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Alma Mahler (1879-1964): Lieder und Gesänge - Montanaro: Canto di Penelope / Catharina Kroeger, soprano; Monica Lonero, piano

Album Summary

>Mahler, Alma : Songs (5) for voice & piano (published 1910)
>Mahler, Alma : Songs (4) for voice & piano (published 1915)
>Mahler, Alma : Songs (5) for voice & piano (published 1924)
>Montanaro, Patrizia : Canto di Penelope, for soprano & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Alma Mahler-Werfel was born in Vienna 1879, the daughter of a soprano and a landscape painter. Her musical talent was soon recognized and she had lessons with a.o. Zemlinsky. In 1922 she married Gustav Mahler, who explicitly forbid her to continue her composing. Later however, seeing her withering, Mahler allowed her to publish a song cycle in 1910. Alma Mahler was a highly intelligent and cultured woman, surrounded by great artists like Klimt, Zemlinsky, Gropius and Werfel. Her salon in Vienna was the centre of high cultural life. After the war she settled in New York, where she became an iconic figure in the music scene till her death in 1964. Her songs reflect the Zeitgeist of composition: dramatic, brooding, the darkness occasionally lifted by visions of serenity and peace. These are beautiful performances by Catharina Kroeger and Monica Lonero, champions of neglected romantic music. As a bonus they perform a soprano-actress based work called "Penelope" by contemporary composer Patrizia Montanaro.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Digital Records, Rome, Italy (10/2014).



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Works Details

>Mahler, Alma : Songs (5) for voice & piano (published 1910)
  • Performers: Catharina Kroeger; Monica Lonero (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1910

>Mahler, Alma : Songs (4) for voice & piano (published 1915)
  • Performers: Catharina Kroeger; Monica Lonero (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1915

>Mahler, Alma : Songs (5) for voice & piano (published 1924)
  • Performers: Catharina Kroeger; Monica Lonero (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1924

>Montanaro, Patrizia : Canto di Penelope, for soprano & piano
  • Performers: Catharina Kroeger; Monica Lonero (Piano)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003