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Title:
Symphony no. 3 Rückert-Lieder ; Kindertotenlieder
Author:
Mahler, Gustav, 1860-1911.
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Works. Selections
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Sony Classical, [1999]
Physical Description:
2 audio discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Texts of the 1st work from Nietzsche's Also sprach Zarathustra and Des Knaben Wunderhorn.

Originally released in 1960 and 1962.

Compact disc.

Program notes by Tim Page, in English with German and French translations, and texts with English translations (23 p. : ports.) inserted in container.
Language:
German
Contents:
Symphony no. 3 in D minor (100:00) -- Three Rückert-Lieder. Ich atmet einen linden Duft (2:54) ; Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (6:36) ; Um Mitternacht (7:03) -- Das irdische Leben : from Das Knaben Wunderhorn (2:53) -- Kindertotenlieder : song cycle on poems by Friedrich Rückert (27:00).
UPC:
074646183120
Format :
Music CD

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Mahler's Symphony No. 3 has never achieved the popularity of the composer's other works. This is a pity because the six movement symphony, scored for full orchestra, contralto soloist, boys' and women's chorus, is a wonderfully grand paean to nature and is filled with vibrant color and emotion. Completed in 1896, the work looks back to the symphonies of Beethoven and Brahms while also looking forward to the music of Schoenberg and Berg. Typical of Mahler's art are the colorful touches of orchestration that dot the work, such as the haunting posthorn solo in the third movement and contralto solo in the fourth. On this recording Leonard Bernstein directs the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance that is part of the "Bernstein Century" series on Sony. Bernstein was one of the great Mahler conductors and he brilliantly captures the work's mixture of earthy rowdiness and spiritual yearning. The remainder of the recording is devoted to Mahler's lyrical 'Rückert Lieder' and 'Kindertotenlieder.' The legendary mezzo-soprano Jennie Tourel sings with heart rending emotion in both cycles.