Mahler - Song Cycles | Pentatone PTC5186576

Mahler - Song Cycles

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Label: Pentatone

Cat No: PTC5186576

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 7th July 2017



Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano)
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra


Marc Albrecht


Mahler, Gustav

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer)
Ruckert-Lieder (5)


Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano)
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra


Marc Albrecht


Marc Albrecht conducts the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra with the acclaimed mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in a persuasive new recording of Mahler’s incomparable orchestral song cycles Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Kindertotenlieder and the Rückert- Lieder.

Richly lyrical, poignant and soul searching, Mahler’s orchestral songs deal with the familiar themes of love, life, resignation and loss, exquisitely realised on an orchestral canvas which combines haunting and compelling sonorities with strident, unsettling dissonances. While not as ambitious as his symphonies, they are as deeply-felt and often regarded as the key to the larger-scale works.

The eloquent sadness of the Kindertotenlieder is expressed though the rather bare orchestration and the entrancing use of solo instruments, culminating in a blissfully serene conclusion. With Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, the restless mood swings are matched with fluctuating, vividly textured orchestral colours. And for the most lyrical song cycle, the Rückert-Lieder, the delicately woven orchestral textures are ravishing in their effect, especially in the incomparable Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen, a song of which Mahler said “It is truly me”.

“What makes Albrecht’s Mahler so unique? His approach has integrity, is intelligent and sensitive … Albrecht leads the Mahler that makes you love Mahler.”
- NRC Handelsblad


Her mezzo is rich and multicoloured, imbued with an intrinsic intensity and emotional complexity.  James Jolly
Gramophone July 2017
... the height, depth and naturalness of the typically superb Pentatone engineering highlight like no analogue recording could the perfect tonal match between the singer and the many vocal woodwind solos with which she has to mesh. ... Pretty much the ideal...  David Nice
BBC Music Magazine November 2017

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