Mahler: Das klagende Lied - Blunier

Mahler: Das klagende Lied - Blunier

MDG Gold  MDG 937 1804-6

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Vocal

Mahler: Das klagende Lied, Blumine, Symphony No 10 (Adagio)

Manuela Uhl - soprano
Lioba Braun - alto
Werner Gura - tenor
Czech Philharmonic Choir
Beethoven Orchester, Bonn
Stefan Blunier

Colorful Contrast
Mahler initially had a hard time of it. A few compositional attempts from his youth did not turn out to his liking and were destroyed. When Das klagende Lied finally met with his own critical favor, he stated, “My first work in which I have found myself as ‘Mahler’!” Here it is heard in colorful contrast to the fragment from his last symphony and the “Blumine” andante originally intended for the first symphony. The Beethoven Orchestra of Bonn under its resourceful conductor Stefan Blunier is in top form on this fascinatingly detailed look at Mahler’s compositional workshop.

Full Disclosure
Mahler’s early composition does in fact display everything that would distinguish his later oeuvre: biting irony and fateful tragedy, relaxed mirth and profound seriousness, and finely crafted poetry and the simple folk tone stand side by stand. And everything is presented on the haunted stage of a gruesome fairy tale exposing the composer’s inner turmoil to the light of day.

Startling Revelation
This oscillation between enthusiastic euphoria and profound depression would stay with Mahler until his death. And he did indeed know that he would not finish his Tenth Symphony (after Beethoven’s Ninth). He had deliberately chosen not to count two “song cycles” among his symphonies. Notes on the margin of the score reveal the personal anguish involved here: “To live for you! To die for you! Almschi!” Did the idyllic “Blumine” andante, originally intended as the second movement of the first symphony, have to yield for similar reasons? Here misfortune is evidently already peering around the corner.

Sumptuous Sound
During recent years Stefan Blunier has earned the Beethoven Orchestra of Bonn a solid place in the discography with his outstanding programs and intelligent disposition. This fine 2+2+2 multichannel recording in the trademark no-frills natural sound of the MDG label positions Blunier on a fantastic sound stage. With expressive conducting and seeming effortlessness, he meets the challenge posed by the mighty breadth of this music, ranging from the pale, almost lifeless tones of the violas to the sumptuousness of colossal sound.

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