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Mahler: Orchestral Songs

Christian Gerhaher , Gustav Mahler , Kent Nagano Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Kent Nagano
  • Composer: Gustav Mahler
  • Audio CD (19 Aug 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,900 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht 3:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  3. Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: Ich hab' ein glühend Messer 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  5. Nun will die Sonn' so hell aufgeh'n! 5:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Kindertotenlieder: Nun seh' ich wohl, warum so dunkle Flammen 4:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  8. Kindertotenlieder: Oft denk' ich, sie sind nur ausgegangen! 2:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Rückert-Lieder: Blick mir nicht in die Lieder 1:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Rückert-Lieder: Ich atmet einen linden Duft 2:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen13. Rückert-Lieder: Liebst du um Schönheit 2:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Rückert-Lieder: Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen 5:38£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Christian Gerhaher The outstanding Lieder singer of our time presents Mahler: Orchestral Songs Accompanied by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, conducted by Kent Nagano
‘Mahler’ is Christian Gerhaher’s second orchestral album, with Orchestra Symphonique de Montréal conducted by Kent Nagano. Gerhaher has never recorded the Mahler songs in their authentic orchestral versions before, although these works have been cornerstones of his repertoire for many years. Gerhaher's former recording with Mahler songs received rave reviews in the press.
Having received countless awards for his singing of lieder, in 2010 Christian Gerhaher was voted “Singer of the Year” by the journal Opernwelt for his portrayals of the Prinz von Homburg and of Wolfram in Vienna and Munich.
Christian Gerhaher has performed together with conductors such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Simon Rattle, Herbert Blomstedt, Heinz Holliger, Kent Nagano, Ingo Metzmacher, Mariss Jansons, Bernard Haitink and Christian Thielemann in the world’s major concert halls

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Word by Word 16 Sep 2013
By Entartete Musik TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
There are certain singers with whom you cannot discern any effort at all. Communication through music is entirely natural to them and the effect is therefore totally beguiling. Christian Gerhaher is one such singer. Nigh passive in his delivery, he nonetheless imbues every note and word with an understanding that is simultaneously hard-earned and uncomplicated. And by getting out of the way of the score he allows the music to communicate afresh, hitting you with its full emotional power, as on this slaying new recording of Mahler's orchestral song cycles.

So unhistrionic is Gerhaher that the effect of listening to an entire recital or recording can be rather draining, as you are faced with emotion without fabrication. There's therefore nobody better at communicating the of pain of the Austro-German world of Lieder. Gerhaher and his pianist Gerold Huber's 2009 recording of Mahler's Songs made for a particularly destroying experience. While the addition of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Kent Nagano on this new disc raises the dramatic bar somewhat, Gerhaher maintains his quietly lamenting approach.

Like Huber, however, Nagano makes sure that the performances never lapse into the self-indulgent, choosing predominantly brisk speeds. The playing is, however, superb, captured at live performances in the Mason symphonique de Montréal in January 2012, with the woodwind particularly shining, not least Pierre-Vincent Plante on the cor anglais. But like Gerhaher himself, the orchestra never intrudes, merely allowing Mahler's near-narratives to emerge note by note, word by word.

And that's the other main quality here, the texts. Each syllable has been subtly considered, thereby reaping much greater interpretative rewards than any grandstanding.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Refined and pallid readings 28 Sep 2013
By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Great mezzo-sopranos Janet Baker, Christa Ludwig and Frederica Von Stade have all recorded these three songs-cycles, while Lorraine Hunt Lieberson has recorded the "Rückert-Lieder" only with piano, and in general I prefer a female voice in them. Fewer men have recorded them all, although there is no reason why they should not be interpreted by a male voice and some are treasurable. Not being a Fischer-Dieskau fan, my points of male comparison are with Mahler specialist Thomas Hampson's various recordings, starting with those made over twenty-five years ago with Bernstein, and Mahler Lieder collections by José van Dam and Andreas Schmidt. I have to say that I find so much more life and beauty in the singing of all three than I do here with Gerhaher - and that is without my having heard versions by singers such as Stephen Genz, Dietrich Henschel and Roman Trekel. Bo Skovhus included the Rückert-Lieder in a recital of early Mahler songs in the piano arrangement but it was not, to my mind, particularly successful; by and large, the ladies rule. However, I would love to hear the fine Austrian baritone Florian Boesch sing these songs.

Gerhaher has a light, faintly nasal baritone typical of more recent German vocal, tradition; he enunciates words carefully but there is almost no variety of tone or attempt to colour the sound; the effect for me is soporific rather than mesmeric. The nasality of the timbre increases with volume and pitch; I kept thinking of how Baker or Ludwig - or, in more apt and direct comparisons, Hampson and van Dam - colour a phrase and characterise whereas Gerhaher seems almost to croon. There is something to be said for a non-interventionist approach but alongside Hampson's and Bernstein's heart-on-sleeve delivery, Gerhaher seems very cool and pale.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gerhaher's outstanding Mahler arrives on record 21 Aug 2013
By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER
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London (and BBC tv) witnessed Christian Gerhaher's rejuvenating interpretation of Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen at the Proms, a few years back. For those of us wondering when a recording with orchestra would materialize, the wait is over. Sony's CD has the other major cycles in full, Kindertotenlieder and Rückert lieder, essays on all three and English translations of the lyrics. (Full details of the Montreal orchestra are also provided.)

Many baritones have fallen into the trap, perhaps gladly, of sounding like Fischer-Dieskau, the great interpreter of German song. In my experience, however limited, Gerhaher is the first to accept-internalize-transmute this and make his own distinctive contribution to the lieder catalogue. If I have one criticism it is that maybe the reading of the Kindertotenlieder is just a tad too mellifluous for first-person poems of bereavement. No doubts about the rest.

If you want a digital stereo Mahler lieder cycle and a souvenir of Gerhaher's singing, you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another interpretation to cherish 27 Dec 2013
By julibuy
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A wonderful, warm interpretation. Restrained yet heartfelt. This was the first time I had heard Christian Gehaher. I shall certainly search for more of his recordings
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