The double as-if
Mahler's Fourth and Schnabel's songs in a remastered version
Thanks to a re-mastering by our artistic director Frédéric Angleraux, Mahler’s 4th symphony in Klaus Simon’s pocket version emits from now on even more warmth and transparency: a rich colour palette and countless nuances offer a totally new listening experience of this ‘Wunderhorn’ symphony. Rachel Harnisch joins the soloists of the MythenEnsembleIOrchestral not only for a celestial finale of Mahler’s symphony but paints some small Freudian psychograms in Artur Schnabel’s songs which the great pianist had composed in his early years for the later Mrs. Schnabel: the famous contralto Therese Behr.
Mahler’s First Symphony in a titanic pocket version, world première recording
Schweizer Fonogramm puts two arrangements in the focus of the studio production TITÄNLI*: Mahler’s first symphony sparkles in Klaus Simon’s version for 16 instruments and a mixed ensemble accompanies Alexander Zemlinsky’s enigmatic song on Richard Dehmel‘s poem ‘Maiblumen blühten überall’ (arrangement by G. Contratto). The MythenEnsembleOrchestral not only lifts the exuberant confessional music of Mahler’s First in this pocket version, but carries the soprano Lisa Larsson over the early-expressionistic abysses in Zemlinsky’s work who was a colleague and a rival of Mahler, in a certain sense….. Both recordings are world premieres.
*TITÄNLI : Swiss dialect diminutive of ‘Titan’, the original title of Mahler’s First in the Budapest premiere in1889.