The Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal's New Recording of Mahler's Orchestral Songs, with Baritone Christian Gerhaher, Under the Direction of Kent Nagano
Sony Classical releases an awe-inspiring rendition of three cycles of lieder from Gustav Mahler sung by world-renowned German baritone Christian Gerhaher, accompanied by the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, under the direction of Kent Nagano. These songs were recorded during the January 12 and 14, 2013 concerts, at the Maison Symphonique De Montréal. This is the second collaboration between Christian Gerhaher and the OSM, the first being the Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth).
"Mahler's creative genius and the refinement of Christian Gerhaher's extraordinary talent, interpretive sensitivity and imagination provoke both the OSM and the listener into a relationship of intensely active collaboration, said Kent Nagano.
"We can find good arguments that show how well these three cycles, as different as they are from each other, fit together on one album. Many thanks to Kent Nagano, who used his unshakeable and positive will to make this possible", said Christian Gerhaher.
All three lieder cycles are delivered with the refinement, the precision and the transparency that have characterized Mahler's lyricism, a moving interpretation that thrusts the listener into a contemplative mood.
If Gustav Mahler's musical originality created a bridge between the 20th century and the modern times, the important themes of romanticism are at the core of his work. He was the first composer to enrich his lieder with orchestral depth. The turmoil of Mahler's symphonic frescoes contrasts with the tender resignation and inner peace of his lieder. The composer is inspired by the beauty of nature, and it is there that he finds the answers to his despair. Is it strange alchemy or an initiation rite? That is how he responds to the grief caused by an unfulfilled love affair in Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer), which are viewed as autobiographical. It is also how he sets to music five of the 428 poems written by German lyricist and Orientalist Friedrich Rückert, who was himself deeply wounded by the death of two of his children.
In Kindertotenlieder (Songs on the Death of Children), Mahler brought to light the intense grief as well as the resilience of the poet, who has provided him with the essence to compose his other song cycle, his five Rückert Lieder.
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
-Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit mact
-Gieng heut' Morgen über's Feld
-Ich hab' ein glühend Messer
-Die zwei blauen Augen
-Nun will die Sonn' so hell aufgeh'n!
-Nun seh' ich wohl, warum so dunkle Flammen
-Wenn dein Mütterlein