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A. Mahler: Lieder und Gesange - Montanaro: Canto di Penelope / Kroeger, Lonero


Release Date: 02/24/2017 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 95469   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alma MahlerPatrizia Montanaro
Performer:  Catharina KroegerMonica Lonero
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Alma Mahler-Werfel was born in Vienna 1879, the daughter of a soprano and a landscape painter. Her musical talent was soon recognized and she had lessons with a.o. Zemlinsky. In 1922 she married Gustav Mahler, who explicitly forbid her to continue her composing. Later however, seeing her withering, Mahler allowed her to publish a song cycle in 1910. Alma Mahler was a highly intelligent and cultured woman, surrounded by great artists like Klimt, Zemlinsky, Gropius and Werfel. Her salon in Vienna was the centre of high cultural life. After the war she settled in New York, where she became an iconic figure in the music scene till her death in 1964. Her songs reflect the Zeitgeist of composition: dramatic, brooding, the darkness occasionally Read more lifted by visions of serenity and peace. These are beautiful performances by Catharina Kroeger and Monica Lonero, champions of neglected romantic music. As a bonus they perform a soprano-actress based work called “Penelope” by contemporary composer Patrizia Montanaro. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Lieder (5) by Alma Mahler
Performer:  Catharina Kroeger (Soprano), Monica Lonero (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910 
2.
Lieder (4) by Alma Mahler
Performer:  Catharina Kroeger (Soprano), Monica Lonero (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915 
3.
Gesänge (5) by Alma Mahler
Performer:  Catharina Kroeger (Soprano), Monica Lonero (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1924 
4.
Canto di Penelope by Patrizia Montanaro
Performer:  Catharina Kroeger (Soprano), Monica Lonero (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2003; Italy 

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