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Mahler: Totenfeier; Songs of a Wayfarer / Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano. Jurowski

Album Summary

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection"
>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In this live recording from the Royal Festival Hall the OAE shines its musical torch into the realms of some later repertoire, shedding new light on the music of Mahler. Conducted by Principal Artist Vladimir Jurowski, this CD includes Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer), written in the wake of an unhappy affair with a soprano, and the extraordinarily exciting and powerful Totenfeier, Mahler's first foray into orchestral music, and later reworked into the opening movement of his second symphony.

The Times, 29th September 2012
Rich, ardent singing of Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen.

The Independent, 3rd November 2012
[Totenfeier is] an intriguing piece, rendered here with typical panache by the Orchestra of The Age of Enlightenment, and accompanied by Sarah Connolly's poised delivery of Mahler's four "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen".

The Arts Desk, 17th November 2012
Jurowski's wonderful orchestra play like angels, the narrow-bore brass incredibly present but never strident. Jurowski also understands the Mahler idiom, with elegant, restrained string portamenti in the work's reflective moments. Magical. And so is Sarah Connolly's vocal in the Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen, her voice perfectly attuned to the colours made by the OAE's winds.

The Guardian, 22nd November 2012
The OAE's period instruments emphasise [Totenfeier]'s rawness, just as they point up the anguished detail of the accompaniments to the Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen, in which mezzo Sarah Connolly allows the words and Mahler's treatment of them to speak for themselves, without unnecessary gilding.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2012
While Connolly's dark vocal hues fully convey Mahler's melancholy, her singing offers few of the glimpses of joy that ultimately makes the music far more tragic. Beyond that, however, the OAE provide something all too rare in the Mahler catalogue...this is a recognisable portrait of Mahler as a young man, rather than an elder composer of 10 symphonies looking backwards.

International Record Review, December 2012
The sound of even so vast an array of period instruments in full cry is slimmer than a modern orchestra but it has a clarity and visceral impact in this live recording that is startlingly effective...[Connolly] is very fine indeed, sailing effortlessly into her upper register but always with a rich and creamy sound.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2013
Jurowski brings Mahler's tragic worlds - both cosmic and human - alive with incomparable vividness...Details leaps out in the fine balance of the Wayfarer Songs, too. Sarah Connolly holds her own against the orchestra's briefly raised voice here...but finds all the introspection Mahler could wish for as bright morning ebbs away in the second song.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London (01/21/2011).


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Works Details

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection"
  • Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Running Time: 22 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: circa 1888

>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
  • Performer: Sarah Connolly
  • Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
  • Running Time: 15 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1883-1885