Boulez’ Mahler!

Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn & Symphony No. 10 (Adagio)

Tracks on this CD are:


  • Des Knaben Wunderhorn (12 songs, complete)
    Magdalena Kožená (mezzo-soprano) & Christian Gerhaher (baritone)
  • Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major – Adagio

Performed by: The Cleveland Orchestra, Pierre Boulez, conductor

This CD will be available October 5th, 2010

Pierre Boulez adds the two last compositions to complete his Mahler recording series on Deutsche Grammophon. Recorded live in concert with the Cleveland Orchestra, the program brings together the early orchestral song cycle from “Des Knaben Wunderhorn”, featuring mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená and baritone Christian Gerhaher with the late “Adagio” of Mahler’s never completed Symphony No. 10

The concert took place only a few months before Gustav Mahler’s 150 Birthday. The concert is also part of the celebrations of Pierre Boulez’ 85 birthday this year.

Here are some quotes from the press:

“The undoubted star of the “Wunderhorn” songs was Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozená, whose plush voice and dramatic flair handily captured the essences of scenes steeped in the miseries of war, poverty, and ephemeral love.” ……………………(Plain Dealer, Cleveland)

“This performance had the hallmarks of the great Boulez/Cleveland Orchestra collaboration: precision of sound and tuning, transparency of texture with details being elucidated, flexibility of rhythm appropriate to this last of the great Viennese symphonists, but without being overwrought.”
………………….(, Cleveland)

“…the Cleveland Orchestra’s playing (in a concert at its home at Severance Hall last February) is fabulously precise and refined, while Magdalena Kožená (despite the occasional uncertain intonation) and Christian Gerhaher lavish immense care on coloring and inflecting every phrase.”
………………………..The Guardian, 23rd September 2010 ***

Here is Magdelena Kožená in Mahler’s “Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen” Conducted by Claudio Abbado:

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Tags: Gustav Mahler, Symphony #10, Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Magdalena Kožená, Christian Gerhaher, Cleveland Orchestra

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