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Maureen Forrester - Mahler, Et Al / Walter, Nypo, Et Al

Release Date: 02/19/2008 
Label:  Gala (Canadian Indie)   Catalog #: 110   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Robert FlemingRobert SchumannGustav Mahler
Performer:  John NewmarkMaureen Forrester
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Maureen Forrester sings Schumann and Mahler and, for the first time on CD, the much heralded Canadian cycle The Confession Stone, which she championed and introduced. This new commemorative disc, containing the Schumann song cycle 'Liederkreis' Op.39, Robert Fleming's 'The Confession Stone', and most of all, her incomparable 'Abschied' from 'Das Lied von der Erde', is an affectionate tribute to a great artist. She was and remains the greatest contralto Canada has ever produced. Forrester's voice was truly a force of nature, a voluminous sound noted for its dark, opulent timbre, used with intelligence and discerning musical taste. She sang with the greatest conductors, but it was her collaboration with Bruno Walter on Mahler that was Read more unforgettable. The maestro was so taken by Forrester's voice that he coached her in Mahler's 'Das Lied von der Erde', a work close to Walter's heart, since he conducted its premiere six months after the death of Mahler. Their collaboration was captured in a live recording of Walter's very las 'Das Lied von der Erde', with the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall in 1960. Her 'Abschied' on that occasion was supremely moving, a continuous, 30-minute lyrical outpouring that combined tonal beauty and a deep sense of spirituality. A great champion of contemporary music, she sang many works written for her by Canadian composers. Forrester was particularly fond of 'The Confession' featured on this disc, written for her by Canadian composer Robert Fleming. Read less

Works on This Recording

Confession Stone (Songs of Mary) by Robert Fleming
Performer:  John Newmark (Piano), Maureen Forrester (Alto)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; United States 
Liederkreis, Op. 39 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  John Newmark (Piano), Maureen Forrester (Alto)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Das Lied von der Erde: no 6, Der Abschied by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Maureen Forrester (Alto)
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908-1909; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/16/1960 

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 Only available recording of Fleming's the Confess December 3, 2012 By K C Lylock (Victoria, BC) See All My Reviews "Great to be able to hear one of the greats sing and to study and learn from her." Report Abuse
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