Mahler - Symphony no.4, Das Lied von der Erde, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen | Australian Eloquence ELQ4828147

Mahler - Symphony no.4, Das Lied von der Erde, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4828147

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 9th March 2018

Contents

Artists

Margaret Ritchie (soprano)
Eugenia Zareska (mezzo-soprano)
Nan Merriman (contralto)
Ernst Haefliger (tenor)
Concertgebouworkest
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Eduard van Beinum

Works

Mahler, Gustav

Das Lied von der Erde
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer)
Symphony no.4 in G major

Artists

Margaret Ritchie (soprano)
Eugenia Zareska (mezzo-soprano)
Nan Merriman (contralto)
Ernst Haefliger (tenor)
Concertgebouworkest
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Eduard van Beinum

About

The complete Decca-recorded legacy of an illustrious Mahlerian, newly remastered, with several recordings receiving their first international CD release on Decca.

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra lays claim to the closest and longest relationship with the music of Mahler. It was a relationship nurtured by the friendship between the composer and the orchestraís second music director, Willem Mengelberg, and one which has endured to this day. Eduard van Beinum succeeded Mengelberg in 1945, and he was a reluctant Mahlerian to begin with, unwilling to step in the footsteps of his predecessor and unnerved by what he saw as the neurotic element in Mahlerís music.

Nonetheless, as the new and detailed account of Van Beinumís work with this music makes clear in the accompanying booklet, he was never less than a sympathetic and committed interpreter of what he did choose to perform. In 1946, not long after signing as a Decca artist, he recorded Mahlerís formative song-cycle, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, though not in Amsterdam but with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Polish mezzo-soprano Eugenia Zareska. Back at home in the Netherlands, there followed in 1952 the Fourth Symphony, Mahlerís most Classically formed work and therefore one well suited to Van Beinumís musical temperament. The delicacy and refinement of this recording made it an instant classic, and one reissued on countless budget labels ever since, an instructive counterpoise to Mengelbergís much more extrovert account.

Four years later Van Beinum set down Das Lied von der Erde, another outlier in the composerís output to the extent that the music rewards virtues of reserve and restraint more than traditionally Mahlerian transports of agony and ecstasy. With responsive singing from the tenor Ernst Haefliger and, in particular, the mezzo-soprano Nan Merriman, this recording was also quickly recognised as claiming a very select high ground, occupied at the time only by Ferrier, Walter and the VPO. Merriman was then the soloist for Van Beinumís last Mahler recording, a remake of Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. All four recordings are now compiled together on Decca for the first time.

ĎNan Merrimanís version of the Songs of a Wayfarer is the best in the current catalogue.í - High Fidelity, November 1957

ĎThe finest performance is Eduard van Beinumís. Van Beinum imparts a sense of inevitable growth to the first movement, sharply defines the moods of the second, and is one of the few conductors not to allow the slowest parts of the third to run away.í - (Symphony No.4) High Fidelity, October 1967

ĎThis is a simply stupendous account of Das Lied. Even given that this is a monaural recording, how has it possibly ever been allowed to slip out of print for even a day?í
- Fanfare, September/October 2017

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