Clytemnestra: R Samuel, Mahler, Berg
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Cat No: BIS2408
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 3rd January 2020
WorksOrchesterlieder (5) nach Ansichtskartentexten von Peter Altenberg, op.4
Clytemnestra for soprano and orchestra
ArtistsRuby Hughes (soprano)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
ConductorJac van Steen
For his Rückert-Lieder, Mahler selected five highly intimate and subtle poems by the great Romantic poet Friedrich Rückert, using his large orchestral forces sparingly in a chamber music style. Ten years later, in 1911, Berg found his texts closer at hand as he set contemporary poems by Peter Altenberg, one of the main proponents of Viennese impressionism. Berg's advanced harmonic language caused a scandal at the first performance in 1913, and the songs were only performed in their entirety in 1952, sixteen years after Berg’s death. For Clytemnestra, finally, Rhian Samuel assembled her own text, based on Aeschylus’s tragedy Agamemnon and focusing on Clytemnestra’s deep anguish at the death of her daughter and her need for revenge. Bringing this wide spectrum of human emotions to life, Ruby Hughes is supported by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conductor Jac van Steen.
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