Mahler - Piano Quartet, 2 Song Cycles | Bel Air Music BAM2068

Mahler - Piano Quartet, 2 Song Cycles

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Label: Bel Air Music

Cat No: BAM2068

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 22nd March 2019

Contents

Artists

Qiulin Zhang (contralto)
Vladik Polinov (piano)
Da-Min Kim (violin)
Brice Duval (viola)
Xavier Chatillon (cello)
Musiciens de l’Orchestre de l’Opera de Marseille

Conductor

Jean Philippe Dambreville

Works

Mahler, Gustav

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer) (arr. Arnold Schoenberg)
Piano Quartet in A minor (single movement)
Ruckert-Lieder (5) (arr. Daniel Grossmann)

Artists

Qiulin Zhang (contralto)
Vladik Polinov (piano)
Da-Min Kim (violin)
Brice Duval (viola)
Xavier Chatillon (cello)
Musiciens de l’Orchestre de l’Opera de Marseille

Conductor

Jean Philippe Dambreville

About

Two Mahler song cycles coupled with his only surviving piece of chamber music, performed by mebers of L’Orchestre de l’Opera de Marseille, directed by Jean Philippe Dambreville, plus Vladik Polinov (piano), Da-Min Kim (violin), Brice Duval (viola), Xavier Chatillon (cello), recorded live in 2017.

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, orchestrated here by Arnold Schoenberg, is a song cycle by Mahler on his own texts. The cycle of four Lieder for medium voice was written around 1884–85 in the wake of Mahler’s unhappy love for soprano Johanna Richter, whom he met while conductor of the opera house in Kassel, Germany, and orchestrated and revised in the 1890s.

The Piano Quartet in A minor is an early work of Mahler’s, the intended first movement of a piano quartet that was apparently never completed. It is the only surviving piece of chamber music without voice composed by Mahler.

Rückert-Lieder is a song cycle of five Lieder for voice and orchestra or piano and based on poems written by Friedrich Rückert.

Educated in China and at the Toulouse Conservatory in France, award winning contralto Qiulin Zhang is widely known around the world’s opera houses for the rare quality of her voice and charisma on stage, allowing her to interpret such varied roles as Maddalena in Rigoletto, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Erda in Der Ring des Nibelungen, and the great German Lieder repertoire of Brahms, Schubert and Mahler, the latter represented on this disc with two song cycles.

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