Notes and Editorial Reviews
Pierre Boulez is an icon of today’s classical scene, and is closely-associated with the works of Mahler, many of which he has recorded exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon.
Featuring the acclaimed Vienna Philharmonic and the chorus of the Vienna State Opera – historically connected to Mahler, Berg and Boulez.
These performances were recorded live at the opening concert of the prestigious Salzburg Festival in 2011, conceived as a tribute to Gustav Mahler, and was released to coincide with the maestro’s 88th birthday in March.
Mahler’s 2-act Das Klagende Lied is a mythical tale of fratricide, guilt and retribution, based on stories by the Grimm brothers and Ludwig Bechstein.
Klagende Lied fits perfectly into the comprehensive Mahler repertoire which Boulez has recorded on Deutsche Grammophon within the last decades.
"[Mahler's "Das Klagende Lied"]: Subtly but dramatically performed by the Wiener Philharmoniker under Pierre Boulez...[Berg's 'Lulu'-Suite]: Anna Prohaska is splendid as the latter's sensuous heroine, but it's 'Das Klagende Lied', with its dynamic range further extended by the vast choir supporting the three principal singers, which captures the imagination here."
-- Andy Gill, The Independent [3/1/2013]
"Boulez reverts to Mahler's later, shorter score...its brightly lit orchestral effects have always brought the best out of his conducting; the performance has both spaciousness and finely focused detail, with first-rate solo contributions from soprano Dorothea Röschmann and contralto Anna Larsson. The Lulu Suite is even more remarkable, for there's an emotional breadth to Boulez's approach now that just wasn't there in his earlier, pioneering performances".
-- Andrew Clements, The Guardian [3/14/2013] Read less
Works on This Recording
Das klagende Lied by Gustav Mahler
Johan Botha (Tenor),
Dorothea Röschmann (Soprano),
Anna Larsson (Alto)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,
Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
Written: 1880/1899; Austria
Lulu-Suite by Alban Berg
Anna Prohaska (Soprano)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1934; Austria
Das Klagende Lied / Part 1: Beim Weidenbaum, im kühlen Tann
Das Klagende Lied / Part 1: Ein Spielmann zog einst des Weges daher
Das Klagende Lied / Part 1: Ach Spielmann, lieber Spielmann mein!
Das Klagende Lied / Part 2: Von hohen Felsen erglänzt das Schloß
Das Klagende Lied / Part 2: Was ist der König so stumm und bleich
Das Klagende Lied / Part 2: Ach Spielmann, lieber Spielmann mein!
Das Klagende Lied / Part 2: Auf springt der König von seinem Thron
Das Klagende Lied / Part 2: Ach Bruder, lieber Bruder mein!
Lulu Suite: 3. Lulu's Song
Lulu Suite: 4. Variations
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