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Hyperion Records

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Weisse Zickzacks (1922) by Wassilky Kandinsky (1866-1944)
ADAGP / DACS, London
Track(s) taken from CKD438
Recording details: February 2012
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Produced by Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: July 2013
Total duration: 10 minutes 39 seconds

Both these ensemble arrangements have been recorded before, but together these wonderfully lucid performances, conducted by Trevor Pinnock, make a fine start to the series. The myriad colours of Debussy's scoring in the Prélude are carefully preserved, even if the result is more like a pastel drawing than an oil painting, while the much more drastic compression of Mahler's soundworld reveals details that are usually never heard in an orchestral performance … the introduction of the soprano soloist (Sónia Grané here) for the final movement becomes utterly natural, and creates all kinds of unexpected connections, not only with Mahler's own songs but with Schoenberg's works, too. A satisfying, thought-provoking disc' (The Guardian) » More

'No matter how many times you have been gobsmacked by something familiar given in a fresh, revivifying perspective, every time it happens it is as exhilarating, shocking and revelatory as the first time. And that is the message embedded in this alluring, intoxicating and mind-opening brace of performances of chamber music reductions of Mahler's Fourth Symphony and Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, made for Schoenberg's private performance society early in the last century. The fantastic thing about these performances by the London students (and the peerless authenticist Trevor Pinnock) is that in both pieces the young musicians capture the scale and depth of the essentially symphonic nature of the music, while, in parallel with that, drawing you right into the intimate heart—the chamber music soul—of these great masterpieces. You will be surprised. Simply, this is one of the most beautiful and revealing discs I have heard in years. I am completely hooked' (The Herald)

'Mit der vorliegenden Mahler-Aufnahme und der charmanten Debussy-Eröffnung betritt Pinnock neues Terrain. Die hier vertretenen Musiker entstammen der renommierten Royal Academy of Music, die seit 1822 Solisten von Rang ausbildet und deren Absolventen von großen Orchestern und Dirigenten in aller Welt hoch geschätzt werden. Mit ihnen gelang Pinnock ein belebender Sound, der Mahler und auch Debussys Prélude ungewohnte Aspekte entlockt und den Bearbeitungen neue Berechtigung verlieh. Bitte mehr Experimente dieser Art, Mr Pinnock!' (Der Spiegel, Germany) » More

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, L87
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