Mahler: Songs (Arranged by Schoenberg) / Falletta, Virginia Philharmonic
Arnold Schoenberg founded the Society for Private Musical Performances in 1918 to perform contemporary music from "Mahler to the present". Mahler had been an early supporter of Schoenberg's music, and Schoenberg repaid the favor by arranging Mahler's orchestral works for chamber ensemble and including them at the society's concerts. The colorful Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen are given a feel of great intimacy in this form, while the lighter scoring of Das Lied von der Erde has the advantage of clarifying instrumental textures, its magical effects capturing "the finite nature of earthly things".
Catalog Number: 8573536
Composer: Gustav Mahler
Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra/Ensemble: Attacca Quartet, Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Players
Performer: Charles Reid, Roderick Williams, Susan Platts