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Mahler * Berg: Berg Lulu Suite Mahler das Klagende Lied

Magazine article Gramophone

Mahler * Berg: Berg Lulu Suite Mahler das Klagende Lied

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Mahler * Berg [CC]

Berg Lulu Suite (a) Mahler Das klagende Lied (b)

(a) Anna Prohaska, (b) Dorothea Roschmann sops

(b) Anna Larsson confr (b) Johan Botha ten

(b) Chorus of the Vienna State Opera; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Pierre Boulez

DG [F] 477 9891GH (65' * DDD) Recorded live at the Salzburg Festival, 2011

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DG issues audio disc of Boulez's 2011 Salzburg Festival concert

Boulez's recordings become more precious the less we hear from him. He still has so much to say about the music of the past and hopefully the future. Here he explores the life-stories teeming beneath the shells of two musical organisms with murder in mind, often told through mutated forms of the waltz. He had not conducted the opera complete before he made his first recording of the Suite (Sony, 8/79), which is a comparably prosaic and distant reflection of Berg's original title, 'Symphonic Pieces from the opera Lulu', whereas every smoochy, sleazy bar of this live recording benefits from the Vienna Philharmonic having played the opera during the previous year's Salzburg Festival. …

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