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Mahler: Urlicht, Etc / Christianne Stotijn, Julius Drake

Mahler / Stotijn / Drake
Release Date: 11/14/2006 
Label:  Onyx   Catalog #: 4014   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Christianne StotijnJulius Drake
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Hot on the heels of the young Dutch mezzo’s debut disc – warmly welcomed by Hilary Finch in the April issue – comes a Mahler recital of astonishing range and sophistication. Go straight to ‘Rheinlegendchen’ to catch the lighter essence of Stotijn’s approach: every word is coloured and inflected with natural musicianship, but never gets in the way of line or phrasing. Her rock-solid alto range is equally adaptable to the gruff sentinel of ‘Der Schildwache Nachtlied’, an unforgettable withdrawal to a private world in the last verse of ‘Ich bin der Welt’ and the assurance of ‘Urlicht’ (programmed here to follow an intriguingly steady treatment of the song which, reworked as the Scherzo of the Second Symphony, also precedes its orchestral Read more incarnation). If there’s a fault, it’s that at the top of the range the vibrato can be tight under pressure, but characterisation overcomes it in the repeated ‘ades’ of ‘Scheiden und Meiden’. Like her pianist Julius Drake – a subtle impersonator of the birds, bugles and alphorns that haunt the naïve folk world of Mahler’s youthful forays – Stotijn makes every song a gem; it helps that the composer is always himself even in the early settings. The new concert hall of the Yehudi Menuhin School, making its recorded debut, lends warm support to the subtly varied recording.

-- David Nice, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: no 12, Urlicht by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano), Julius Drake (Piano), Christianne Stotijn ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1898; Hamburg, Germany 
2.
Lieder und Gesänge, vol 1: no 1, Frühlingsmorgen by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Julius Drake (Piano), Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880-1883; Austria 
Venue:  Menuhin Hall, Stoke D'Abernon, Surrey, E 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
3.
Lieder und Gesänge, vol 1: no 2, Erinnerung by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Christianne Stotijn (), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880-1883; Austria 
Venue:  Menuhin Hall, Stoke D'Abernon, Surrey, E 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
4.
Lieder und Gesänge, vol 3: no 1, Zu Strassburg by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Julius Drake (Piano), Christianne Stotijn ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1890; Budapest, Hungary 
Venue:  Menuhin Hall, Stoke D'Abernon, Surrey, E 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
5.
Der Schildwache Nachtlied, song for voice & piano (or orchestra) in B flat major (Des Knaben Wunderh by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Julius Drake (Piano), Christianne Stotijn ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 01/28/1892 
Venue:  Menuhin Hall, Stoke D'Abernon, Surrey, E 
Length: 6 Minutes 25 Secs. 
6.
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: no 9, Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Julius Drake (Piano), Christianne Stotijn ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1898; Hamburg, Germany 
Venue:  Menuhin Hall, Stoke D'Abernon, Surrey, E 
Length: 7 Minutes 25 Secs. 
7.
Lieder und Gesänge, vol 3: no 3, Scheiden and Meiden by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Julius Drake (Piano), Christianne Stotijn ()
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Menuhin Hall, Stoke D'Abernon, Surrey, E 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
8.
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: no 7, Rheinlegendchen by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Christianne Stotijn (), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1898; Hamburg, Germany 
Venue:  Menuhin Hall, Stoke D'Abernon, Surrey, E 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
9.
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: no 4, Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht? by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Christianne Stotijn (), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1898; Hamburg, Germany 
Venue:  Menuhin Hall, Stoke D'Abernon, Surrey, E 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
10.
Lieder und Gesänge, vol 2: no 2, Ich ging mit Lust by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Christianne Stotijn (), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1890; Budapest, Hungary 
Venue:  Menuhin Hall, Stoke D'Abernon, Surrey, E 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
11.
Lieder und Gesänge, vol 3: no 4, Nicht wiedersehen! by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Christianne Stotijn (), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1890; Budapest, Hungary 
Venue:  Menuhin Hall, Stoke D'Abernon, Surrey, E 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
12.
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: no 6, Des Antonius von Padua by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Christianne Stotijn (), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1898; Hamburg, Germany 
Venue:  Menuhin Hall, Stoke D'Abernon, Surrey, E 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
13.
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: no 5, Das irdische Leben by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Christianne Stotijn (), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1893; Hamburg, Germany 
Venue:  Menuhin Hall, Stoke D'Abernon, Surrey, E 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
14.
Rückert Lieder (5): no 4, Um Mitternacht by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Christianne Stotijn (), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Menuhin Hall, Stoke D'Abernon, Surrey, E 
Length: 6 Minutes 21 Secs. 
15.
Rückert Lieder (5): no 3, Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Julius Drake (Piano), Christianne Stotijn ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Menuhin Hall, Stoke D'Abernon, Surrey, E 
Length: 6 Minutes 42 Secs. 

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