Mahler: Waldmärchen (Das klagende Lied) - Radio Filharmonisch Orkest - Live concert HD
Het Radio Filharmonisch Orkest en Groot Omroepkoor o.l.v. Markus Stenz spelen Mahlers 'Waldmärchen (Das klagende Lied)' in het AVROTROS Vrijdagconcert.
Radio Filharmonisch Orkest
Markus Stenz [dirigent]
Alwyn Mellor [sopraan], Anke Vondung [mezzosopraan], Brenden Gunnell [tenor] en Klaus Häger [bas]
Gustav Mahler: Waldmärchen (Das klagende Lied)
Opname: AVROTROS Vrijdagconcert, vrijdag 11 november 2016, in TivoliVredenburg te Utrecht.
Das klagende Lied (Song of Lamentation) is a cantata by Gustav Mahler, composed between 1878 and 1880 and greatly revised over the next two decades. In its original form, Das klagende Lied is one of the earliest of his works to have survived (the Piano Quartet movement in A minor is believed to date from 1876).
Mahler began to write the text of Das klagende Lied (possibly basing it on the fairy tale of the same name by Ludwig Bechstein and/or "The Singing Bone" (The Singing Bone) by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm) during the early part of his final year in the Vienna Conservatory, where he was a student between 1875 and 1878. The draft text for the work is dated 18 March 1878, and composition of the music began in the Autumn of 1879 and was completed on 1 November 1880. The work is laid out on a very large and complex scale, requiring a large orchestra and taking 60–70 minutes to perform in full.
As originally composed, Das klagende Lied was in three parts:
Waldmärchen (Forest Legend)
Der Spielmann (The Minstrel)
Hochzeitsstück (Wedding Piece)
The first performance did not take place until 1901, by which time Mahler had subjected his original score to several major revisions. The first revision of the work took place in the second half of 1893. This featured a significant reduction and re-arrangement of the orchestral and vocal forces, with the number of harps in the first part being reduced from six to two, and the vocal soloists from eleven to four. The boys’ voices were also removed. The off-stage orchestra, which had played an important role in the original score, was also completely removed from the second and third parts. In spite of having lavished such detailed effort on revising the work's first part, Mahler then decided (Autumn 1893) to omit it completely.
Further revisions to what was now a work in two parts (after the omission of the original first part) were made between September and December 1898. At this point, Mahler’s previous decision to remove the off-stage brass was reversed. The 1898 revisions were in fact so extensive that Mahler had to write out an entirely new manuscript score.