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Mahler - Symphony No. 4 (arr. Stein) Live

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  • Audio CD (19 Dec. 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Avie
  • ASIN: B0009OJ9LS
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,604 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. Symphony No. 4 In G Major: Bedächtig. Nicht Eilen16:24Album Only
  2. Symphony No. 4 In G Major: Im Gemächlicher Bewegung. Ohne Hast 9:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Symphony No. 4 In G Major: Ruhevoll20:48Album Only
  4. Symphony No. 4 In G Major: Sehr Behaglich 9:44£0.99  Buy MP3 

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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.

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Manchester Camerata, Douglas Boyd (conductor), Kate Royal (soprano)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mark A. Meldon TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Sept. 2011
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This is a wonderful CD and I have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone with a liking for Mahler in order to understand more clearly the compositional structures of his fourth symphony. Whilst clearly not having the "heft" of a full orchestral version, the chamber orchestra version given here by the Manchester Camerata stands up very well on it's own distinct merits. What is perhaps interesting is the genesis of this version and the ongoing musical connections down the years.

Arnold Schoenberg founded The Society for Private Musical Performance in Vienna to do just that; give performances of contempoary (and otherwise) music to an private member audience in order to avoid the constant interruptions he experienced in public performance. I think I'm right in saying that no applause was permitted. Today, I guess this would be a bit like joining a record club. One of Schoenberg's composition pupils pre-first world war was Erwin Stein (1885-1958), the grandchildren of whom are in line to the British throne.

Erwin Stein was asked by Schoenberg to prepare a chamber orchestra reduction of Mahler's fouth symphony in 1921, which he did, although the original manuscript has long been lost, presumably in World War Two. What is actually recorded here is a reconstruction of the reduction that was made in 1990 by Alexander Platt, so we are two steps away from the original work which is now "after Erwin Stein"! Never mind, Platt has done a sterling job.

Stein left Austria at the time of the Anschluss and ended up in London (eventually working for Boosey & Hawkes, the music publishers) and was a noted expert on Mahler and Schoenberg, Weber, et al., all of whom he knew personally. He and his wife had a daughter, Marion, who became a well-regarded pianist.
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After hearing many normal versions of this great symphony
this chamber version is one to have,
you hear color in this symphony you have not noticed before
detail that the super manchester camerata bring out,
a bargain a joy to hear!
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I first heard "mini Mahler" at the Edinburgh Festival in 2012. It is very refreshing and as a chamber piece one can hear the individual instruments with a clarity not obvious in the orchestral version. This is an excellent recording of it.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By richard on 31 May 2010
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This version of Mahler's 4th is one arranged for smaller forces. Given the full-blooded nature of Mahler's customary orchestration, this version does seem somewhat gelded; safe, beautiful in its way, but lacking some of that visceral excitement that comes with the best full symphonic versions. However, as I spent much of my life regarding Mahler as completely over the top, I of all people ought to sympathize with a more restrained and decorous approach. This is a safe and worthy introduction for those wary of all those Mahlerian excesses.

The playing is of a high standard and the recording quality truly excellent and Kate Royal brings her beautiful singing voice to the party. It is just that it is all a bit, well- English?
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Intimate Mahler: A Refreshing Gift for Those who Love Mahler 22 April 2008
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
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Think Mahler, think big - large orchestra, long symphonies, huge climaxes, emotional thunder, etc. For those who thrive on the joys of the music of Gustav Mahler this CD will be a welcome addition to the library. This version of Mahler's joyous Symphony No. 4 in G Major is a chamber setting transcribed in 1920 by Erwin Stein in response to Arnold Schoenberg's Society for Private Music Performances in Vienna, a symposium that introduced new works as well a piano versions of symphonies by composers including Bartok, Debussy, Reger, Stravinsky, and Ravel among others. In this series Mahler's Symphonies # 6 and #7 were presented in keyboard arrangements, while Erwin Stein was asked to arrange the Symphony No. 4 for a chamber orchestra. The result is a rare opportunity to hear all of the delicate inner voices of this symphony in a fresh light.

Conductor Douglas Boyd leads the Manchester Camerata in this delicate and effervescent performance of Stein's transcribed chamber orchestra setting. The instrumentation includes the piano as reinforcement for not only the string sections, but also for the winds, brass and percussion. The result is a gentle approach to the poetry and youthful feeling of this symphony. While some may miss the big climaxes that only a full orchestra can manage, the intimacy of, for instance, the 'Ruhevoll' 3rd movement is a hushed lullaby with greater clarity to the musical lines than we hear in the full orchestration. For the fourth movement 'Sehr behaglich', Kate Royal is the soloist for the 'Das himmlische Leben' and her voice is sweet, soaring, tender, enunciating the poetry clearly, and offering one of the finest interpretations of this music on record.

This is not meant to compete with the many fine recordings of this very popular Mahler symphony, but instead it is to augment the appreciation of the genius that was Mahler - especially the highly creative contrapuntal writing that often is buried in the full orchestral performances. Boyd, the Manchester Camerata, and Kate Royal have given us a rare jewel of a performance and for everyone who loves Mahler, this recording is a treasure! Grady Harp, April 08
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
outstanding 6 Mar. 2011
By Casey - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great cd. The playing is clean. My only complaint is that it's not very exciting. But if you want to hear every note of this symphony in the chamber arrangement, this is it.
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