Mahler - Symphony no.3, Kindertotenlieder
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Cat No: SBT21422
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 28th April 2008
BBC Symphony Orchestra
ConductorsSir Adrian Boult
The performance of Kindertotenlieder with Kathleen Ferrier and the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam conducted by Otto Klemperer took place in the Concertgebouw Hall on the 12 July 1951. Mahler had died forty years earlier, and this was a commemorative concert in which the main work was the 2nd Symphony. Kathleen Ferrier, who sang in both compositions, would herself be a memory only two and a quarter years later, at just 41. Already, at the time of this event, the first signs of cancer had appeared, and the brilliant young star whose career was ascending so brightly when she sang in the first British performance of Mahler’s 3rd Symphony four years earlier was doomed. It is hard not to think of that fatal stroke of destiny and the courageous way she faced her impending demise when listening to her realisation of the deeply poignant music that Gustav Mahler composed when he set Friedrich Rückert’s poems on the death of children.
from the booklet note © Jon Tolansky, 2008
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