MAHLER: TOTEN­FEIER; LIEDER EINES FAHREN­DEN GE­SELLEN

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - MICHAEL DERVAN

Sarah Con­nolly (mezzo so­prano), Orches­tra of the Age of En­light­en­ment: Vladimir Jurowski Signum Clas­sics SIGCD 259 (mid-price) If you know Mahler’s Sec­ond Sym­phony, you know his ear­lier sym­phonic poem Toten­feier. Well, not quite. Toten­feier, with its or­ches­tra­tion beefed up and with dif­fer­ent han­dling of key mo­ments, be­came the first move­ment of the sym­phony. Vladimir Jurowski’s brisk and thrust­ing ac­count with the pe­riod in­stru­ment play­ers of the Orches­tra of the Age of En­light­en­ment makes a strong case for the com­poser’s orig­i­nal thoughts. Mezzo so­prano Sarah Con­nolly’s per­for­mance of the slightly ear­lier Lieder eines fahren­den Ge­sellen is equally un­af­fected. How­ever, pace pe­riod per­for­mance, her ad­just­ment to the vo­cal style of the late 19th cen­tury is min­i­mal. url.ie/gb48

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