A. Mahler: Complete Songs / Paasikivi, Panula, Tampere Philharmonic

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REVIEW:It's the marvelous singing of Lilli Paasikivi, with her intelligence, penetrating insight, and richly rounded tone that fully captures the spirit of these works and...

REVIEW:

It's the marvelous singing of Lilli Paasikivi, with her intelligence, penetrating insight, and richly rounded tone that fully captures the spirit of these works and makes them little gems that no Lieder enthusiast can afford to overlook. Ondine's warmly resonant, naturally balanced recording makes this important disc even more welcome. It's a "must-have".

It's not long into this disc before it becomes evident that Alma Mahler was a very different composer from her famous husband Gustav. Alma studied with Zemlinsky, whose influence (along with that of Hugo Wolf) shows most readily in her work--yet this is Alma's music through and through. Even before Mahler forbade her from composing once they were married, Alma displayed a distinctive voice, one steeped in 19th-century Romanticism (her father often sang Schumann lieder) as well as the musical currents of the new century. The first set of Five Songs comes from this early period, and right from the opening "Die stille Stadt" Alma's skill at word setting captivates, as does her ability to recreate in music each poem's unique emotional state. Of the five, "Bei dir ist es traut", with its recurring falling major second, is the only one that sounds remotely close to her husband's style.

After Gustav's death Alma again took up composition, and the following Four Songs reveal a new richness and poignancy in her writing as well as an expanded harmonic palette. "Licht in der Nacht"'s haunting atmosphere lingers after the song has ended, while "Anstrum"'s tonal waywardness displays Alma's awareness of modern musical developments. Alma's last set of Five Songs, published in 1924, is based on spiritual texts, emphasizing both their reverential (Hymne) and mystical (Hymne an die Nacht) themes.

The program concludes with two unpublished songs, "Leise Weht ein erstes Bluhn" and "Kennst du meine Nachte", both composed in a cultivated Romantic style that would indicate their belonging to Alma's earlier period. The impact of the music is no doubt enhanced by Jorma Panula's idiomatic and imaginative orchestrations, beautifully rendered by the Tampere Philharmonic.


--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com



Product Description:


  • Release Date: June 23, 1999


  • UPC: 761195102428


  • Catalog Number: ODE 1024-2


  • Label: Ondine


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Period: Late Romantic


  • Composer: Alma Mahler


  • Conductor: Jorma Panula


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra


  • Performer: Lilli Paasikivi



Works:


  1. Lieder (5)

    Composer: Alma Mahler

    Ensemble: Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra

    Performer: Lilli Paasikivi (Mezzo Soprano)

    Conductor: Jorma Panula


  2. Lieder (4)

    Composer: Alma Mahler

    Ensemble: Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra

    Performer: Lilli Paasikivi (Mezzo Soprano)

    Conductor: Jorma Panula


  3. Gesänge (5)

    Composer: Alma Mahler

    Ensemble: Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra

    Performer: Lilli Paasikivi (Mezzo Soprano)

    Conductor: Jorma Panula


  4. Leise weht ein erstes Blühn

    Composer: Alma Mahler

    Ensemble: Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra

    Performer: Lilli Paasikivi (Mezzo Soprano)

    Conductor: Jorma Panula


  5. Kennst du meine Nächte?

    Composer: Alma Mahler

    Ensemble: Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra

    Performer: Lilli Paasikivi (Mezzo Soprano)

    Conductor: Jorma Panula