Boulez: Mahler - Lieder (FLAC)
Boulez: Mahler - Lieder (FLAC)

Performer: Thomas Quasthoff, Violeta Urmana, Anne Sofie von Otter
Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Composer: Gustav Mahler
Audio CD
SPARS Code: DDD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks+cue)
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Size: 210 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

# Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
Composed by Gustav Mahler
Performed by Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
with Thomas Quasthoff
Conducted by Pierre Boulez

# Rückert Lieder, song collection for voice & piano (or orchestra)
Composed by Gustav Mahler
Performed by Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
with Violeta Urmana
Conducted by Pierre Boulez

# Kindertotenlieder, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
Composed by Gustav Mahler
Performed by Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
with Anne Sofie von Otter
Conducted by Pierre Boulez

01. Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen – Wenn Mein Schatz Hochzeit Macht
02. Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen – Ging Heut’ Morgen Übers Feld
03. Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen – Ich Hab’ Ein Glühend Messer
04. Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen – Die Zwei Blauen Augen Von Meinem Schatz
05. Rückert-Lieder – Blicke Mir Nicht In Die Lieder
06. Rückert-Lieder – Ich Atmet’ Einen Linden Duft
07. Rückert-Lieder – Liebst Du Um Schönheit
08. Rückert-Lieder – Ich Bin Der Welt Abhanden Gekommen
09. Rückert-Lieder – Um Mitternacht
10. Kindertotenlieder – Nun Will Die Sonn’ So Hell Aufgeh’n
11. Kindertotenlieder – Nun Seh’ Ich Wohl, Warum So Dunkle Flammen
12. Kindertotenlieder – Wenn Dein Mütterlein
13. Kindertotenlieder – Oft Denk’ Ich, Sie Sind Nur Ausgegangen
14. Kindertotenlieder – In Diesem Wetter

Three of Mahler’s Song Cycles, Three Artists, One Conductor

Pierre Boulez, now in his eighties, has become not only a master of orchestral score clarity: Boulez has also become a poet of the Romantic repertoire. The three beloved song cycles of Gustav Mahler here performed are among Mahler’s most tender statements and Boulez allows all of the beauty and anguish to flow unfettered under his leadership.

The brilliant Thomas Quasthoff offers one of the most exquisitely sung ‘Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen’ ever recorded. His voice is lush and rich and seamless and he maintains his high level of musicality while becoming utterly absorbed in the poetry of the lyrics. The result is ravishingly beautiful.

Violeta Urmana follows him singing the ‘Ruckert Lieder’ with somewhat of a light voice until she reaches the ‘Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen’ when she settles into not only a lovely vocal bloom but a sense of emotional commitment. She continues this mood through the final ‘Um Mitternacht’.

And then the stage belongs to Anne Sofie von Otter for ‘Kindertotenlieder’. With Boulez she creates magic out of these mournful songs. This is one of the best performances we’re likely to hear for a while.

In the end it is to Boulez’ credit that he selected the soloists and placed the order of songs and of course conducts the entire ensemble (the Vienna Philharmonic is the orchestra) with expressive brio. Highly recommended. Grady Harp

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