Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mahler - Des Knaben Wunderhorn - Herreweghe, Orchestre des Champs-Elysees







This set of the "Wunderhorn" songs, played on period instruments, includesWunderhorn the "Urlicht" movement from the composer's Second symphony and the final movement of the Fourth. As stunningly and interestingly orchestrated as any symphony Mahler ever wrote, these songs nonetheless are miniatures based on  folk-like themes, and Herreweghe is careful to present each as a world unto itself, a story to be told. The lack of weight in the instruments helps; he never overstates the music's case. The nearly 80-piece orchestra can get the volume up without overwhelming the singers or text. This recording is remarkable for the intelligent, correctly-sized-and-paced leadership of Herreweghe, and Connolly is a wonderful singer.


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