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Simon Rattle et al conducts at the El Sistema At Salzburg Festival

Simon Rattle et al conducts at the El Sistema At Salzburg Festival


Bernstein:

West Side Story: Mambo

Gershwin:

Cuban Overture

Ginastera:

Estancia - dance suite, Op. 8a

Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Strauss, J, I:

Radetsky March, Op. 228

and music by John Rutter, Athos Palma, Mozart, Francisco Cespedes & Adelis Freites


National Children’s Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela & White Hands Choir Venezuela, Simon Rattle, Maybeth Garcia & Luis Chinchill

El Sistema is the international famous phenomenon from Venezuela and the invitation of the National Children´s Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and the White Hands Choir to the Salzburg Festival 2013 show their musical and educational quality. Conducted by Sir Simon Rattle who said about El Sistema: “When I first conducted the Infantil Orchestra in Caracas, I could not believe that children as young as nine and never older than 14 could not only play all the notes, but also could make such wonderful music. It is exhilarating and life-enhancing. This is, quite simply, the future of music. Those of you lucky enough to hear the concerts will see why”, this concert shows the joy and the musical quality of the orchestra, which thrilled the audience!

“The players attack [Ginastera's] life-affirming score with unalloyed confidence and joy...The sight and sound of these youngsters playing this great music [the Mahler] with such complete commitment is heart-warming...The second film follows the visit to Salzburg by members of the White Hands Choir...There is many a professional able-bodied Western choir who cannot touch the heart quite like these blind and deaf youngsters.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2014

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Alma & Gustav Mahler: Lieder

Alma & Gustav Mahler: Lieder


Mahler:

Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Urlicht (from Symphony No. 2)

Mahler, A:

Songs (5), published 1910


Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano) & Simon Lepper (piano)

Frequently singled out for her phenomenal vocals Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill brings her exemplary range of vocal colours and rich emotional expression to bear in her debut solo recital.

Seldom paired, the well-known Gustav Mahler lieder follow five of wife Alma’s lesser-known, but equally engaging, songs.

These personal and highly romantic songs are perfectly complemented by Cargill’s poetic sensitivity; her warm and vibrant voice, with the emotional insight borne of opera, is breathtakingly beautiful.

In 2013 Cargill was appointed Associate Artist of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra; their recording of Berlioz Les nuits d’été & La mort de Cléopâtre with Robin Ticciati was named Gramophone’s ‘Recording of the Month’. Winner of the 2002 Kathleen Ferrier Award, Cargill has won many fans through her performances at The Metropolitan, New York, Covent Garden, London and Deutsche Opera, Berlin.

Past and future highlights with Simon Lepper include appearances at Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Kennedy Centre Washington, as well as her New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall and regular recitals live on BBC Radio Three.

Cargill has performed Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 and Das Lied von der Erd at the BBC Proms. Concert plans this season and beyond include the Edinburgh International Festival, Berlioz with the LSO and Gergiev, Durufle with Ticciati, and Berlioz with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Ticciati.

Simon Lepper accompanies with sensitivity and flair; an award-winning pianist specialising in vocal accompanying, Lepper is a regular recital partner of Cargill’s.

“Cargill's beautifully integrated, smoky mezzo reveals the full stature of [Alma's] songs, just as Simon Lepper relishes their fearless piano writing...The Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen welcome the bright flare at the top of Cargill's mezzo; and here both she and Lepper really do grab the music by the throat.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2014 ***

“a bronze-tinted mezzo of Wagnerian amplitude...for the most part this Mahler-family recital...finds Cargill expressive at every level, while still proudly displaying the full glory of her voice.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2014

“Karen Cargill, warm, instinctive and golden-voiced, and Simon Lepper are responsive partners [in Alma's songs] and in Mahler's Rückert-Lieder and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. With Linn's usual high standards of recording and programme notes, this disc gives intimate insight into an endlessly fascinating couple.” The Observer, 20th July 2014 ****

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Claudio Abbado: The Sony & RCA Album Collection

Claudio Abbado: The Sony & RCA Album Collection


Bach, J S:

Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6 BWV1046-1051 (complete)

Beethoven:

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

The Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43: excerpts

Berg:

Chamber Concerto for Piano and Violin with 13 Wind Instruments

Brahms:

