Notes & Reviews:
Between 1892 and 1901, Gustav Mahler composed the orchestral songs of 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn', set to texts from a collection of German folk poetry of the same name. "This new recording of Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn is exemplary on several planes. The pairing of baritone Dietrich Henschel and soprano Sarah Connolly provides a delicious interplay between the songs' youthful directness and tender delicacy. Henschel himself captures the grotesque irony of the opening Revelge with alarming abandon. There's plenty magic, too, thanks to conductor Philippe Herreweghe, who elicits a truly electrifying clarity from the Orchestre des Champs-Elysees's playing." -The Scotsman (UK) "Connolly's beautiful low liquid mezzo has a dark beauty that heightens the tragic element in the folk poetry." -The Times (UK)
Herreweghe's keenly judged tempi and delicate, chamber-like way with the orchestral part... allows us, in a well ventilated recording, to hear every detail of the magical score finely played by the conductor's own orchestra. ... Dietrich Henschel... brings to the dramatic songs a lively feeling for the texts and a vocal brio that places him among the most convincing male advocates in this work. ...Henschel's partner is the admirably alert and warm-toned Sarah Connolly.
The Daily Telegraph
Sarah Connolly, with her glowing, supple mezzo and unaffected directness, is well-nigh ideal
BBC Music Magazine
The two singers have here superb voices, and Philip Herreweghe's accompaniments leave almost nothing to be desired...
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Works DetailsMahler, Gustav : Des Knaben Wunderhorn
- Performers: Dietrich Henschel (Baritone); Sarah Connolly
- Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
- Ensemble: Champs-Élysées Orchestra
- Running Time: 6 min. 46 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Vocal
- Written: ?/?1892-07/1898