Mahler - Symphony No.4
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Label: Challenge Classics
Cat No: CC72659
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 10th November 2014
WorksDes Knaben Wunderhorn
ArtistsLisa Larsson (soprano)
Het Gelders Orkest
This hybrid SACD recording of Gustav Mahlerís Symphony No.4 comes from the internationally renowned Het Gelders Orchestra and its principal conductor Antonella Manacorda. The soloist in the last movement is the outstanding mezzo-soprano Lisa Larsson, who can also be heard on this disc performing three songs from Mahlerís song-cycle 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn'.
Gustav Mahlerís Fourth Symphony was completed in 1901. At first, Mahler had major plans for the piece. It was to be an extensive work of six movements, alternating vocal and instrumental parts, somewhat like the Third Symphony. But gradually the scope of the concept was reduced, with the work ending up as a four-movement piece for a considerably smaller orchestra than the composerís previous three symphonies. Only the final movement contains a vocal element, with a soprano singing the praises of heavenly eternity as seen through the eyes of a child.
As a founder-member, vice-president and concertmaster of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Antonello Manacorda has strong links with Gustav Mahlerís music. He was appointed Principal Conductor of the Kammerakademie in Potsdam in 2010, and took on the same role with the Het Gelders Orchestra in 2011. Manacorda has also been a regular guest conductor with many other orchestras, including the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the BBC Philharmonic and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Equally at home on the concert platform and the opera house, Lisa Larsson is known for her diversity as an artist. She has made guest appearances at most of the major European opera houses, including the Bavarian State Opera, the Royal Opera House in London and the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, as well as at the Salzburg Festival, the Lucerne Festival and the Glyndebourne Festival. She has released two recordings to date for Challenge Classics: the critically-acclaimed album ĎLadies Firstí (CC72622) which featured arias by Joseph Haydn, and ĎLa Captiveí (CC72639), a disc devoted to the music of Hector Berlioz.
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