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4.0 out of 5 stars Gerhaher's outstanding Mahler arrives on record, 21 Aug. 2013
This review is from: Mahler: Orchestral Songs (Audio CD)
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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Initial post: 24 Sep 2013 22:24:57 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 Sep 2013 23:24:56 BDT
Bella says:
I'm not sure that Gerhaher is the first to move out from Fischer-Dieskau's shadow. Wolfgang Holzmair is one baritone with a distinctive style of his own, indeed he has come in for criticism because of not invariably probing along the lines laid out by F-D (though his use of language is exemplary in its own way). He is also very different from Gerhaher.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Sep 2013 09:00:01 BDT
Philoctetes says:
I did say, in my experience (however limited), but thanks for the Holzmair tip. His Mahler albums appear to be very recent.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Sep 2013 10:33:40 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 26 Sep 2013 10:24:47 BDT
Bella says:
Yes I noticed the caveat. Holzmair does not attract a lot of attention these days, he does however have a gift for conveying a wide variety of mood. Though I'm not sure how those who respond to Gerhaher's relatively detached, but certainly exceptional, performances would find the Austrian's more human-orientated (and he can be humanly fallible) style.

Posted on 2 Dec 2013 01:51:46 GMT
Last edited by the author on 2 Dec 2013 01:52:44 GMT
Abert says:
I do not find the Kindertotenlieder 'too mellifluous'. Kent Nagano, however, is a tad slow in one or two places. This album's recorded sound is truly wonderful.
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