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O Röschen rot
?1892; subsequently published as No 12 of Des Knaben Wunderhorn (also called Humoresken); reused as the 4th movement of Symphony No 2
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Des Knaben Wunderhorn

'Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn' (CDA67645)
Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn
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Urlicht is the most remarkably spiritual song of the set. Recycled a year after its composition as the fourth movement of the second symphony, it is deceptive in its simplicity. The extraordinary serenity of the chorale-like section, for instance, is the product of a constantly changing time signature that punctuates the phrases and allows pauses for reflection. Both earthly sorrow and heavenly bliss are sketched in with vivid economy, the singer’s ‘broad path’ signalled by birdsong in the manner of Ich ging mit Lust—a vision of heaven as a paradise of nature, while the impassioned tremolandi and yearning intervals of the climax expand a mere five minutes of music into an entire treatise on the human condition. Nothing could better illustrate the crucial importance of the Wunderhorn world to Mahler’s vision—musical, emotional and spiritual.

from notes by Roger Vignoles © 2008

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Details for CDA67645 track 13
Recording date
18 February 2007
Recording venue
Tonstudio Teije van Geest, Sandhausen, Germany
Recording producer
Teije van Geest
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Teije van Geest
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  1. Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn (CDA67645)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: January 2008
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