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Mahler: Das Klagende Lied

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Audio CD, February 1, 1994
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This fine performance of the complete, three-part version of Mahler's early cantata offers solid conducting, fine singing, and a first-rate recording. Though it is not the last word in excitement, it would be a first recommendation if there were no competition. As things stand, however, there are finer versions by Kent Nagano (Erato) and Tilson Thomas (RCA). You won't be disappointed, but you can do even better. --David Hurwitz

Product Details

  • Performer: Joan Rodgers, Linda Finnie, Hans Peter Blochwitz, Robert Hayward
  • Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Choirs
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Composer: Gustav Mahler
  • Audio CD (February 1, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B000000ATY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #692,545 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. H. A. Jones on January 8, 2013
Format: Audio CD
This cantata - Mahler's Opus 1 - the composer describes as the work in which he found his true voice. It's an impressive work, well performed on this Chandos CD by Joan Rodgers (soprano), Linda Finnie (alto), Hans Peter Blochwitz (tenor) and Robert Hayward (baritone) as soloists, accompanied by the Bath Festival Chorus and the Waynflete Singers with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Richard Hickox. This impressive line-up of performers is fully vindicated by the quality of the work itself and the recording made in the Wessex Hall in Poole, Dorset, in 1993.

The title means `The sorrowful song' or `Song of lamentation'. The story concerns the sibling rivalry between two brothers to marry their `proud queen'. The elder brother murders his younger sibling and buries his body. But a wandering minstrel chances upon a bone from the corpse, shapes it into a flute which, when played, relates the story of its origins. This is a fairy tale of course, in the tradition of the Brothers Grimm and, more especially, Ludwig Bechstein. Many commentators believe that Mahler's interest in this theme stems from the death of his own younger brother Ernst in 1874, to whom he was particularly attached. The writing for soloists, chorus and orchestra gives an indication of the magnificent writing for these forces that was to follow later in the composer's career in the 3rd and 8th symphonies.
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