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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Gustav Mahler drew continual inspiration from the massive anthology of folksong texts entitled 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn,' which did for German song what the work of the Grimm brothers did for the fairy tale. He set these verses as songs with piano accompaniment, as vocal solos in his symphonies, and as the songs with orchestral accompaniment recorded here.
These orchestral songs divide into solos for baritone, solos for soprano, and duets for soprano and baritone. Given the folk character of the verses, the gender roles are stereotypical, though sometimes wryly so. Both performers sing with marvelous interpretative gusto in all twelve songs. Thomas Allen brings a dark and explosive emotional rawness to "Revelge" and "Der Tamboursg'sell,"
but he deftly shifts to light-hearted lustiness in "Rheinlegendchen" and "Lob des hohen Verstandes." His voice has a thrilling focus and brilliance whenever he sings in the top part of his range. Ann Murray excels when it comes to singing softly. While "Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht?" is a breezy delight, her delicately shaded performance of the poignant "Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen" is the highlight of the entire disc. Read less
Works on This Recording
Des Knaben Wunderhorn by Gustav Mahler
Ann Murray (Soprano),
Thomas Allen (Baritone)
Sir Charles Mackerras
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1892-1898; Hamburg, Germany
Date of Recording: 10/1990
Venue: EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London
Length: 50 Minutes 59 Secs.
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