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Gennadi Rozhdestvensky

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MAHLER
Das klagende Lied
Teresa Cahill (SOPRANO)
Dame Janet Baker (MEZZO-SOPRANO)
Robert Tear (TENOR)
Gwynne Howell (BASS)
BBC Singers (DIR: JOHN POOLE)
BBC Symphony Chorus and
Orchestra/Rozhdestvensky
ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON, JULY 20TH, 1981
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JANÁCEK
The Fiddler’s Child
Bela Dekany (VIOLIN)
BBC Symphony Orchestra/Rozhdestvensky
SMETANA HALL, PRAGUE, 9 MAY 1979

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The eminent Russian conductor Genndy Rozhdestvensky (1931) was the first Russian born conductor to perform and record all Mahler's symphonies in his country. Mahler's Das klagende Lied is a rarity and here is performed 'live', complete in the original three part edition The performance was reviewed by Gramophone magazine as follows: 'Rozhdestvensky's highly dramatic account of Mahler's three-movement drama'. The recording was first issued in 1995 but deleted shortly afterwards with the demise of BBC Radio Classics. The ICA version has been completely remastered restoring the wide dynamics of Rozhdestvensky's magnificent performance. The distinguished soloists feature Dame Janet Baker, one of the greatest Mahler interpreters of the 20th Century. The CD also features another rarity - Janacek's The Fiddler's Child - from the 1979 Prague Festival. This 'live' recording has never been issued before and is Rozdestvensky's only taping of the work. Rozhdestvensky recordings of Tchaikovsky Symphony No.4 (ICAC 5035) and Holst's The Planets (ICAC 5053) have received great critical acclaim.

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GUSTAV MAHLER 1860–1911

 

Das klagende Lied*

Song of Lamentation · Le Chant plaintif

 

1 I Waldmärchen (Forest Legend · Conte de la forêt)      28.10

2 II Der Spielmann (The Minstrel · Le Ménétrier)            15.50

3 III Hochzeitsstück (Wedding Piece · Morceau de noces)         18.37

 

LEOS JANÁCEK 1854–1928

 

4 The Fiddler’s Child† 14.27

Des Spielmanns Kind · L’Enfant du violoneux

*Teresa Cahill soprano · *Janet Baker mezzo-soprano

*Robert Tear tenor · *Gwynne Howell bass

†Bela Dekany violin · *BBC Singers Director: John Poole

*BBC Symphony Chorus · BBC Symphony Orchestra

 

GENNADI ROZHDESTVENSKY

Recorded: Albert Hall, London, 20 July 1981 (Mahler);

Smetana Hall, Prague, 9 May 1979 (Janáˇcek)

*New remastering · †First CD release

 

Mahler- Das klagende Lied - III Hochzeitsstuck

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Martin Kendrick
09/Aug/2013

“Two excellent, well-recorded performances of interesting repertoire which is slightly off the beaten track.”

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