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Track(s) taken from CKD453

In meines Vaters Garten

published in 1910 as No 2 of Fünf Lieder
author of text

Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano), Simon Lepper (piano)
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Recording details: July 2013
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Produced by Philip Hobbs
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: July 2014
Total duration: 6 minutes 11 seconds

Cover artwork: Bride of the Wind (1913) by Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980)
Kunstmuseum, Basel / Bridgeman Art Library, London


'Gustav Mahler was none too liberated when it came to encouraging, or rather discouraging, his wife Alma with her own compositions: "Such a strange relationship between rivals," he wrote. "Do you have any idea how ridiculous it would appear, can you imagine the loss of self-respect it would later cause us both?" Later he regretted his attitude, but Alma wrote little more. Her Fünf Lieder (1910), in late romantic style, expressive and full of darting chromaticisms, show her at her best. Karen Cargill, warm, instinctive and golden-voiced, and Simon Lepper are responsive partners here and in Mahler's Rückert-Lieder and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. With Linn's usual high standards of recording and programme notes, this disc gives intimate insight into an endlessly fascinating couple' (The Observer)

'In this neck of the woods we are familiar, and terminally smitten, with the ultra-gorgeous voice of mezzo Karen Cargill, particularly through her work with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. She has recorded with them, of course, but now she makes her debut solo recital disc for Linn, with her regular accompanist Simon Lepper. It's all Mahler, Gustav and Alma (and therein lies an extraordinary story for elsewhere). This is one of the most beautiful recordings I have ever heard. Cargill is in sumptuous form, at the top of her game, and never more ravishingly voiced than in these glorious, heart-melting performances of Gustav's Rückert Lieder (my favourite set of all), the five Wayfarer Songs, 'Urlicht' from the Second Symphony, and five enthralling, revelatory and lovely songs by Alma. There is a halo of intense, luminous beauty around Cargill's voice throughout. It is one of her greatest performances. It will break your heart' (The Herald)

'Listening to Scottish mezzo Karen Cargill is like sampling a fine Pinot Noir—earthy, very delicate yet full of complexity and richness that you sense will only deepen in the years to come. She is a born Mahlerian; her voice, while agile enough to take on music that is much more difficult in terms of simple presentation, has such resonance and intensity on a note-for-note basis that one can only imagine the composer himself gleaming at the thought of his songs being given by such a talent' (Audiophile Audition, USA)» More

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