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Mahler: Urlicht / Janina Baechle, Markus Hadulla

Mahler / Baechle / Hadulla
Release Date: 08/27/2013 
Label:  Marsyas   Catalog #: 1809   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Janina BaechleMarkus Hadulla
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



MAHLER Urlicht. Das himmlische Leben. Das irdische Leben. Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen. Reveige. Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. Rückert-Lieder Janina Baechle (mez); Markus Hadulla (pn) MARSYAS 18092 (75:36 Text and Translation)


Gustav Mahler wrote songs as well as symphonies, but never any to great poetry, including his own. In fact, Mahler prided himself on being able to make quite simply expressed sentiments—including those in Read more style="font-style:italic">Das Knaben Wunderhorn (five given here), a collection of folk poems widely popular in Germanic lands, and likewise his own lyrics, as in the cycle Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen —musically compelling. The result sometimes produces some rather quirky music, but also the opportunity for a singer to find many nuances and colors in Mahler’s inventive musical spectrum. Of course Mahler, the great symphonist and consummate conductor, orchestrated most of his songs for accompaniment by full orchestra, where the full instrumental prism of sound greatly enhances the vocal line.


Here we are given a recital of some of the piano arrangements with voice, not as immersed in sound as the orchestral arrangements, but perhaps better suited to revealing musical details of Mahler’s felicitous writing in this genre. German mezzo-soprano Janina Baechle has already established a substantial career, singing as a member of the Vienna State Opera company from 2004 to 2010. Although Baechle began by singing some lyric roles and even some Verdi, she is increasingly turning to more dramatic repertoire, and to Wagner; the roles of Brangäne, Ortrud, Fricka, and Erde now more aptly fit her powerful and cleanly delivered voice. In this recital Baechle is able to persuade us with her long expertise in the Mahler repertoire. She appropriately turns down the volume a bit to provide just those nuances and colors demanded by the words and music, and even manages Mahler’s quirks and sometimes awkward vocal lines with practiced ease. Baechle is solid in intonation, expressive with the reading, and sings lovely soft passages even in the highest range. Her emotive singing in Urlicht , the title work, typifies her expert understanding of Mahler’s music. Pianist Marcus Hadulla does yeoman’s work filling in some of the missing orchestral components as well as sensitively supporting the singer.


Baechle has sung the vocal parts in Mahler symphonies many times (two are provided here), and I have the feeling her big voice is more at home soaring over a full orchestra, but she turns in a solid performance on this disc. Of course many fine singers have also recorded these songs and the choice on CD is wide. Texts are provided in German only, with translations available online. The CD times out at nearly 76 minutes; Marsyas is to be commended for filling it to the brim. Recommended.


FANFARE: Bill White    
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Works on This Recording

1.
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: no 12, Urlicht by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Janina Baechle (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1898; Hamburg, Germany 
Venue:  Liszt-Zentrum, Raiding, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 49 Secs. 
2.
Das himmlische Leben, song for voice & piano (or orchestra) by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Markus Hadulla (Piano), Markus Hadulla (Piano), Janina Baechle (),
Janina Baechle ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 02/10/1892 
Venue:  Liszt-Zentrum, Raiding, Austria 
Length: 10 Minutes 9 Secs. 
3.
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: no 5, Das irdische Leben by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Markus Hadulla (Piano), Janina Baechle ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1893; Hamburg, Germany 
Venue:  Liszt-Zentrum, Raiding, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
4.
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: no 9, Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Janina Baechle (), Markus Hadulla (Piano), Markus Hadulla (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1898; Hamburg, Germany 
Venue:  Liszt-Zentrum, Raiding, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 26 Secs. 
5.
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: no 13, Revelge by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Janina Baechle (), Janina Baechle (), Markus Hadulla (Piano),
Markus Hadulla (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1898; Hamburg, Germany 
Venue:  Liszt-Zentrum, Raiding, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 4 Secs. 
6.
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Janina Baechle (), Janina Baechle (), Markus Hadulla (Piano),
Markus Hadulla (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1896; Germany 
Venue:  Liszt-Zentrum, Raiding, Austria 
Length: 19 Minutes 29 Secs. 
7.
Rückert Lieder (5) by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Markus Hadulla (Piano), Markus Hadulla (Piano), Janina Baechle (),
Janina Baechle ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Liszt-Zentrum, Raiding, Austria 
Length: 20 Minutes 42 Secs. 

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