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C 925 161 B

Mahler-Szenen 1

Strauß (Sohn) • Mahler

Orfeo • 1 CD • 77min

Order No.: C 925 161 B


J. Strauß (Sohn): Schatz-Walzer op. 418
J. Strauß (Sohn): Kaiserwalzer op. 437
G. Mahler: Symphony No. 4 G major for Soprano and large Orchestra


Christiane Karg (Sopran)
Renaud Capuçon (Violine)
Katja Lämmermann (Violine)
Antoine Tamestit (Viola)
Clemens Hagen (Violoncello)
Alois Posch (Kontrabass)
Magali Mosnier (Flöte)
Sebastian Manz (Klarinette)
Albrecht Mayer (Oboe)
Herbert Schuch (Klavier)
Gereon Kleiner (Harmonium)
Leonhard Schmidinger (Schlagzeug)
Martin Grubinger (Schlagzeug)

Mahler-Szenen 1

The fact that this rare gem was considered lost C 925 161 B
C 925 161 B
and was only brought back into the repertory in 1993 thanks to a great deal of effort is astounding (even more so considering the relative success it has enjoyed since that time): a chamber-music version of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony by the Schoenberg pupil Erwin Stein for his “society for private performances of music”. The work was reconstructed from Erwin Stein’s notes in his score of the original symphony and his correspondence with Schoenberg. A tonally pleasing piece in itself, it also gives valuable insight into the compositional structure of the original – and provides a creative contribution towards imagining the relationship between two highly important composers: after all, while the circle around Schoenberg truly venerated Gustav Mahler, he in turn took an active and certainly respectful interest in the new paths that Schoenberg had embarked upon. What a fitting contribution to, slightly quirky, yet idiomatically highly suitable, distorted Strauss waltzes by Webern and Schoenberg as “the icing on the cake”. All played by an incomparable “all-star ensemble” featuring Renaud Capuçon, Antoine Tamestit, Clemens Hagen, Magali Mosnier, Sebastian Manz, Albrecht Mayer, Herbert Schuch, Martin Grubinger among others! They are joined in the last movement of the Mahler symphony by Christiane Karg, singing of “the Mahler anniversary year of 2011, marking the centenary of his death! This is matched by two irresistible heavenly joys” ...

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