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Mahler's Songs Of Youth / Dame Janet Baker, Geoffrey Parsons


Release Date: 07/13/2004 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55160   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dame Janet BakerGeoffrey Parsons
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Lieder und Gesiinge, published in 1892, are "aus der Jugendzeit": "Songs and airs from the time of youth". Im Lenz and Winterlied are early songs, written in 1880. The Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen are the songs "of a wayfaring lad", Hence the title given to the record. "Mahler's Songs of Youth". Hence, too, something of the exhilaration and freshness the whole collection imparts, despite the element of sadness. No sadness, irony or criticism need attend the observation that Dame Janet, more clearly than before on records, is no longer a youthful singer. A few years ago (or perhaps, after all, merely on another day) she would have sung the songs of youth with its own voice; now she sings with Read more the zest of youth, the wisdom of age, a voice that is faintly 'lined' and an art that has the sure, sensitive touch of an old friend. As with Elena Gerhardt, she communicates with her whole being, so that you don't have to read the translation or text of the quiet start of "Ich ging mit Lust durch einen gritnen Wald" to share the singer's happiness or of the line "Nun hab' ich ewig Leid und Gramen" to know the sorrow. The pianissimos of "Fralings-morgen" or "mir nimmer kann" are as tenderly magical as the high spirits of "AblOsung im Sommer" or "Hans und Grethe" are invigorating. Parsons brings an equal mastery to the accompaniments, which rather wonderfully manage to suggest their own orchestration while remaining thoroughly pianistic.

Recorded sound is admirable as is Paul Banks's sleeve-note. If further recommendation is necessary let me weight it with the word 'important'. The edition of Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen by Colin Matthews, corresponding to Mahler's final thoughts as represented by the orchestral score, is recorded for the first time; so too are the songs of 1880. Important and (more important) delightful.

-- Gramophone [2/1984]
reviewing the original LP release
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Works on This Recording

1.
Lieder und Gesänge, vol 1: no 3, Hans und Grethe by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880-1883; Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: 02/24/1983 - 02/25/1983 
2.
Songs (3): no 2, Winterlied by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: 02/24/1983 - 02/25/1983 
3.
Songs (3): no 1, Im Lenz by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: 02/24/1983 - 02/25/1983 
4.
Lieder und Gesänge, vol 1: no 4, Serenade aus Don Juan by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880-1883; Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: 02/24/1983 - 02/25/1983 
5.
Lieder und Gesänge, vol 1: no 1, Frühlingsmorgen by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880-1883; Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: 02/24/1983 - 02/25/1983 
6.
Lieder und Gesänge, vol 2: no 2, Ich ging mit Lust by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1890; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: 02/24/1983 - 02/25/1983 
7.
Lieder und Gesänge, vol 2: no 4, Starke Einbildungskraft by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1890; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 1 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: 02/24/1983 - 02/25/1983 
8.
Lieder und Gesänge, vol 1: no 2, Erinnerung by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880-1883; Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: 02/24/1983 - 02/25/1983 
9.
Lieder und Gesänge, vol 3: no 5, Selbstgefühl by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1890; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: 02/24/1983 - 02/25/1983 
10.
Lieder und Gesänge, vol 3: no 4, Nicht wiedersehen! by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1890; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: 02/24/1983 - 02/25/1983 
11.
Lieder und Gesänge, vol 2: no 1, Um schlimme Kinder artig zu machen by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1890; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: 02/24/1983 - 02/25/1983 
12.
Lieder und Gesänge, vol 2: no 3, Aus! Aus! by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1890; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: 02/24/1983 - 02/25/1983 
13.
Lieder und Gesänge, vol 3: no 1, Zu Strassburg by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1890; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: 02/24/1983 - 02/25/1983 
14.
Lieder und Gesänge, vol 3: no 3, Scheiden and Meiden by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: 02/24/1983 - 02/25/1983 
15.
Lieder und Gesänge, vol 1: no 5, Phantasie aus Don Juan by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880-1883; Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: 02/24/1983 - 02/25/1983 
16.
Lieder und Gesänge, vol 3: no 2, Ablösung im Sommer by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1890; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 1 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: 02/24/1983 - 02/25/1983 
17.
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1896; Germany 
Length: 16 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: 02/24/1983 - 02/25/1983 

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