Love And Longing (Ravel/Dvor k/Mahler)
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Of Ravel's three songs here, Kozena sails through with her lovely voice in the two brief ones, 'La flûte enchantée' and 'L'Indifférent.' The first and most substantial song, 'Asie', has many beautiful moments where Kozena is in her element, but some of the highest notes sound forced. Yet when singing what is arguably the emotional peak of the text - "Je voudrais voir mourir d'amour ou bien de haine" - she ends with a superb high note like a true soprano, though she's a mezzo.Read more ›
Kozená opens this recital with Dvo'ák's `Biblische Lieder', orchestrated by Vilém Zemánek, a cycle rarely heard until now: surely after audiences hear these very fascinating works the demand for performances will increase. These Ten Biblical Songs (Czech: Biblické Písn'), opus 99, (1894) form a song cycle based on various Psalms taken from the Czech-language Bible of Kralice, arranged and slightly modified by the composer. Kozená and Rattle make them burst alive and there are many treasureable moments here.
Kozená's voice is perfectly suited to the glorious Shéhérazade of Maurice Ravel. She finds the earthy rapture, sails the ascending and descending lines with such security that the only important aspect is the beauty of Ravel's setting of the poems of Tristan Klingsor (pseudonym of Léon Leclère, 1874-1966). Rattle and the Berliners shimmer exotically in support of Kozená's spinning of the web of intrigue this cycle represents.
The final cycle here is Gustav Mahler's orchestrated version of Rückert Lieder.Read more ›
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Dear friends, why the description of the CD says that the First of the Mahler's song was orchestrated by "Max Puttmann"? Wasn't orchestrated by Mahler himself? Read morePublished 8 months ago by Juan Cahis Llugany
Kender ikke indholdet! CD'en sad så stramt i etuiet, at CD'en flækkede, da den blev taget ud! Så jeg har indholdet af CD'en til gode.Published on July 28, 2012 by HA
Magdalena Kozena falls into a category of serious art-song singer that is increasingly rare. She has a warm, creamy mezzo that has luster and ear-appeal. Read morePublished on May 12, 2012 by Santa Fe Listener