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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde / Peter Wedo, Jane Irwin

Album Summary

>Mahler, Gustav : Das Lied von der Erde
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Last year's Mahler In Manchester festival was "a sensory experience like no other," according to the Sunday Times, not least for the Manchester Camerata's revelatory performance of Das Lied von der Erde in the scaled-down chamber version by Schoenberg. The chamber arrangement came about through Schoenberg's Vienna-based Association for Private Musical Performances, founded in 1918. Conducted by Douglas Boyd, Manchester Camerata's performance of this transcription loses nothing of the astonishing sonic allure of the original - an ideal memento of an enlightening festival celebrating the music of Mahler.

International Record Review
Even in chamber dress, mezzo-soprano Jane Irwin and the Manchester team capture its progress from objective narration to personal vision with rapt and compelling intensity...The arrangement undoubtedly takes on a life of its own. It refracts this great masterwork through a different prism lending its own special insights, and this performance is a comprehensive realization of its considerable merits.

Sunday Times
Schoenberg and Riehn make full use of the array of colours at their command. The tenor Peter Wedd, though powerful, shows himself capable of tender intimacy, while the mezzo Jane Irwin gives a moving account of the final Der Abschied. The Camerata play with distinction under the intelligent shaping of Douglas Boyd.

Classic FM Magazine
Manchester Camerata's nuanced, expertly balanced performance imbues the many oriental inflections with vivid brightness...Wedd meets head-one the high-lying heldentenor challenges of 'Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde'. His strong tenor is commanding and intense in the vigorous animated passages, and equally arresting in the softer moments. A fresh-sounding interpretation awash with dramatic and tonal colour.

BBC Music Magazine
The arrangement works remarkably well...This performance under the greatly gifted Douglas Boyd is impressive...in this recording many interesting details come to light, and the soloists are both fine, without being overtaxed in the way that almost everyone is in the full orchestral version.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Bridgewater Hall (01/2010).


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Works Details

>Mahler, Gustav : Das Lied von der Erde
  • Performers: Jane Irwin (Mezzo Soprano); Peter Wedd (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Douglas Boyd
  • Ensemble: Manchester Camerata
  • Running Time: 59 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1908-1909
  • Studio/Live: Live