Notes & Reviews:
Arnold Schönberg founded the Society for Musical Private Performances in November 1918 "to give Arnold Schoenberg the opportunity personally to carry out his intention of providing artists and art lovers with a veritable and precise knowledge of Modern Music", as Alban Berg described in a leaflet in 1919. Chamber music, solo pieces and songs saw performance, and to a great extent, properly arranged for the available means, original large-scale orchestral works of topical and artistic high-quality were also produced. In the autumn of 1921, Schönberg embarked on an arrangement of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, which, however, he broke off in the middle of the first movement. The continuation was to be taken over by Webern, but this did not happen, evidently as a consequence of the end of the society. It was only in 1982/83 that the German composer, conductor and musicologist Rainer Riehn (b. 1941) was prepared to continue what had been begun.
The Guardian, 27th August 2015
It's no substitute for the original, but it is still a remarkably plausible piece of work...Ivonne Fuchs and tenor Markus SchSfer are very fine, even though like every tenor before him SchSfer sometimes struggles with the tessitura of his vocal lines.
Recording information: Deutschlandfunk Köln, Kammermusiksaal (12/01/2008-12/04/2008).
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Works DetailsMahler, Gustav : Das Lied von der Erde
- Performers: Markus Schafer (Voice); Ivonne Fuchs
- Ensemble: Linos-Ensemble
- Notes: Deutschlandfunk Köln, Kammermusiksaal (12/01/2008-12/04/2008)
- Running Time: 59 min. sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Vocal
- Written: 1908-1909