12 Sep 2009, 06:10
I recently discovered a chamber ensemble arrangement of Gustav Mahler
's 4th symphony on the Belgian label 'Fuga Libera'.
To quote: Arranged (1921) for Chamber Ensemble by Erwin Stein for the "Verein für Musikalishe Privataufführungen in Wien" (Director: Arnold Schönberg).
In 1918 Arnold Schönberg
, Alban Berg
and others formed the "Association for Private Musical Performances" as a way for otherwise unrecognized (most frequently avant-garde) scores to get a hearing. This recording is a reconstruction of such a performance.
For us today, such a recording by an ensemble of this size puts the 4th in a refreshing light that can be particularly appreciated at a time when many are increasingly composing for ensembles of roughly the same size. A great opportunity to hear Mahler's 4th with fresh ears.
Included also is Schönberg's "6 Orchesterlieder".
Apparently Fuga Libera has also released another recording by the same ensemble, Oxalys
, of 'Das Lied Von Der Erde'. …