Double Concerto for Violin & Cello in A minor, Op. 102

Schicksalslied, Op. 54

Dvorak:

The Noon Witch, Op. 108 (B196)

Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

Liszt:

Prometheus, symphonic poem No. 5, S99

Mahler:

Kindertotenlieder

Mendelssohn:

A Midsummer Night's Dream - incidental music, Op. 61

Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 'Italian'

Mozart:

Serenade No. 9 in D major, K320 'Posthorn'

Marches (2) in D major, K335

Divertimento No. 11 in D major, K251

Symphony No. 23 in D major, K181

Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola & Orchestra in E flat major, K364

Symphony No. 36 in C major, K425 'Linz'

Symphony No. 28 in C major, K200

Symphony No. 29 in A major, K201

Symphony No. 35 in D major, K385 'Haffner'

Symphony No. 31 in D, K297 'Paris'

Masonic Funeral Music in C minor, K477

Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K183

Symphony in D major after the Posthorn Serenade, K320

Mass in C minor, K427 'Great'

Mussorgsky:

A Night on the Bare Mountain

Khovanshchina: Prelude

Shaklovitiy's aria (from Khovanshchina)

Golitsïn's Exile from Khovanshchina

Sili potayniye, sili velikiye (from Khovanshchina)

Khovanshchina: Dance of the Persian Slaves

Scherzo in B flat major

Intermezzo in modo classico

Mlada: Festive March

Songs and Dances of Death

Khovanshchina: Galitsin's Journey (Act4, scene 5)

Joshua

Salammbo - Chorus of Priestesses

Scherzo in B flat major

The Destruction of Sennacherib

A Night on the Bare Mountain

original version

Oedipus in Athens - Chorus of People in the Temple

Khovanshchina: Dawn on the Moscow River

The Capture of Kars - Triumphal March

Boris Godunov

Nono:

Prometeo: excerpts

Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

Reger:

An die Hoffnung, Op. 124

Riehm:

Hölderlin-Fragmente for Voice and Orchestra (1977 version)

Rossini:

Semiramide Overture

La scala di seta Overture

Il Turco in Italia Overture

Elisabetta regina d'Inghilterra Overture

Tancredi Overture

Guillaume Tell Overture

Il viaggio a Reims

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Introduction & Allegro appassionato in G major, Op. 92

Introduction and Allegro Op. 134

Scenes from Goethe's Faust, WoO 3

Scriabin:

Prometheus (The Poem of Fire), Op. 60

Shostakovich:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 99

Strauss, R:

Don Juan, Op. 20

Burleske for Piano and orchestra in D minor, AV85

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Marie Theres'! ... Hab mir's gelobt (from Der Rosenkavalier)

Drei Hymnen Op. 71

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 13 'Winter Daydreams'

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

The Tempest, Op. 18

Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 'Little Russian'

Symphony No. 3 in D major, Op. 29 'Polish'

1812 Overture, Op. 49

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

The Voyevoda, symphonic ballad Op. 78

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'

Marche slave, Op. 31

Suite No. 4 in G major, Op.61 'Mozartiana'

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Verdi:

Nabucco Overture

Aida: Prelude

La forza del destino Overture

Aroldo: Sinfonia

Luisa Miller Overture

I vespri siciliani Overture

Simon Boccanegra


“This comprehensive collection...contains some wonderful, cherishable things, but not everything is exceptional...[Scriabin, Mahler and Nono] seem to me to epitomise Abbado's greatness, the imagination and intellectual curiosity that combined with his supreme gifts as a musician.” The Guardian, 19th June 2014 ****

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Anna Prohaska: Behind the Lines

Anna Prohaska: Behind the Lines


Beethoven:

Die Trommel geruhret

Cavendish:

Wand'ring In This Place

Eisler:

Kriegslied eines Kindes (from Zeitungsausschnitte, Op. 11)

Panzerschlacht

Die letzte Elegie

Die Heimkehr

Ives, C:

In Flanders Fields

‘1, 2, 3'

Tom Sails Away

Liszt:

Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher, S293

Mahler:

Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Poulenc:

Le Retour du sergent

Quilter:

Fear no More

Rachmaninov:

To my sorrow I have grown to love

Rihm:

Untergang, Op. 1

Schubert:

Kriegers Ahnung D 957, No. 2

Raste Krieger, Krieg ist aus (Ellens Gesang I), D837

Schumann:

Die beiden Grenadiere, Op. 49 No. 1

Der Soldat, Op. 40, No. 3

trad.:

Es geht ein dunkle Wolk herein

Traill:

My Luve's In Germanie

Weill, K:

Beat! Beat! Drums!

