Symphony No. 4 & Leider eines fahrenden Gesellen

Symphony No. 4 & Leider eines fahrenden Gesellen


Artist: Smithsonian Chamber Players

Composer: Gustav Mahler

Format: 1 CD


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The present recording brings together two great early works of Gustav Mahler in chamber orchestra arrangements made for use by Arnold Schönberg’s "Society for Private Musical Performances," played by an ensemble whose interpretations owe much to those of Willem Mengelberg, the celebrated conductor of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra and Mahler’s most fervent advocate for more than a quarter century. Thus, rather than rehearse the details of Mahler’s life during the period in which he composed his Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Fourth Symphony or discuss the works themselves (since this information can be found in numerous other sources), this note will sketch the history of Schönberg’s Society and attempt to convey the importance of Mengelberg’s work with Mahler, which presents a fascinating but little-known commentary on myriad performance practice issues and casts new light on these familiar pieces. A warning to the faint-hearted may be in order: Mengelberg’s style clashes, at times violently, with the "objectivist" stance championed by Toscanini, and adopted generally in his wake.

—Kenneth Slowik

Track List

Symphony No. 4 in G Major
Arranged for soprano, flute/piccolo, oboe/English horn, clarinet/bass clarinet, two violins, viola, cello, double-bass, piano, harmonium, and percussion by Erwin Stein (1921)
1. Bedächtig. Nicht eilen 17:00
2. In gemächlicher Bewegung. Ohne Hast 8:34
3. Ruhevoll 21:05
4. Sehr behaglich 9:28

Lieder eins fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of the Wayfarer)
Arranged for voice, flute/piccolo, clarinet, two violins, viola, cello, double-bass, piano, harmonium, and percussion by Arnold Schönberg (1920)
5. "Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht" 3:54
6. "Ging heut’ Morgen übers Feld" 3:57
7. "Ich hab’ ein glühend Messer in meiner Brust" 3:09
8. "Die zwei blauen Augen von meinem Schatz" 5:29

Total time: 72:36
Release date: 2003
UPC: 053479031525

If you care about Mahler, make a point of hearing this disc...
— Bernard D. Sherman,

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