Mahler - Complete Wunderhorn Songs
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Label: EPR Classic
Cat No: EPRC013
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 18th November 2013
WorksDes Knaben Wunderhorn
Lieder und Gesange aus der Jugendzeit, Book 2
Lieder und Gesange aus der Jugendzeit, Book 3
ArtistsDietrich Henschel (baritone)
Boris Berezovsky (piano)
The performance of the complete Wunderhorn Lieder requires an artist who understands the musical and vocal import of these songs, but also their dramatic content. What is needed, therefore, is a singer-actor. And on this album Dietrich Henschel is the one. A major talent of Henschel's is to extend his theatrical abilities to the lied recital.
Mahler's piano versions of the Wunderhorn lieder represent the sole option for those desirous to record the complete set, but the piano option is not a negative choice. According to Donald Mitchell, "the orchestra is there, locked with the piano accompaniments and struggling to get out". The piano versions are so suggestive of the orchestral texture and colouring, and they are so much more transparent with respect to Mahler's contrapuntal interlacing, that nothing is lost in the hands of a good piano player.
This is where Boris Berezovsky enters the picture. Boris has performed in the most prestigious concert series of our time, and he is reputed for his colourfully grandiose playing which is just the thing to show the orchestral sonorities and textures. Since Mahler’s orchestral lied settings do not always converge with a singer’s needs (or rather: since few orchestras know how to tailor their performance to a singer’s needs), the piano version is a more viable alternative, if it is performed by a player who knows to bring out both the grandeur and the poetry in Mahler’s music.
3. Starke Einbildungskraft
4. Ich ging mit Lust durch einen grünen Wald
5. Scheiden und Meiden
6. Der Schildwache Nachtlied
7. Aus! Aus!
8. Zu Strassburg auf der Schanz'
9. Lied des Verfolgten im Turm
10. Verlor'ne Müh'
12. Trost im Unglück
13. Der Tamboursg'sell
14. Ablösung im Sommer
15. Das irdische Leben
16. Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt
17. Um schlimme Kinder artig zu machen
18. Nicht wiedersehen!
19. Es sungen drei Engel einen süssen Gesang
20. Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht?
21. Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen
22. Lob des hohen Verstandes
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