Mahler Song Cycles (2017)

Mahler

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Alice Coote

Marc Albrecht

Lied and symphony are inseparably connected in Gustav Mahler’s oeuvre. As early as 1923, his close friend, Willem Mengelberg, had already recognized the significance of the lied genre for Mahler: “The core of Mahler’s music is the folk song.” Indeed, numerous reciprocal links as regards both content and compositional structure can be found
in Mahler’s lieder and symphonies. In this context, Hermann Danuser spoke of “duality in art forms,” in which Mahler had “converged, indeed, transformed
and interwoven opposing poles [...] into one another.” Peter Revers has even identified Mahler’s lieder as “the genetic code underlying his style of composition.”

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Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

With 130 musicians the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra is the largest orchestral organization in the Netherlands. Founded in 1985 as a merger of the Amsterdam Philharmonic, the Utrecht Symphony and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra continues the tradition of its predecessors in offering an attractive combination of accessible concert programs, in which works from the core repertoire are combined with contemporary music. The orchestra has a tradition in performing the music of Dutch composers and has commissioned and premiered works by Andriessen, Loevendie, Jeths, Franssens, van Onna, Hamburg, Kox, Koolmees and Ketting.

Marc Albrecht

Marc Albrecht, chief conductor of De Nederlandse Opera and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, is highly regarded for his interpretations of works by Wagner and Richard Strauss, as well as contemporary works. He has been a guest conductor with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the orchestras of Rome (Santa Cecilia), Dresden and Lyons. He has led operas including Der fliegende Holländer (Bayreuther Festspiele, 2003-2006), Die Bacchantinnen (Salzburger Festspiele, 2005) and From the House of the Dead (Opéra national de Paris, 2005). From 2001 to 2004 he was principal guest conductor at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where his engagements included a highly acclaimed performance of Messiaen’s Saint François d’Assise. He was artistic director and chief conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg from 2006 to 2011. He also enjoys a close association with the Semperoper Dresden, where he led the productions of Die Frau ohne Schatten and La damnation de Faust in 2007. Recent conducting engagements include The Bassarids (Bayerische Staatsoper München), Der fliegende Holländer (ROH Covent Garden), Der Prinz von Homburg (Theater an der Wien), Lulu with the Wiener Philharmoniker (Salzburg), Elektra, Orest and The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia (DNO) and his debut at La Scala with Die Frau ohne Schatten. 

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Mahler Song Cycles (2017)

Mahler

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Alice Coote

    Stereophile Magazine

"With so many great studio and live recordings of Mahler's three song cycles for solo voice readily available, any new contender has to offer something very special. On the new Pentatone Mahler Song Cycles, which is available as a hi-rez DSD download in both stereo and surround at NativeDSD Music, mezzo-soprano Alice Coote and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra under Marc Albrecht present interpretations of Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer), the five Rückert-Lieder (settings of poems by Friedrich Rückert), and Kindertotenlieder (Songs to Dead Children) that can stand up against those of, to mention only a few leading mezzo-sopranos/contraltos of the last 70 years. The major difference between Coote's recording and the many others lies in the recording and accompaniment. The manner in which they've placed Coote in the acoustic of NedPhO-Koepel, Amsterdam, and wrapped the orchestra around her, is unique in my experience. Sound may not have such a pearly sheen in most of the venues I've visited, and the orchestra may not cast its net around the voice as it does on this recording (even in two-channel), but the engineering makes Albrecht's carefully considered orchestral commentary, and the beautiful playing of the Netherlands forces, equal partners in the recording's success. The interplay between voice and instruments is revelatory. Coote's performance of the other two cycles (which really are cycles) is equally special. In just a few months, John Atkinson will be asking a host of Stereophile contributors to submit our 2017 "Records to Die For." You now know what one of mine will be. After three Mahler recording reviews in a short period of time, I will likely refrain from more for a while. But I will just as likely carry Coote and Albrecht's Mahler Song Cycles with me to shows, and listen to parts of it over and over. It is an artistic and sonic showcase worthy of repeated listening."

Jason Victor Serinus[read full review]

    NRC Handelsblad

“What makes Albrecht’s Mahler so unique? His approach has integrity, is intelligent and sensitive … Albrecht leads the Mahler that makes you love Mahler.”

Mahler Song Cycles (2017)

Mahler

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Alice Coote

Producer: Wolfram Nehls, Erdo Groot
Recording Engineer: Erdo Groot, Lauran Jurrius, Jean Marie Geijsen
Recording location: NedPhO-Koepel, Amsterdam
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen - No. 1, Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht
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Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen - No. 2, Ging heut morgen ubers Feld
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Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen - No. 3, Ich hab ein gluhend Messer
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Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen - No. 4, Die zwei blauen Augen von meinem Schatz
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R?ckert-Lieder - No. 1, Ich atmet' einen linden Duft
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R?ckert-Lieder - No. 3, Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder
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R?ckert-Lieder - No. 2, Liebst du um Schonheit
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R?ckert-Lieder - No. 5, Um Mitternacht
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R?ckert-Lieder - No. 4, Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen
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Kindertotenlieder - No. 1, Nun will die Sonn so hell aufgeh'n
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Kindertotenlieder - No. 2, Nun seh ich wohl
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Kindertotenlieder - No. 3, Wenn dein Mutterlein
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Kindertotenlieder - No. 4, Oft denk ich, sie sind nur ausgegangen
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Kindertotenlieder - No. 5, In diesem Wetter
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