Symphony 2 'resurrection'
While one might imagine that Mahler's wonderful orchestration in his Second Symphony is essential to his music, translating it to the sound-world of an eight-hand two-piano arrangement allows it to be heard quite differently, refreshingly and just as powerfully. This is the 100th anniversary of this "double duet" arrangement by Heinrich von Bocklet (published by Universal) which followed an earlier four hands version in 1895 and one made by the conductor Bruno Walter in 1899.
Stripped of its massive orchestral forces this "unplugged" piano version reveals facets of Mahler's beloved masterpiece anew, its lyrical voices and harsh drama. It remains uniquely overpowering, an epic journey. The music becomes more intimate with more of the personal interactive qualities of chamber music.
Pianist Stephen Emmerson, a deeply respected member of the Australian musical community, has drawn together a group of star pianists for this intriguing recording. Each of his youthful collaborators, Brieley Cutting, Angela Turner and Stewart Kelly, has impressive solo credentials in their own right.This recording follows on from Emmerson's acclaimed performances on Melba Recordings, with the brothers Brett and Paul Dean, on 'Beloved of the Gods', and with Paul Dean on 'The Romantic Clarinet'.
Personnel: Piano I - Brieley Cutting (primo), Angela Turner (secondo) , Piano II - Stephen Emmerson (primo), Stewart Kelly (secondo)
- First movement, Allegro maestoso. Mit durchaus ernstem und feierlichem Ausdruck
- Sehr langsam beginnend
- Langsam und feierlich, im Tempo des Trauermarsches
- Second movement, Andante moderato. Sehr gemächlich
- Tempo 1
- Third Movement. Scherzo: In ruhig fließender Bewegung
- Fourth movement. Urlicht, Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht
- Etwas bewegter
- Fifth movement, Im Tempo des Scherzos
- Zeitmaass wie an der vorhergegangenen Parallelstelle
- Sehr langsam und gedehnt
- Langsam misterioso
- Etwas bewegter
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