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Mahler: Kindertotenlieder, Ruckert-Lieder / Meier, Maazel Import

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Blicke mir nicht in die LiederWaltraud Meier 1:25Album Only
listen  2. Rückert-Lieder (Text: Friedrich Rückert): Ich atmet einen linden DuftWaltraud Meier 2:58Album Only
listen  3. Rückert-Lieder (Text: Friedrich Rückert): Um MitternachtWaltraud Meier 5:59Album Only
listen  4. Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommenWaltraud Meier 6:23Album Only
listen  5. Rückert-Lieder (Text: Friedrich Rückert): Liebst du um SchönheitWaltraud Meier 1:59Album Only
listen  6. Kindertotenlieder (Text: nach Friedrich Rückert): Nun will die Sonn' so hell aufgeh'nWaltraud Meier 5:36Album Only
listen  7. Kindertotenlieder (Text: nach Friedrich Rückert): Nun seh' ich wohl, warum so dunkle FlammenWaltraud Meier 4:31Album Only
listen  8. Kindertotenlieder (Text: nach Friedrich Rückert): Wenn dein MütterleinWaltraud Meier 4:33Album Only
listen  9. Kindertotenlieder (Text: nach Friedrich Rückert): Oft denk' ich, sie sind nur ausgegangenWaltraud Meier 3:06Album Only
listen10. Kindertotenlieder (Text: nach Friedrich Rückert): In diesem WetterWaltraud Meier 6:23Album Only
listen11. Lieder aus "Des Knaben Wunderhorn": RheinlegendchenWaltraud Meier 3:13Album Only
listen12. Lieder aus "Des Knaben Wunderhorn": Das irdische LebenWaltraud Meier 2:26Album Only
listen13. Lieder aus "Des Knaben Wunderhorn": Wo die schönen Trompeten blasenWaltraud Meier 7:27Album Only
listen14. Lieder aus "Des Knaben Wunderhorn": Des Antonius von Padua FischpredigtWaltraud Meier 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony
  • Conductor: Lorin Maazel
  • Composer: Gustav Mahler
  • Audio CD (February 9, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: RCA Victor Europe
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000I0M3
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #546,688 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Given Mahler's status as a constructor of vast symphonies, the significance of Schubert and the art-song tradition within his musical formation tends to be overlooked. Certainly this strain of songwriting is present in many of the symphonies--most overtly in the earlier ones. But it's particularly obvious in Mahler's settings of the German Romantic poet Friedrich Rückert, for whom Schubert himself showed an affinity in his own choice of lieder texts. This marvelous recording captures both the richly expressive detail and the structural mastery with which Mahler synthesized poetry and music in his two song cycles based on Rückert.

Waltraud Meier's distinctive, dark-hued timbre underscores the sense of gravity and hard-won vision as the Kindertotenlieder attempt to come to terms with the loss of children. Well-known for her portrayal of Kundry in Parsifal, Meier's Wagnerian background ensures a sense of brooding drama--particularly in the implacable rhythm of "Wenn dein Mutterlein" and the anxious, metaphoric storm of "In diesem Wetter"--but she also sings with the moving intimacy that is essential for the world Mahler creates: the act of self-address here serves to intensify the experience of private grief. Meier blends her voice superbly with the plaintive, delicately scored wind lines. She and Lorin Maazel--his sense for the right tempo and textural balance unerring--together give shape to the cycle's emotional progression. At times there's a harshness to Meier's upper range, as well as an unwelcome heaviness (as in the last of the four Wunderhorn selections that fill out the disc). But her deep empathy with each song's meaning has tremendous payoff, above all in the sustained incandescence she brings to "Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen" from the Rückert-Lieder, perhaps the single most beautiful of all Mahler's songs. --Thomas May

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Tietjen on January 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
My favorite female Wagnerian, Waltraud Meier's considerable strengths have never included pure vocal beauty. But she lends a different kind of beauty to these songs, altogether preferable to some nightingale cheerfully singing through the Songs on the Death of Children, or, worse, a soprano sobbing and choking her way through some of Mahler's finest songs. Meier's emotionalism runs much deeper. Lorin Maazel's conducting is superb; he and Meier have worked together often on recordings, and they seem to have built an artistic rapport with one another.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karl W. Nehring on July 24, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Meier and Maazel turn in unfussy, straightforward performances of these works, and those adjectives pretty well some up the sonic quality, too. The liner notes contain the lyrics in both German and English. This is an excellent modern recording of these song cycles that would make a fine first choice for the collector new to this delightful repertoire.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Waltraud's reputation as a dramatic actress in the opera house extends to her ability to dramatize Mahler's songs, but even so, there are big problems here, beginning with the conductor. Maazel made a premium-priced cycle of Mahler symphonies on Sony with the matchless Vienna Phil, but even they couldn't salvage wayward performances that were savaged by the critics (except for the Fourth, which rather oddly became a critics' darling). Maazel is glib, shallow, and stiff in Mahler, three defects that are fatal. They certainly prove to be here, and Meier's rather curdled voice is no friend to Mahler's rich emotionality either. Despite many touches of artistry, I simply don't find her right in Mahler, either in these song cycles or in Das Lied von der Erde. Meier's many fans will feel free to disagree.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Diego Montanes on November 29, 2006
Format: Audio CD
In a few words: Maazel shows a personal idea of each work in this album, and that is commendable. The orchestra sounds pure and committed to the task. As for Mrs. Meier... well, her voice sounds bad; she tries to give emotion, though. If you are going to make a first approach to these works, move swiftly to another version. If this is going to be one among many others, go for it.
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