Dirge For Two Veterans

Wolf, H:

Der Tambour (No. 5 from Mörike-Lieder)

Der Soldat II (No. 6 from Eichendorff-Lieder)


Anna Prohaska (soprano), Eric Schneider (piano)

For her third solo album, Anna Prohaska tackles the worlds of peace and war in music - "Behind the Lines" draws a connection to World War I in this, the centenary year.

Joined by noted pianist Eric Schneider, she has programmed songs ranging from Beethoven, by way of Schubert, Schumann and Liszt, and turn-of-the-century composers Fauré, Mahler and Wolf, to the early-modern works of Weill and Eisler

For all German speakers, check out this feature of our cooperation partner Bayerischer Rundfunk, who documented the recording with Anna: http://www.br.de/radio/br-klassik/sendungen/allegro/anna-prohaska-aufnahmen-br-100.html

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“This is a superbly conceived and wonderfully performed collection about war and its emotional impact...The imagination and care that has gone into this compilation is exceptional, and the results are totally compelling.” The Observer, 6th July 2014 *****

“Prohaska has a rich palette of expressive colours to draw on and she sings with effortless confidence through several languages and moods, sensitively partnered by her responsive pianist Schneider. This is a very rewarding disc, both moving and stirring.” The Telegraph, 22nd July 2014 ****

“it’s instantly apparent that you’re in the presence of a singer of blazing commitment and authority...In short, this is a mesmerising, powerful and frequently very moving disc, full of terrible beauty and of course especially pertinent this summer. I can see myself returning to it again and again for many years to come.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 28th July 2014

“Prohaska's performances fully embody the hugely varying needs of each songs, so much that one barely notices how she colours her voice...She simply allows you to feel the song with the clean, crisp delivery that has made her an important early-music singer.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2014

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Berliner Philharmoniker: Great Recordings

Berliner Philharmoniker: Great Recordings


Beethoven:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin)

Herbert von Karajan

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Julia Varady (soprano), Jard van Nes (mezzo), Keith Lewis (tenor), Simon Estes (bass)

Ernst Senff Choir, Carlo Maria Giulini

Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Krystian Zimerman (piano)

Sir Simon Rattle

Mahler:

Symphony No. 9 in D major

Claudio Abbado

Schubert:

Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished'

Karl Böhm

Symphony No. 9 in C major, D944 'The Great'

Karl Böhm

Schumann:

Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61

Rafael Kubelik

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120

Rafael Kubelik

Strauss, R:

Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64

Herbert von Karajan

Wagner:

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Wilhelm Furtwängler

Tannhäuser: Overture

Wilhelm Furtwängler

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

Wilhelm Furtwängler

Parsifal: Good Friday Music

Wilhelm Furtwängler


2013 marked the 100th anniversary of recording between the Berliner Philharmoniker and Deutsche Grammophon, two giants in music. DG celebrated by releasing a hugely successful limited edition 50 CD ’Centenary Edition’, with content chosen by public vote.

New for 2014 is a more bite-size box – 8 CDs honouring the same iconic relationship between label and orchestra, at a fantastic price. The featured maestros at the helm of the orchestra include Karajan, Abbado, Rattle, Böhm, Giulini, Kubelik and Furtwängler.

Top of the best-seller list for units sold (and topical in Strauss Year), is Karajan’s 1981 interpretation of ‘An Alpine Symphony’.

