Mahler: Songs with Orchestra

Mahler: Songs with Orchestra

by Thomas Hampson
     
 
Compared to his expansive, intensely wrought symphonies, Gustav Mahler's lyrical and picturesque songs are much less frequently performed and recorded, so the appearance of a truly exceptional album is sure to get the attention of devoted fans. Michael Tilson Thomas has released splendid recordings of several of the symphonies, but in this 2010 release he turns his

Overview

Compared to his expansive, intensely wrought symphonies, Gustav Mahler's lyrical and picturesque songs are much less frequently performed and recorded, so the appearance of a truly exceptional album is sure to get the attention of devoted fans. Michael Tilson Thomas has released splendid recordings of several of the symphonies, but in this 2010 release he turns his attention to the "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen," the "Rückert-Lieder," and selections from the vocal collection "Des Knaben Wunderhorn," which are sung close to perfection by soprano Susan Graham and baritone Thomas Hampson, and accompanied with grace by the extraordinary San Francisco Symphony. Some listeners find these works more accessible and appealing than the symphonies because Mahler's text settings are focused, evocative, and quite easy to grasp, and the shorter duration of these highly expressive pieces is easier on those who find the symphonies excessively long and long-winded. Tilson Thomas is completely at home in Mahler's oeuvre, so there really is no discernable difference in the way he handles the orchestra in the songs or the symphonies, and admirers of his work will be impressed with his control and clarity. Graham and Hampson are among the most accomplished singers going, and their warmth and melodic smoothness are wholly appropriate to the gentleness and longing of Mahler's songs. The live DSD recording on ths SACD is clear and spacious, so a realistic concert sound is re-created.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2010
Label:
Sfs Media
UPC:
0821936003626
catalogNumber:
60036
Rank:
126599

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Tracks

  1. Des Knaben Wunderhorn, song cycle (12) for voice & piano (or orchestra): Urlicht  - Gustav Mahler  - Michael Tilson Thomas  - Dennis Collins  - Susan Graham  - Thomas Hampson  -  San Francisco Symphony  - Alan Trugman  - Larry Rothe
  2. Des Knaben Wunderhorn, song cycle (12) for voice & piano (or orchestra): Revelge  - Gustav Mahler  - Michael Tilson Thomas  - Dennis Collins  - Susan Graham  - Thomas Hampson  -  San Francisco Symphony  - Alan Trugman  - Larry Rothe
  3. Des Knaben Wunderhorn, song cycle (12) for voice & piano (or orchestra): Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen  - Gustav Mahler  - Michael Tilson Thomas  - Dennis Collins  - Susan Graham  - Thomas Hampson  -  San Francisco Symphony  - Alan Trugman  - Larry Rothe
  4. Des Knaben Wunderhorn, song cycle (12) for voice & piano (or orchestra): Der Tembourg'sell  - Gustav Mahler  - Michael Tilson Thomas  - Dennis Collins  - Susan Graham  - Thomas Hampson  -  San Francisco Symphony  - Alan Trugman  - Larry Rothe
  5. Des Knaben Wunderhorn, song cycle (12) for voice & piano (or orchestra): Lied des Verfolgten im Turm  - Gustav Mahler  - Michael Tilson Thomas  - Dennis Collins  - Susan Graham  - Thomas Hampson  -  San Francisco Symphony  - Alan Trugman  - Larry Rothe
  6. Rückert Lieder, song collection for voice & piano (or orchestra)  - Gustav Mahler  - Michael Tilson Thomas  - Dennis Collins  - Susan Graham  - Thomas Hampson  - Friedrich Rückert  -  San Francisco Symphony  - Alan Trugman  - Larry Rothe
  7. Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)  - Gustav Mahler  - Michael Tilson Thomas  - Gustav Mahler  - Dennis Collins  - Susan Graham  - Thomas Hampson  -  San Francisco Symphony  - Alan Trugman  - Larry Rothe

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