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Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (arr. Schoenberg) / Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble; Trevor Pinnock

Album Summary

>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
>Busoni, Ferruccio : Berceuse élégiaque, for orchestra, Op. 42, KiV 252a
>Zemlinsky, Alexander v. : Songs (6), for mezzo-soprano or baritone & piano (or orchestra), Op. 13
>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried Idyll
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Historical performance pioneer Trevor Pinnock conducts the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble in revealing chamber arrangements from Mahler to Zemlinksy. Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (arr.Schoenberg) is the third in the series which sees Trevor and the Academy perform and record works which are retrospectively reigniting Schoenberg's vision of performing chamber reductions of symphonic repertoire. The works in this recording transport us to a period of vast musical change: in Mahler we hear nostalgia welded with modernism; with Wagner, we hear the sunset of Romanticism; with Zemlinsky we hear the seeds of fin-de-siècle Vienna; and in all, the extremities of emotion distilled into non-symphonic forces. Arnold Schoenberg's own arrangement of Mahler's intensely personal song cycle is followed by Erwin Stein's arrangement of Busoni's landmark composition Berceuse élégiaque. Specially commissioned for this chamber series is Christopher Austin's arrangement of Zemlinsky's evocative Sechs Gesänge, which enjoys its premiere recording here. Closing the disc is Wagner's infamous Siegfried Idyll. The arrangements for chamber forces serve to illuminate the original scores; the clarity achieved in these performances expose revealing new insights. Trevor Pinnock is recognised worldwide as a harpsichordist and conductor who pioneered performance on historical instruments with his own orchestra, The English Concert. He works regularly with orchestras such as Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Highlights include performances of Haydn's Seasons with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra as principal guest conductor, concerts with Menahem Pressler and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the MDR broadcast of Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Tenebrae.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2015
John is a sensitive guide through the Mahler, even if his voice - light in timbre - as yet lacks colouristic variety...Bray's mezzo is richly spiced and colourful in potent performances of the Zemlinsky...Pinnock and his players offer relatively swift accounts of the purely instrumental works but they never feel rushed.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St George's, Bristol, UK (02/17/2014-02/19/2014).



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>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
  • Performer: Gareth John
  • Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
  • Ensemble: Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble
  • Notes: St George's, Bristol, UK (02/17/2014-02/19/2014)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1883-1885

>Busoni, Ferruccio : Berceuse élégiaque, for orchestra, Op. 42, KiV 252a
  • Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
  • Notes: St George's, Bristol, UK (02/17/2014-02/19/2014)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 10/27/1909

>Zemlinsky, Alexander v. : Songs (6), for mezzo-soprano or baritone & piano (or orchestra), Op. 13
  • Performer: Katie Bray
  • Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
  • Notes: St George's, Bristol, UK (02/17/2014-02/19/2014)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910-1913

>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried Idyll
  • Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
  • Notes: St George's, Bristol, UK (02/17/2014-02/19/2014)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1870