“A magnificent account of the Alpine Symphony, spacious and noble… this new and masterly account is arguably the finest to have appeared in recent years” Gramophone on An Alpine Symphony (Karajan)

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Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor


As Riccardo Chailly points out, “The Fifth begins with a dark, gloomy, and tragic tone, but then is enlivened in the Scherzo and Adagietto, and eventually ends with a more positive character in the Finale – perhaps for the last time in Mahler’s life. The Adagietto is a revelation, a spiritual oasis. It is not an expression of pain, but rather Mahler’s declaration of love to Alma – a song without words.“ With the Gewandhaus Orchestra, Chailly gives the piece an unsurpassed intensity of sound and emotional expression. He achieves a compelling arc of tension in which the symphony’s unique fascination unfolds. The Wiener Zeitung characterized Chailly’s interpretation as „impressive with powerful and unreserved intensity.“

BONUS: Riccardo Chailly on his interpretation of Mahler’s 5th Symphony

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“Chailly takes us on a journey from darkness to light...He's a pleasure to watch, being neither over-demonstrative nor affectedly matter-of-fact. He looks like what he's conducting and one sense that the orchestra agrees. If the rest of this projected second Chailly Mahler cycle is as good as this, then I suspect we have treats aplenty in store.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2014

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Mahler: Symphonies 1-9 (complete)

Mahler: Symphonies 1-9 (complete)


Eteri Gvazava (soprano - No. 2); Anna Larsson (contralto - Nos. 2 & 3); Renée Fleming (soprano - No. 4); Cheryl Studer, Sylvia McNair, Andrea Rost (sopranos - No. 8), Anne Sofie von Otter, Rosemarie Lang (mezzos - No. 8), Peter Seiffert (tenor - No. 8), Bryn Terfel & Jan-Hendrik Rootering (bass-baritones - No. 8)

Berliner Philharmoniker; Orfeon Donostiarra (No. 2); London Symphony Chorus, City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus (No. 3); Rundfunkchor Berlin, Prager Philharmonischer Chor, Tölzer Knabenchor (No. 8), Claudio Abbado

The 11 CD MAHLER box brings together Abbado’s complete Berlin cycle for the first time. It is regarded as one of the crowning achievements of his final years. “In performance, he became a conduit between the forces assembled on stage and the emotional narrative that resides in the music, completely transparent and without an interfering ego” – Stanley Dodds (BP violinist)

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Rafael Kubelik: The Symphony Edition

Rafael Kubelik: The Symphony Edition


Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

The Cleveland Orchestra (No. 8), Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Bavarian Radio Chorus (No. 9), Helen Donath, Teresa Berganza, Wieslaw Ochman, Thomas Stewart (No. 9)

London Symphony Orchestra (No. 1), Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam (No. 2), Berliner Philharmoniker (No. 3), Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (No. 4), Boston Symphony Orchestra (No. 5), Orchestre de Paris (No. 6), Wiener Philharmoniker (No. 7)

Dvorak:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Berliner Philharmoniker

Scherzo capriccioso, Op. 66

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Carnival Overture, Op. 92

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

The Wild Dove, Op. 110 (B198)

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Mahler:

Symphonies 1-9 (complete)

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Schumann:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (complete)

Berliner Philharmoniker

Genoveva Overture

Berliner Philharmoniker

Manfred Overture, Op. 115

Berliner Philharmoniker,

BEETHOVEN CD 1 – 5

Various (great) orchestras; first released 1976

Amazingly, each symphony is recorded with a different orchestra – and what orchestras! – London Symphony, Concertgebouw, Berliner Philharmoniker, Israel Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Wiener Philharmoniker, The Cleveland Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra – culminating a Ninth with Kubelik’s “own” orchestra. Now issued as an integral set for the first time.

QUOTATIONS on the BEETHOVEN CYCLE

“A notable undertaking – sanely, humanly, at times gloriously realised. In an often troubled and divided world, its message quite literally crosses frontiers” – Richard Osborne (Gramophone)

The “Eroica” (with the Berlin Philharmonic): “A glorious reading, patient, articulate, and deeply expressive … a triumph for the orchestra – who play like gods, perfectly tuned to the music’s every nuance – and for Kubelik” (Gramophone)

SCHUMANN CD 6 – 7

Berliner Philharmoniker; 1963 – 1964

Kubelk’s first major project with the Berlin Phil. “It is a testimony to Kubelik’s human qualities that he was able to achieve in so short a time such a close rapport with the Berlin players”

QUOTATION on the SCHUMANN CYCLE

“Rafael Kubelik's Schumann Symphonies with the Berlin Philharmonic from 1963 – 64 are lucid, unaffected and full of life . . . This is still one of the most rewarding Schumann cycles . . . notable for its rhythmic energy and warmly sympathetic playing.” – Nigel Simeone (International Record Review)

DVOŘÁK CD 8 - 13

Berliner Philharmoniker; first released between 1966 and 1973

Naturally close to Kubelik’s heart, Kubelik’s Dvořák cycle has been a mainstay of the catalogue since it first appeared.

