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  • Mahler: Das Klagende Lied (The Fiddlers Child) (Teresa Cahill/ Janet Baker/ Robert Tear/ BBC Singers/ BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/ Gennadi Rozhdestvensky) (ICA Classics: ICAC 5080)
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Mahler: Das Klagende Lied (The Fiddlers Child) (Teresa Cahill/ Janet Baker/ Robert Tear/ BBC Singers/ BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/ Gennadi Rozhdestvensky) (ICA Classics: ICAC 5080) Original recording remastered

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  • Conductor: Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
  • Composer: Mahler, Janáek
  • Audio CD (3 Sept. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: ICA Classics
  • ASIN: B008KA6MWC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 354,714 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Das klagende Lied: Part I: Waldmachen (Forest Legend)Teresa Cahill28:10Album Only
Listen  2. Das klagende Lied: Part II: Der Spielmann (The Minstrel)Teresa Cahill15:50Album Only
Listen  3. Das klagende Lied: Part III: Hochzeitsstuck (Wedding Piece)Teresa Cahill18:37Album Only
Listen  4. Sumarovo dite (The Fiddler's Child), JW VI/14BBC Symphony Orchestra14:27Album Only

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Only the most eminent and respected Russian musicians were allowed extensive foreign tours in the early 1960s, and Gennadi Rozhdestvensky was awarded this status. He appeared several times in Britain, mainly with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and at Covent Garden. In 1971, he conducted the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra at the Proms. Rozhdestvensky became Artistic Director of the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (197477 & 199195), and principal conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra (197881) and Vienna Symphony Orchestra (198082). He worked with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chicago and Cleveland orchestras. He also is the honorary conductor of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. Rozhdestvensky was the first Russian-born conductor to perform and record all Mahlers symphonies in his country. Mahlers Das klagende Lied is a rarity and here is performed live, complete in the original three-part edition The performance was reviewed by Gramophone magazine as follows: Rozhdestvenskys highly dramatic account of Mahlers three-movement drama. The recording was first issued in 1995 but deleted shortly afterwards with the demise of BBC Radio Classics. The ICA version has been completely remastered, restoring the wide dynamics of Rozhdestvenskys magnificent performance. The distinguished soloists feature Dame Janet Baker, one of the greatest Mahler interpreters of the twentieth century. The CD also features another rarity Janaceks The Fiddlers Child from the 1979 Prague Festival. This live recording has never been issued before and is Rozdestvenskys only taping of the work. Rozhdestvenskys recordings of Tchaikovskys Symphony No.4 (ICAC 5035) and Holsts The Planets (ICAC 5053) have received great critical acclaim.


Rozhdestvensky at his most persusive and disciplined here. --IRR, Nov'12

Rozhdestvensky's simmering, idiomatic prom account of Mahler's early cantata is a real contender.Janacek's Fiddler s child is a useful bonus. **** --BBC Music Magazine, Feb'13

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By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Dec. 2012
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Janet Baker makes a thrilling contribution to this performance of Das Klagende Lied, well recorded at the Proms but with the soloists a little too forward for my taste. Rozhdestvensky really opens up the score (or is it the acoustic?) and I was surprised to find his timings were not significantly longer than others. Overall, I was unable to believe that Das Klagende Lied isn't a bit long-winded; actually, it got me thinking of Bartok's The Wooden Prince - a simple fairy tale but one where the composer found it necessary to use the orchestra as battering ram. There must be a simpler and more affecting way of presenting this folk tale of fratricide and a singing bone...

And that, once the Prommers had died down, was where Janacek's 15min tone poem came in. The Fiddler's Child. I already had a recording but had never noticed it much. Rozhdestvensky's performance is totally captivating, more ingratiating than the Mahler on this occasion.

So, for a library version of the Mahler you could hardly do better, but the absence of texts and translations in the booklet is a big letdown. The Janacek, despite its brevity, upstages the bigger piece.
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An exciting live Klagende Lied to rival the best 13 Sept. 2012
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on
At a time, now long past, when only a few Soviet conductors traveled West, Rozhdestvensky established himself as a London favorite; he led the BBC Sym. briefly as chief conductor from 1978-81. As a memento of those years, ICA has coupled tow live performances: Mahler's early Das Klagende Lied from 1981 in Royal Albert Hall and Janacek's rarely heard The Fiddler's Child, from Prague in 1979, when the orchestra was on tour at the city's Spring Festival. The label has taken up the torch from BBC Legends, which seems to have run its course, releasing estimable concert recordings from the BBC's infinite archives.

The Mahler is done in its three-part original version rather than the two-part reduction that the composer finally settled on. Mahler felt ambivalent about this early quasi-cantata, and it's true that the flashes of Mahlerian genius are intermittent. With time any number of excellent recordings have emerged, especially those from Rattle, Boulez, and Chailly, so the score isn't lacking in that department. The chief appeal here is Rozhdestvensky's exciting response in concert and the appearance of Robert Tear and Janet Baker in the vocal ensemble. Actually, the stars are aligned in every respect: the chorus and orchestra are in superb form, too, and the spirit of occasion from that year's Proms is palpable. The BBC thought enough of the reading to issue it briefly on CD in the mid-Nineties.

Also notable is Rozhdestvensky's status as a Mahler conductor; he was the first conductor to lead the complete symphonies in Russia. I tend to think of him as a variable and at times sloppy conductor, but when he catches fire, as he does here, Rozhdestvensky's great talent emerges. This is a dramatic interpretation that hasn't a stuffy moment. There is one caveat, the sound. It's full and wide-ranging but diffuse, thanks to the cavernous space of Albert Hall. to compensate, the engineers spotlight the solo voices, which can turn glaring, and the chorus, standing in the choir stalls above the orchestra, sound spacious but rather distant. These aren't major flaws, just something to be aware of. Balances wiggle a bit, too, making the vocalists go in and out of focus here and there.

Overall, what makes this Klagende Lied stand out is its passion. The brief Janacek work, which takes 14 min., is his first symphonic poem and features, as the title suggests, a fairly prominent solo violin part (singing softly, not showing off any virtuosity). The soloist here is concertmaster Bela Dekany, whose playing is lyrical but a little too recessive as miked. The mood is dreamy, almost Delius-like, with a few sharp interjections that are a signature of Janacek. It's a lovely incidental work, and Rozhdestvensky conducts it affectinately.
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