Love and Longing

 
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RAVEL / DVORAK / MAHLER
Love and Longing
Magdalena Kozena (mezzo) / Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Simon Rattle

[ Deutsche Grammophon / CD ]

Release Date: Thursday 10 May 2012

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Magdalena Kožená's silken mezzo delivers definitive interpretations of this luscious and enchanting orchestral-song repertoire.

Magdalena Kožená, Sir Simon Rattle, and the Berliner Philharmoniker seduce in Ravel's Shéhérazade, stir and awe in Dvorák's austere Biblische Lieder, and render to the fullest the bittersweet potency of Mahler's intricately orchestrated Rückert Lieder.

Recorded live at the Berlin Philharmonie, these performances excite with the intense musical understanding shared by this husband-and-wife musical dream-team.

This is the first in a new series of recording projects reviving the legendary partnership between DG and the Berliner Philharmoniker.

"Recorded live at the Berlin Philharmonie, this disc brings together three distinct song cycles, in three languages (Czech, French and German) dealing with love and yearning. This is one of our favourite releases of the year so far: moving, erotic and beautifully sung." (Keith@Marbecks)

GRAMOPHONE AWARD FINALIST 2013: Vocal

MARBECKS STAFF PICKS 2012

"Recorded live at the Berlin Philharmonie, this disc brings together three distinct song cycles, in three languages (Czech, French and German) dealing with love and yearning. This is one of our favourite releases of the year so far: moving, erotic and beautifully sung." (Keith@Marbecks)

"her ease and clarity of language are as impressive as her instinctive feel for the modes of expression voiced by such diverse composers as Dvorak, Ravel and Mahler...Kozena encapsulates and conveys the spectrum of moods with a wealth of understanding and apt vocal inflection...There is never any doubt...that Kozena has these songs in her heart and has the wisdom and finesse with which to convey their very essence."
(Recording of the Month Gramophone July 2012)

Tracks:

Dvorak: Biblical Songs (10), Op. 99 (orchestrated by Vilém Zemánek)
Ravel: Shéhérazade
Mahler: Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)