Karen Cargill - Mahler: Lieder - The Observer
20 July 2014The Observer
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.
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