QUOTATION on the DVOŘÁK CYCLE

"Une intégrale qui domine la discographie, couronnée par une Septième Symphonie anxieuse, une Huitième vertigineuse et une Symphonie "Du Nouveau Monde" d'une densité rare.” – Le Monde de la Musique (Paris) [A complete cycle that dominates the catalogue, crowned by a Seventh full of angst, a giddily intoxicating Eighth, and ‘New World’ of rare density]

MAHLER CD 14 - 23

Symphonie orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra) recorded between 1967 and 1971, with an international cast of soloists

The first Mahler cycle to be performed and recorded by a German orchestra. Kubelik passionately championed Mahler’s music when it was unfashionable to do so.

QUOTATIONS on the MAHLER CYCLE

“It has taken us all the wars and suffering to understand Mahler … Nobody else has dared to put so many human problems into their music, or tried to work out those problems in terms of music… I know of no composer, except Beethoven, who expressed such a love of mankind.” – Rafael Kubelik

“Le chef tchèque ressent dans ses fibres les origines bohémiennes de cette musique, qu'il interprète avec une absence de sophistication et une passion indémodables.” – Diapason [The Czech conductor feels the Bohemian origins of this music to his bones, and he performs it with a timeless lack of indulgence and passion]


One of the great conductors of the 20th century, Rafael Kubelik (1914 – 1996) would have been 100 years old on 29 June this year.

He made many recordings with Deutsche Grammophon, and is above all remembered for four symphony cycles, those of Beethoven, Schumann, Dvořák and Mahler (repertoire list attached here). They have been part of our catalogue since they were first issued on LP back in the 1960s and 1970s, and continue to form part of the backbone of Collectors Edition (Dvořák, Mahler) and Originals (Schumann); Beethoven is nearly all present on the 2-CD series.

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Sung texts and translations included in booklet (Beethoven, Mahler).

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Bernarda Fink sings Mahler Lieder

Bernarda Fink sings Mahler Lieder


Mahler:

Im Lenz (Drei frühe Lieder)

Winterlied (Drei frühe Lieder)

Ablösung im Sommer (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Nicht wiedersehen (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Kindertotenlieder

Frühlingsmorgen (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)


Bernarda Fink (mezzo) & Anthony Spiri (piano)

Gustav Mahler Ensemble & Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, Andrés Orozco-Estrada

An exciting exploration of the sources of Mahlerian inspiration. Can one really grasp the whole of Mahler’s symphonic output without knowing his songs? Not only do they extensively irrigate the first four symphonies, often known as ‘Wunderhorn symphonies’; they also encapsulate the fundamental principles of his reading of the world. Bernarda Fink explores the Mahler cycles from three different angles: the traditional format with piano naturally has its counterpart in the orchestral song, culminating in the 'Kindertoten' and the 'Rückert' lieder.

“The clarity of her words, expressive inflection and alluring tone puts her in the league of Baker, Ludwig and Fassbaender on disc. She receives superb support from her pianist, Spiri, and co.” Sunday Times, 29th June 2014

“the Argentinian mezzo brings characteristically classy musicianship and intelligence to the task in hand. The voice is now more sinewy, a little more pushed at the extremes, and it can sound a touch underpowered in the middle register. But the concentration and integrity of the performances is often compelling.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2014

“I admire Bernarda Fink’s assurance, her excellent diction and smooth, fluid control. One senses Fink’s complete engagement with the meaning and mood of the texts. In splendid form throughout the Gustav Mahler Ensemble and the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich under Andrés Orozco-Estrada prove unfailingly sympathetic partners.” MusicWeb International, 16th September 2014

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Mahler: Das klagende Lied

Mahler: Das klagende Lied

Version for Chamber Orchestra from Schönberg's version


Gerhil Romberger (contralto) & Stephan Rügamer (tenor)

Detmolder Kammerorchester, Alfredo Perl

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