Douglas Boyd and Manchester Camerata made an indelible mark with their Avie debut of Beethoven's Symphonies No. 2 and No. 5. They continue their budget series for the label with a live recording of the chamber version of Mahler's Fourth Symphony. Mahler's most neo-classical symphony lends itself well to Erwin Stein's reduction for fifteen players and soprano, which was transcribed in 1920 for Schoenberg's celebrated Society for Private Musical Performances. More than a curiosity, this intimate adaptation facilitated wider circulation of the work and to this day illuminates important aspects of the work. A relative rarity in the catalogue, this new recording by Manchester Camerata is destined to attract a great deal of attention. Arranged for chamber orchestra by Erwin Stein.
Manchester Camerata, Douglas Boyd (conductor), Kate Royal (soprano)