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Mahler: Das Klagende Lied; Berg: Lulu Suite / Boulez, Vienna Philharmonic

Release Date: 04/16/2013 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001825502    Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gustav MahlerAlban Berg
Performer:  Johan BothaDorothea RöschmannAnna LarssonAnna Prohaska
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraVienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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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.

Read more 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
Performer:  Johan Botha (Tenor), Dorothea Röschmann (Soprano), Anna Larsson (Alto)
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880/1899; Austria 
Lulu-Suite by Alban Berg
Performer:  Anna Prohaska (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; Austria 

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