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Transfiguration - Beethoven, Mahler, Schoenberg / Slowik


Release Date: 08/30/1998 
Label:  Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi Catalog #: 77374   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gustav MahlerLudwig van BeethovenArnold Schoenberg
Conductor:  Kenneth SlowikWillem MengelbergBruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Smithsonian Chamber PlayersRoyal Concertgebouw OrchestraVienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The concept behind the combination of works is novel and interesting. Mahler dominates the thinking, 19th-century authenticity the playing (small forces, all on gut strings). For those who dislike portamento on string instruments (scooping between one note and the next, to put it crudely) be warned that it abounds. There are also snippets of Mengelberg and Walter, conducting disciples of Mahler who, despite their shared reverence for him, produced interpretations poles apart. It would have been more effective to place these either before or immediately after the Smithsonians’ account. Despite good sound, one misses the texture of a full (modern) symphonic string section in the Adagietto. The playing is very good in Beethoven’s quartet, Read more orchestrated by Mahler as ‘it could not be played properly by four miserable fiddlers’. Portamento returns in the Schoenberg (not so apparent in the Beethoven) and it is given an intensely passionate reading by Slowik. The composer’s commentary to the work forms an illustrated lecture read (in English) by his erstwhile assistant Richard Hoffmann.

-- Christopher Fifield, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor: 4th movement, Adagietto by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Kenneth Slowik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Smithsonian Chamber Players
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 7 Minutes 28 Secs. 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 11 in F minor, Op. 95 "Serioso" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Kenneth Slowik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Smithsonian Chamber Players
Written: 1810 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 23 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Gustav Mahler (1899) 
3.
Verklärte Nacht for String Orchestra, Op. 4 by Arnold Schoenberg
Conductor:  Kenneth Slowik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Smithsonian Chamber Players
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899/1943; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 27 Minutes 51 Secs. 
4.
Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor: 4th movement, Adagietto - Opening by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Willem Mengelberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1926 
Length: 0 Minutes 56 Secs. 
5.
Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor: 4th movement, Adagietto - Opening by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1/15/1938 
Length: 1 Minutes 4 Secs. 
6.
Rückert Lieder (5): no 3, Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/24/1936 
Length: 0 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: This recording is of the opening of this work. 

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