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Mahler - Kindertotenlieder; R Strauss - Tod und Verklarung | Munchner Philharmoniker 9305211296

Mahler - Kindertotenlieder; R Strauss - Tod und Verklarung

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Label: Munchner Philharmoniker

Cat No: 9305211296

Barcode: 0793052112967

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 17th November 2017

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Contents

Artists

Brigitte Fassbaender (mezzo-soprano)
Munchner Philharmoniker

Conductor

Sergiu Celibidache

Works

Mahler, Gustav

Kindertotenlieder

Strauss, Richard

Tod und Verklarung (Death and Transfiguration), op.24

Artists

Brigitte Fassbaender (mezzo-soprano)
Munchner Philharmoniker

Conductor

Sergiu Celibidache

About

The Munich Philharmonic and Sergiu Celibidache share an exceptional legacy. He started his work as principal conductor in 1979 and remained in this position for as long as 17 years. Sergiu Celibidache played an integral part in making the Munich Philharmonic what it is today: an orchestra of worldwide renown. Today the Munich Philharmonic is critically acclaimed internationally with hopelessly sold out concerts in Munich and the world.

On their recently launched label MPHIL, the Munich Philharmonic is opening up its vast archives, giving listeners the opportunity to enjoy one of the richest collections of recordings by legendary artists. Because of the Celibidache era and its part in forming the core essence of the orchestra, this first MPHIL physical archive release consists of two recordings under the baton of Maestro Celibidache.

The chosen repertoire on the album is Gustav Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, recorded 30 June 1983 at the Herkulessaal der Residenz, Munich and Richard Strauss’s Tod und Verklärung, recorded on 17 February 1979 also at the Herkulessaal der Residenz, Munich.

For a long time, Tod und Verklärung was the most popular of Richard Strauss’s early tone poems. It contains a wide range of memorable motifs subtly differentiated with the result that its music recurs whenever there is mention of death or transfiguration in Strauss’s later output. Together with the innocent tone and positively artificial naïveté of the poems that attracted Gustav Mahler as a composer and prompted him to compose the Kindertotenlieder, this thoughtfully curated pairing creates an altogether intimate character while revealing an astonishing wealth of colours.

Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder feature German mezzo-soprano Brigitte Fassbaender, who holds the prestigious title “Kammersängerin” from the Bavarian State Opera and the Vienna State Opera.

Reviews

The catalogue already has a couple of recordings of Mahler’s devastating song-cycle from that most devastating of singers, Brigitte Fassbaender. But this one, recorded live with Sergiu Celibidache in Munich in 1983 and now officially released in a new remastering on the Munich Philharmonic’s own label, might well lay claim to being the most compelling, the most deeply moving. It opens with a daringly slow account of ‘Nun will die Sonn’ so hell ausgehen’... It sets the tone of rapt concentration, of intense engagement with music that brings one deep into the heart of its painful, tender tragedy. ... The Strauss coupling is in many ways fascinating, with Celibidache here pushing the piece’s running time to half an hour... but it’s Fassbaender’s extraordinary Mahler that makes this an essential purchase.  Hugo Shirley
Gramophone March 2018

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