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Revelge

First line:
Des Morgens zwischen drein und vieren
composer
July 1899; subsequently published as No 1 of Lieder (also called Sieben Lieder aus letzter Zeit)
author of text
Des Knaben Wunderhorn

 
Revelge is a terrifying march of death, from the days when troops went into battle as though on parade. To the rattle of drums and blare of trumpets, it is propelled headlong from early morning reveille into the fury of charge and countercharge. Only when every man has been mown down does the pace slacken, transforming the smart military stride into the dry rattle of dead men’s bones, ghostly fanfares echoing across the stricken landscape. The final page, in which the dead drummer and his comrades rise up once more on parade, is cataclysmic in its effect.

from notes by Roger Vignoles © 2008

Revelge ist ein grausiger Todesmarsch aus den Zeiten, als Truppen wie auf Parade in die Schlacht marschierten. Zum Rühren der Trommeln und Schmettern der Trompeten wird er vom Wecksignal am Morgen in den Aufruhr von Attacke und Gegenattacke gestürzt. Erst wenn jeder einzelne Mann niedergemäht ist, verlangsamt sich das Tempo und verwandelt den strammen Militärschritt in das trockene Ratteln der Gebeine der Toten, und gespenstische Fanfaren hallen aus der betroffenen Landschaft wider. Die letzte Seite, als der der tote Tambour und seine Kameraden noch einmal zur Parade aufstehen, besitzt katastrophische Wirkung.

aus dem Begleittext von Roger Vignoles © 2008
Deutsch: Renate Wendel

Recordings

Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn
CDA67645

Details

Track 1 on CDA67645 [6'36]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67645 track 1

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-08-64501
Duration
6'36
Recording date
18 February 2007
Recording venue
Tonstudio Teije van Geest, Sandhausen, Germany
Recording producer
Teije van Geest
Recording engineer
Teije van Geest
Hyperion usage
  1. Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn (CDA67645)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: January 2008
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