Love And Longing

Kozena Magdelena

Love And Longing
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Love And Longing

Kozena Magdelena

Catalogue # 4790065

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.

Dvorak:
Biblical Songs (10), Op. 99, orchestrated by Vilém Zemánek

Mahler:
Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)

Ravel:
Shéhérazade

Magdalena Kožená (mezzo-soprano)
Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle

Review

This is a very interesting meld of works, with three wildly different composers. Starting with Antonin Dvorak’s Biblical Songs for Voice and Orchestra, we go via France and Ravel’s tone poem, Sheherazade through to Mahler and his Five Songs based on the poems of Friedrich Ruckert. What is stunning about this album is the musicianship throughout. With her husband, Sir Simon Rattle leading the Berlin Philharmonic they create sweeping musical gestures while exploring the poetic souls of these composers.

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