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Berio: Sinfonia; Mahler: 10 Frühe Lieder / Matthias Goerne, The Synergy Vocals; Josep Pons, BBC Symphony Orchestra

Album Summary

>Mahler, Gustav : Ablösung im Sommer, song for voice & piano in D flat major (Aus der Jugendzeit Vol. 3, no 2)
>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder und Gesänge, vol 3
>Mahler, Gustav : Nicht wiedersehen!, song for voice & piano in C minor (Aus der Jugendzeit Vol. 3, no 4)
>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder und Gesänge, vol 2
>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder und Gesange, vol 1
>Mahler, Gustav : Ich ging mit Lust durch einen grünen Wald, song for voice & piano in D major (Aus der Jugendzeit Vol
>Mahler, Gustav : Frühlingsmorgen, song for voice & piano in F major (Aus der Jugendzeit Vol. 1, no 1)
>Mahler, Gustav : Phantasie aus Don Juan, for voice & piano (Aus der Jugendzeit Vol. 1, no 5)
>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder und Gesange, vol 3
>Berio, Luciano [Composer] : Sinfonia, for 8 amplified voices & orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"It seems to me that Mahler has the whole history of music in his care," wrote Luciano Berio in 1978, ten years after composing his Sinfonia. Joseph Pons leads the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Synergy Vocals in this supreme masterpiece, whose third movement is a monument to the glory of the emblematic post-Romantic composer. A few years later, Berio went on to orchestrate a number of songs based on texts from Des Knabe Wunderhorn (which Mahler originally scored for piano and voice), creating a symphonic backdrop tailor-made for a great baritone voice like that of Matthias Goerne.

The Guardian, 28th September 2016
Berio's skilful arrangements invoke a similar soundworld as Mahler's own orchestrations of his songs: it's colourful, slightly brittle, and vividly pointed up by Pons...Goerne gives the vocal lines the slightly larger-than-life quality they need, exaggerating their expressive extremes and running through his full palette of baritonal shades.

Sunday Times, 9th October 2016
Berio's Sinfonia, premiered in 1968, remains an incomparably rich conundrum...On a disc such as this outstanding one, balance can be contrived so that the throng of words is audible to just the right degree.

The Telegraph, 22nd October 2016
Goerne summons a dark, curdled tone, which can switch in an instant to a delicate tenderness...Altogether, this disc is a wonderful introduction to one of the 20th century's great composers.

Irish Times, 26th October 2016
Pons's new, gorgeously textured performance couples the endlessly fascinating work with Berio's two-decades-later, light-touch orchestrations of Mahler songs, sung with heart-piercing point by Matthias Goerne.

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2016
We have only to listen to [Berio's] exquisite song orchestrations, graced with Goerne on riveting, vibrant form, to feel the depth of his empathy, an almost palpable longing to be absorbed into that lost Viennese world... this coupling is a must-have.



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>Mahler, Gustav : Ablösung im Sommer, song for voice & piano in D flat major (Aus der Jugendzeit Vol. 3, no 2)
  • Performer: Matthias Goerne (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Josep Pons
  • Ensemble: Synergy Vocals
  • Notes: Composition written: 1887-90.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1887-1890

>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder und Gesänge, vol 3
  • Performer: Matthias Goerne (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Josep Pons
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1887-90.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1887-1890

>Mahler, Gustav : Nicht wiedersehen!, song for voice & piano in C minor (Aus der Jugendzeit Vol. 3, no 4)
  • Performer: Matthias Goerne (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Josep Pons
  • Notes: Composition written: 1887-90.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1887-1890

>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder und Gesänge, vol 2
  • Performer: Matthias Goerne (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Josep Pons
  • Notes: Composition written: 1887-90.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1887-1890

>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder und Gesänge, vol 1
  • Performer: Matthias Goerne (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Josep Pons
  • Notes: Composition written: 1880-87.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1880-1887

>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder und Gesänge, vol 1
  • Performer: Matthias Goerne (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Josep Pons
  • Notes: Composition written: 1880-87.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1880-1887

>Mahler, Gustav : Ich ging mit Lust durch einen grünen Wald, song for voice & piano in D major (Aus der Jugendzeit Vol
  • Performer: Matthias Goerne (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Josep Pons
  • Notes: Composition written: 1887-90.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1887-1890

>Mahler, Gustav : Frühlingsmorgen, song for voice & piano in F major (Aus der Jugendzeit Vol. 1, no 1)
  • Performer: Matthias Goerne (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Josep Pons
  • Notes: Composition written: 1880-87.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1880-1887

>Mahler, Gustav : Phantasie aus Don Juan, for voice & piano (Aus der Jugendzeit Vol. 1, no 5)
  • Performer: Matthias Goerne (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Josep Pons
  • Notes: Composition written: 1880-87.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1880-1887

>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder und Gesänge, vol 3
  • Performer: Matthias Goerne (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Josep Pons
  • Notes: Composition written: 1887-90.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1887-1890

>Berio, Luciano [Composer] : Sinfonia, for 8 amplified voices & orchestra
  • Conductor: Josep Pons
  • Running Time: 32 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1968-1969