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Mahler Totenfeier CD

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Vladimir Jurowski conducts works by Mahler, including Songs of a Wayfarer with soloist Sarah Connolly,


Conducted by Principal Artist Vladimir Jurowski, this CD includes Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer, written in the wake of an unhappy affair with a soprano, and the extraordinarily exciting and powerful Totenfeier, a strikingly original piece which was later reworked into the opening movement of his second symphony.

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Totenfeier

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen:
Wenn Mein Schatz Hochzeit Macht
Ging heut’ morgens übers Feld
Ich hab’ ein glühend Messer
Die zwei blauen Augen

Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Released 2012
Total Running Time: 39.12
Booklet text in German with English translation
Signum Classics SIGCD259

Recommended by theartsdesk.com and The Guardian:
“Jurowski’s wonderful orchestra play like angels, the narrow-bore brass incredibly present but never strident. Jurowski also understands the Mahler idiom, with elegant, restrained string portamenti in the work’s reflective moments. Magical.”

“The OAE’s period instruments emphasise its rawness, just as they point up the anguished detail of the accompaniments to the Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen, in which mezzo Sarah Connolly allows the words and Mahler’s treatment of them to speak for themselves, without unnecessary gilding.”

We spoke to Sarah Connolly to find out more about Mahler’s songs:

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2 Comments

  • How does ‘Todtenfeier’ — from 1888 — get to be “Mahler’s first foray into orchestral music”…? The First Symphony may have been started as early as 1884 — the same year as the orchestral ‘Der Trompeter von Säkkingen’ was produced…

    M.

    Mark D. Thu Oct 11 2012
  • Hi Mark- thanks for spotting that…

    oae Wed Nov 28 2012