevor Pinnock

> Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune (arr. E. Stein for chamber ensemble) - Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune (arr. E. Stein for chamber ensemble)
> Symphony No. 4 in G Major (arr. E. Stein for chamber ensemble) - I. Bedachtig, nicht eilen
> Symphony No. 4 in G Major (arr. E. Stein for chamber ensemble) - II. In gemachlicher Bewegung, ohne Hast
> Symphony No. 4 in G Major (arr. E. Stein for chamber ensemble) - III. Ruhevoll, poco adagio
> Symphony No. 4 in G Major (arr. E. Stein for chamber ensemble) - IV. Sehr behaglich

Album Summary

>Debussy, Claude : Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 4 in G major
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Historical performance pioneer, Trevor Pinnock conducts the Royal Academy of Music Ensemble in chamber arrangements of Mahler's most frequently performed symphony and Debussy's Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune, on its debut Linn recording. Pinnock is known as a harpsichordist and conductor who pioneered performance on historical instruments with The English Concert.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2013
The artistic values that Pinnock has long espoused, from textural clarity to historically informed performance, prove crucial to this particular project...Under Pinnock, the Royal Academy of Music's Chamber Ensemble bring to the surface the lithe counterpoint that usually lumbers under thicker string textures.

Financial Times, 20th July 2013
This recording shows [Pinnock] to be well acquainted and at ease with the demands of Mahler's Fourth...both [performances] capture a simplicity of timbre and colouring that goes to the essence of the music...What they miss in fullness of sound, they gain in transparency and up-tempo crispness.

The Guardian, 15th August 2013
The myriad colours of Debussy's scoring in the PrTlude are carefully preserved, even if the result is more like a pastel drawing than an oil painting, while the much more drastic compression of Mahler's soundworld reveals details that are usually never heard...A satisfying, thought-provoking disc.

BBC Music Magazine, October 2013
Pinnock directs a disciplined and expressive performance at ample tempos appropriate enough for a resonant full orchestra but sometimes a little too staid to sustain the momentum of a drier-toned chamber ensemble.

MusicWeb International, 16th September 2013
[The Mahler] is a performance to treasure, crowned by a delightfully natural account of the soprano solo in the last movement by S=nia GranT...[the Debussy's] original character survives here even with the orchestra greatly reduced...This is one of the most enlightening and enjoyable Mahler discs I have heard for a long time.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol UK (02/16/2012-02/18/2012).



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Works Details

>Debussy, Claude : Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
  • Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
  • Ensemble: Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble
  • Notes: St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol UK (02/16/2012-02/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 4 in G major
  • Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
  • Ensemble: Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble
  • Notes: St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol UK (02/16/2012-02/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 53 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1899-1900