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A Mahler * G Mahler: A Mahler: Funf Lieder

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A Mahler * G Mahler: A Mahler: Funf Lieder

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A Mahler * G Mahler

A Mahler Funf Lieder G Mahler Ruckert-Lieder. Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen Karen Cargill mezSimon Lepper pf

Linn [F] [SACD] CKD453 (53' * DDD/DSD * T/t)


Glasgow-based Linn Records continues to do well by its Scottish artists. As anybody who has heard Karen Cargill in 19th-century opera (Waltraute in Gotterdammerung a speciality) knows, this is a bronze-tinted mezzo of Wagnerian amplitude. Occasionally, her new disc reveals a small loss of quality when she is singing quietly; but for the most part this Mahler-family recital, like her previous outing for Linn--a recording of Berlioz's Les nuits d'ete with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (6/13)--finds Cargill expressive at every level, while still proudly displaying the full glory of her voice.

It is good to see Alma Mahler's songs getting equal billing alongside those of her husband. The Fiinf Lieder, published in 1910, include some of her most accomplished songs and Cargill's richly coloured singing is well attuned to their cusp-of-the-Romantic-era atmosphere. …

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