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Gustav Mahler, Wolfgang Rihm: Orchestral Songs / Christoph Pregardien, tenor

Audio Samples

>Mahler, Gustav : Des Knaben Wunderhorn
>Rihm, Wolfgang : Rilke
>     4 Gedichte, for tenor & piano
>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

Album Summary

>Mahler, Gustav : Des Knaben Wunderhorn
>Rihm, Wolfgang : Rilke
>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The singer Christoph Pregardien has documented an important part of his repertoire on more than 130 discs released on various labels. His numerous recordings of German romantic lieder have been awarded prizes such as the Orphee d'Or of the Académie du Disque Lyrique, Prize of the German Record Critics, Edison Award, Cannes Classical Award, and Diapason d'Or. Pregardien's clear and precise vocal style as well as his intelligent interpretative method and diction, combined with a special talent for capturing the psychological core of a role, have made him one of the leading lyric tenors of our times. On this cpo release he interprets better-known songs by Gustav Mahler as well as Wolfgang Rihm's Rilke-Lieder, pieces that he is closely associated. He performed these songs for piano and voice in Stuttgart on February 2, 2002, with the pianist Siegfried Mauser as his accompanist and recorded them in this version dedicated to him. On the present CD, however, the songs are presented in the orchestral version from 2004, which was premiered in Basel on 10 December 2004 with Pregardien and the Basel Sinfonietta under Emilio Pomarico. As might be expected, the orchestral sound offers expanded opportunities for the realization of emotions and moods. This endows Rihm's music with added feeling.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2014
It's hard to imagine more committed performances than these both from the orchestra (wind and horns impressing in their many solos) and Prégardien, who colours and phrases Rihm's sustained, darkly tortuous lines with consummate eloquence.

International Record Review, March 2014
Prégardien has a wonderfully light, pure sound that can be turned to any expressive purpose...He touches the sublime in [Urlicht] and the Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen...The orchestra is superly recorded by the CPO engineers, sounding close to the singer yet not boxed in. This is a particular asset in the Rihm, which is more densely scored.

The Guardian, 4th April 2014
Prégardien sings both composers with meticulous attention. He's wonderful at characterising the Mahler songs without ever making them twee; the shape of each phrase and the colours in it are there for a reason.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
Mahler's songs have been the domain of mezzos and baritones mainly, so it is refreshing to hear them sung by a tenor for a change - and sung so wonderfully. This is singing of the highest order. With completely natural elegance that never sounds forced, he sings with sweetness and suppleness, broad dynamic palette, and wide ranging tonal color from the top to the bottom of his wide range. His voice is simply gorgeous.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Ruhrkongress Bochum (09/26/2011-09/29/2011).



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>Mahler, Gustav : Des Knaben Wunderhorn
  • Performer: Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Steven Sloane
  • Ensemble: Bochumer Symphniker
  • Notes: Ruhrkongress Bochum (09/26/2011-09/29/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Mahler, Gustav : Des Knaben Wunderhorn
  • Performer: Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Steven Sloane
  • Notes: Ruhrkongress Bochum (09/26/2011-09/29/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 07/1898

>Mahler, Gustav : Des Knaben Wunderhorn
  • Performer: Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Steven Sloane
  • Notes: Ruhrkongress Bochum (09/26/2011-09/29/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 07/1899

>Mahler, Gustav : Des Knaben Wunderhorn
  • Performer: Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Steven Sloane
  • Notes: Ruhrkongress Bochum (09/26/2011-09/29/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 08/09/1893

>Mahler, Gustav : Des Knaben Wunderhorn
  • Performer: Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Steven Sloane
  • Notes: Ruhrkongress Bochum (09/26/2011-09/29/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 02/06/1892

>Mahler, Gustav : Des Knaben Wunderhorn
  • Performer: Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Steven Sloane
  • Notes: Ruhrkongress Bochum (09/26/2011-09/29/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Rihm, Wolfgang : Rilke :: 4 Gedichte, for tenor & piano
  • Performer: Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Steven Sloane
  • Notes: Ruhrkongress Bochum (09/26/2011-09/29/2011)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
  • Performer: Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Steven Sloane
  • Notes: Ruhrkongress Bochum (09/26/2011-09/29/2011)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1883-1885