Sarah Connolly, Vladimir Jurowski - Mahler: Totenfeier & Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (2012)


Gustav Mahler - Totenfeier & Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (2012)
Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 146 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 99 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Signum Records | # SIGCD259 | Time: 00:38:16

In this live recording from the Royal Festival Hall the OAE shines its musical torch into the realms of some later repertoire, shedding new light on the music of Mahler. Conducted by Principal Artist Vladimir Jurowski, this album includes the Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer), written in the wake of an unhappy affair with a soprano, and the extraordinarily exciting and powerful Totenfeier, Mahler’s first foray into orchestral music, and later reworked into the opening movement of his second symphony.

On this 2012 release from Signum Classics, Vladimir Jurowski and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment present two of Gustav Mahler's youthful works, the tone poem Totenfeier, and the song cycle Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. These works were major accomplishments for the struggling composer, and both were important in Mahler's later development as a symphonist. "Totenfeier" became (with some changes) the first movement of the Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection," and the melodies of the lieder Ging heut'morgen übers Feld and Die zwei blauen Augen von meinem Schatz became major themes in his Symphony No. 1. These performances are energetic, crisp, and committed, and Sarah Connolly's singing is especially lovely in the lieder. The only problem with the CD is the low volume level, which requires a high setting to hear details clearly and to get decent sound and dimensions. But taken as a whole, this is a good presentation of early Mahler from which newcomers to his music can benefit.

Review by Blair Sanderson, Allmusic.com

This disc is something of an oddity with only 38 minutes of Mahler performed by period instruments! Michael Cookson has also reviewed it for this website and in general my impressions pretty well match his. I was rather wary of what the performance of Totenfeier would sound like, but needn’t have worried. For the most part, the orchestra does a splendid job and even, with fewer instruments than what one is used to in Mahler, creates quite an impact in the climactic moments. Only the low brass in a few places sounds insecure. Totenfeier is more of a rough draft of the Second Symphony’s first movement, but stands well enough on its own. Jurowski seems very much at home in Mahler, too, and the results here are exciting and also poignant during the quiet portions. I recall Jurowski’s recording of the symphony, itself, getting very positive reviews. Based on his performance here, I look forward to hearing that recording with the London Philharmonic on the LPO label. The engineers have captured the sound well both in terms of clarity and warmth.

There is much greater competition in the Wayfarer Songs. While Sarah Connolly sings them very well and enunciates the texts really clearly, I’m not sure she has the right sort of voice for them. I find her just a little too bright, too soprano-ish. My yardstick for these songs has always been Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, either with Furtwängler (EMI) or later with Kubelik (DG). To me, the songs suit the baritone voice better than the mezzo. If you want them sung by a female, then my preference is Janet Baker with Barbirolli (EMI), whose darker voice is particularly suited to the Kindertotenlieder and Rückertlieder on the same disc. That said, Connolly should please those who prefer her type of voice, and Jurowski’s accompaniment is fine.

Stephen Johnson provides very good notes on the works and the booklet lists all the orchestra members. If only the disc contained more music, I could have welcomed it. It would have been useful also to include the Blumine movement that Mahler discarded from his First Symphony and one of the other song cycles, for example.

Review by Leslie Wright, MusicWeb-International.com










Tracklist:

01. Totenfeier (Sinfonische Dichtung) (22:32)

02. Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: I. Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht (03:38)
03. Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: II. Ging heut' morgen ?bers Feld (03:46)
04. Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: III. Ich hab' ein gl?hend Messer (03:07)
05. Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: IV. Die zwei blauen Augen von meinem Schatz (05:11)


Exact Audio Copy V1.0 beta 3 from 29. August 2011

EAC extraction logfile from 1. August 2013, 10:29

Vladimir Jurowski / Mahler - Totenfeier, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen - Vladimir Jurowski

Used drive : TSSTcorpCDDVDW SH-222BB Adapter: 2 ID: 1

Read mode : Secure
Utilize accurate stream : Yes
Defeat audio cache : Yes
Make use of C2 pointers : No

Read offset correction : 6
Overread into Lead-In and Lead-Out : No
Fill up missing offset samples with silence : Yes
Delete leading and trailing silent blocks : No
Null samples used in CRC calculations : Yes
Used interface : Native Win32 interface for Win NT & 2000

Used output format : User Defined Encoder
Selected bitrate : 1024 kBit/s
Quality : High
Add ID3 tag : No
Command line compressor : C:Program FilesExact Audio CopyFlacflac.exe
Additional command line options : -8 -V -T "TITLE=%title%" -T "ARTIST=%artist%" -T "ALBUMARTIST=%albumartist%" -T "ALBUM=%albumtitle%" -T "DATE=%year%" -T "TRACKNUMBER=%tracknr%" -T "TRACKTOTAL=%numtracks%" -T "GENRE=%genre%" -T "COMMENT=%comment%" -T "PERFORMER=%albuminterpret%" -T "COMPOSER=%composer%" %source% -o %dest%


TOC of the extracted CD

Track | Start | Length | Start sector | End sector
––––––––––––––––––––––––––––-
1 | 0:00.00 | 22:32.30 | 0 | 101429
2 | 22:32.30 | 3:38.03 | 101430 | 117782
3 | 26:10.33 | 3:46.69 | 117783 | 134801
4 | 29:57.27 | 3:07.57 | 134802 | 148883
5 | 33:05.09 | 5:11.25 | 148884 | 172233


Range status and errors

Selected range

Filename G:Ripped general[8705] Mahler – Totenfeier, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen – Vladimir JurowskiMahler - Totenfeier, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen - Vladimir Jurowski.wav

Peak level 95.6 %
Extraction speed 6.5 X
Range quality 99.9 %
Test CRC 1AE0CD70
Copy CRC 1AE0CD70
Copy OK

No errors occurred


AccurateRip summary

Track 1 not present in database
Track 2 not present in database
Track 3 not present in database
Track 4 not present in database
Track 5 not present in database

None of the tracks are present in the AccurateRip database

End of status report

foobar2000 1.2 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2016-01-06 20:14:34

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
Analyzed: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Vladimir Jurowski, conductor / Gustav Mahler: Totenfeier - Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (1)
Sarah Connolly, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Vladimir Jurowski, conductor / Gustav Mahler: Totenfeier - Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (2-5)
––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
DR17 -0.38 dB -23.64 dB 22:32 01-Totenfeier (Sinfonische Dichtung)
DR14 -7.18 dB -28.83 dB 3:38 02-Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: I. Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht
DR15 -0.92 dB -24.02 dB 3:47 03-Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: II. Ging heut' morgen ?bers Feld
DR13 -0.55 dB -21.65 dB 3:08 04-Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: III. Ich hab' ein gl?hend Messer
DR13 -10.03 dB -31.50 dB 5:11 05-Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: IV. Die zwei blauen Augen von meinem Schatz
––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Number of tracks: 5
Official DR value: DR15

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 16
Bitrate: 482 kbps
Codec: FLAC
================================================================================



All thanks to original releaser - Odeon