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Mahler - Symphony No.4

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Catalogue numberBIS-2356 SACD
Release date2019-12-06
Discs1
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time58:55

In Gustav Mahler's first four symphonies many of the themes originate in his own settings of folk poems from the collection Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Boy's Magic Horn). A case in point, Symphony No. 4 is built around a single song, Das himmlische Leben (The Heavenly Life) which Mahler had composed some eight years earlier, in 1892. The song presents a child's vision of Heaven and is hinted at throughout the first three movements. In the fourth, marked ‘Sehr behaglich’ (Very comfortably), the song is heard in full from a solo soprano instructed by Mahler to sing: ‘with serene, childlike expression; completely without parody!’

The symphony is scored for a typically large, late-romantic orchestra (though without trombones and tuba) and an extensive percussion section which includes sleigh bells as well as glockenspiel. However Mahler mostly deploys his forces with a transparency and lightness more akin to chamber music or eighteenth-century models like Mozart or Haydn. The Fourth has become one of his best-loved symphonies, and is here performed by Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä, joined by the angelic voice of English soprano Carolyn Sampson.
 
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  Composer: Mahler, Gustav
  Symphony No. 4 in G major 59:24
01 I. Bedächtig. Nicht eilen 17:09 $ 4.12 USD
02 II. In gemächlicher Bewegung. Ohne Hast 09:36 $ 2.30 USD
03 III. Ruhevoll (Poco adagio) 23:02 $ 5.53 USD
04 V. Sehr behaglich 09:37 $ 2.31 USD
 
  Album total 58:55
SopranoSampson, Carolyn
OrchestraMinnesota Orchestra
ConductorVänskä, Osmo
ComposerMahler, Gustav

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