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Des Todes Tod: Songs Cycles of Mahler, Mussorgsky & Hindemith / Barbara Höfling, soprano; Helian Quartet

Album Summary

>Mahler, Gustav : Kindertotenlieder, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Mussorgsky, Modest : Songs and dances of death
>Hindemith, Paul : Melancholie, 4 songs for soprano & string quartet, Op. 13
>Hindemith, Paul : Des Todes Tod, for mezzo-soprano, 2 violas & 2 cellos, Op. 23a
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Notes & Reviews:

Before the invention of the phonogram, arrangements for chamber orchestras made it easier to listen to orchestral works. In modern times, their charm is not only based on the frequently encountered musical reduction, but also in the possibility to find new nuances in the pieces. On the present CD soprano Barbara Höfling and the Helian Quartett showcase both adaptions (Mahler and Mussorgsky) as well as original works (Hindemith). Ms. Höfling, a singer with a wide-ranging repertoire, won the Supersonic Award for her 2010 debut CD, which featured songs by Schumann, Schubert and Fauré.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Kleiner Sendesaal des Norddeutschen Rundfunks, Hannover (01/13/2014-01/16/2014).



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Works Details

>Mahler, Gustav : Kindertotenlieder, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performers: Amanda Anderson (Cello); Barbara Hofling; Sophie Lucke (Double Bass)
  • Ensemble: Helian Quartett
  • Notes: Kleiner Sendesaal des Norddeutschen Rundfunks, Hannover (01/13/2014-01/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1901-1904

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Songs and dances of death
  • Performers: Amanda Anderson (Cello); Barbara Hofling; Sophie Lucke (Double Bass)
  • Notes: Kleiner Sendesaal des Norddeutschen Rundfunks, Hannover (01/13/2014-01/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Hindemith, Paul : Melancholie, 4 songs for soprano & string quartet, Op. 13
  • Performers: Amanda Anderson (Cello); Barbara Hofling; Sophie Lucke (Double Bass)
  • Notes: Kleiner Sendesaal des Norddeutschen Rundfunks, Hannover (01/13/2014-01/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1917-1919

>Hindemith, Paul : Des Todes Tod, for mezzo-soprano, 2 violas & 2 cellos, Op. 23a
  • Performers: Amanda Anderson (Cello); Barbara Hofling; Sophie Lucke (Double Bass)
  • Notes: Kleiner Sendesaal des Norddeutschen Rundfunks, Hannover (01/13/2014-01/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1922