Notes & Reviews:
Unquenchable yearning, heartrending grief, ardent desire - in Gustav Mahler's songs the romantic emotional world doubtless rises to magnificent heights. His virtuosically instrumented orchestral scores constantly call the listener's attention to the refined tonal sophistication of the fin de siècle. And our new recording of the piano versions with Gerhild Romberger and Alfredo Perl comes with its own special plus: we now again have the opportunity to relive a whole epoch and its rich emotional extremes.
The piano versions represent much more than a preliminary stage on the way to a "final product" or even a répétiteur's score. Often composed independently of the orchestral versions, they uncover respectful relations to models such as Schubert's Winterreise; just listen to the tormented tone of the four Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen!
Romberg and Perl's interpretation of these very personal songs conveys special intimacy and authenticity thanks to the finely tuned Steinway Grand Piano "Manfred Bürki" (1901) - a precisely balanced SACD recording. Gustav Mahler (1860-1911).