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The Mahler Album | Channel Classics CCSSA31511

The Mahler Album

£16.33

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Label: Channel Classics

Cat No: CCSSA31511

Barcode: 0723385315117

Format: Hybrid SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 14th November 2011

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About

A quartet for string orchestra! That sounds strange to you. I already know all the objections that will be raised: ruination of intimacy, of individuality. But that is an error. What I intend is only an ideal representation of the quartet. Chamber music is primarily written for the living room. It is really enjoyed only by the performers. The four ladies and gentlemen who sit at their music stands are also the audience towards which this music turns. If chamber music is transferred to the concert hall, this intimacy is already lost. But even more is lost. In a large space the four voices are lost and do not speak to the listener with the power that the composer wanted to give them. I give them this power by strengthening the voices. I unravel the expansion that is dormant in the voices and give the sounds wings.” Thus wrote Mahler in an open letter in the Viennese newspaper Die Wage in January 1899 (from: liner notes by Willem de Bordes).

Amsterdam Sinfonietta is an ensemble of 22 gifted musicians who perform under the direction of Candida Thompson, artistic director/lead violin since 2003. The ensemble’s defining feature is the strong involvement and artistic drive of each individual member. The group has gained a reputation for distinguished performances and innovative programming, often featuring surprising combinations of works. It collaborates with renowned artists and performs in major venues throughout the world.

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