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Monday, December 05, 2016

Gustav Mahler: Kindertotenlieder – Ewa Podleś, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Jacek Kaspszyk (HD 1080p)

The leading Polish coloratura contralto Ewa Podleś interprets the song cycle "Kindertotenlieder" by Gustav Mahler. Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra directed by distinguished Polish conductor Jacek Kaspszyk. Recorded at Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall in Warsaw, Poland, February 19, 2016.

Η κορυφαία Πολωνή κολορατούρα κοντράλτο Ewa Podleś ερμηνεύει τον κύκλο τραγουδιών "Kindertotenlieder" του Γκούσταβ Μάλερ. Τη Φιλαρμονική Ορχήστρα της Βαρσοβίας διευθύνει ο διακεκριμένος Πολωνός μαέστρος Jacek Kaspszyk. Η συναυλία δόθηκε στο Μέγαρο Μουσικής της Φιλαρμονικής της Βαρσοβίας στις 19 Φεβρουαρίου 2016.

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)

♪ Kindertotenlieder (1901-1904)

Lyrics by Friedrich Rückert (1788-1866)

i. Nun will die Sonn' so hell aufgeh'n [00:57]*
ii. Nun seh' ich wohl, warum so dunkle Flammen [06:57]
iii. Wenn dein Mütterlein tritt zur Tür herein [12:11]
iv. Oft denk' ich, sie sind nur ausgegangen [17:12]
v. In diesem Wetter, in diesem Braus [20:40]

Ewa Podleś, contralto

Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Jacek Kaspszyk

Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall, Poland, February 19, 2016

With English, Polish and German subtitles

(HD 1080p)

* Start time of each track

Mahler was an expert on the deaths of children. Seven of his thirteen siblings died in infancy, and his favorite brother, Ernst, died at thirteen. We do not know when Mahler first read the Kindertotenlieder by Friedrich Rückert (1788-1866), but he was ready for them. In 1901, when he composed the first, second, and fifth songs of the cycle, Mahler had no children of his own and was not yet married. In 1904, when he completed the cycle, he was the father of two daughters, Maria, going on two, and Anna, just born. Alma Mahler was appalled that the father of two healthy children should write Kindertotenlieder; when Maria died of diphtheria in the summer of 1907, Alma was convinced that her husband had tempted fate. Rückert’s own children, Ernst and Luise, died in 1836. The 423 Kindertotenlieder were the poet’s response to this catastrophe.

Ο κύκλος τραγουδιών "Kindertotenlieder" (Τραγούδια για τα νεκρά παιδιά) του Γκούσταβ Μάλερ, βασίζεται σε ποιήματα του Φρίντριχ Ρίκερτ (Friedrich Rückert).

Ο Γερμανός λόγιος, ανατολιστής και ποιητής Φρίντριχ Ρίκερτ είχε γράψει 428 ποιήματα αφιερωμένα στα δύο μικρά παιδιά του που πέθαναν. Ο Μάλερ διάλεξε πέντε από αυτά και τα μελοποίησε. Ο Μάλερ είχε έντεκα αδέλφια, από τα οποία έξι πέθαναν σε μικρή ηλικία. Το 1901 μελοποίησε το πρώτο, τρίτο και τέταρτο ποίημα, το 1904 ολοκλήρωσε τον κύκλο με την μελοποίηση του δεύτερου και τέταρτου ποιήματος.

Από το 1900 και μετά, η ποίηση του Ρίκερτ έγινε βασικό στοιχείο του έργου του Μάλερ.

Ewa Podleś is one of the world's leading contraltos, equally successful in the worlds of opera and concert music. Her voice possesses the rich, flexible, perhaps even masculine, quality that separates the true contralto from the mezzo-soprano, and which has invited comparison to the likes of Marilyn Horne, Kathleen Ferrier, and Marian Anderson. Her range, both musically and vocally, has made her succesful in a variety of genres and styles, including the operas of Rossini and Verdi, the songs of Chopin, and a broad selection of Russian repertoire.

The daughter of a successful Polish contralto, Podleś first attracted attention while still a student in her native Warsaw, where she was engaged by the local company to sing Rosina in Rossini's Barber of Seville. Her career developed quickly, and she began to make international appearances as early as 1982. The lighter quality that characterized her voice early on allowed for excellent performances of such roles as Rossini's Cenerentola and Bizet's Carmen as well as some lighter Russian roles. However, as her voice developed it took on a more characteristic dark quality that opened up a wider selection of parts, including Verdi's Eboli (Don Carlos) and Ulrica (Un Ballo in maschera). Her signature performance has for some time been the title role in Rossini's Tancredi. She also sings La Donna del Lago and L'Italiana in Algeri. She has a very effective recital program called "Rossini Arias for Contralto", which she has sung with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra in New York's Carnegie Hall.

Podleś' recordings have been well received, including a disc of Chopin songs with pianist Garrick Ohlsson, Melodies Russes (Grand Prix de L'Academie Française du Disque), and Tancredi (nominated for a Grammy).

Source: Rovi Staff (allmusic.com)

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