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Trevor Pinnock and RAM - Mahler - Gramophone


01 July 2013
Gramophone
Ken Smith

Just when you thought that last season's Mahler centenary had exhausted the possibilities of new recruits to the late Romantics, we can now add Trevor Pinnock. And yet the artistic values that Pinnock has long espoused, from textural clarity to historically informed performance, prove crucial to this particular project.

Schoenberg, on the other hand, is hardly new in the Mahler picture, not least because of the history of his Society for Private Musical Performances. Although Schoenberg's own arrangements of Songs of a Wayfarer and especially Das Lied von der Erde (which lay in sketches till the 1980s) had a good run last year, examples like this 1921 arrangement of the Fourth Symphony by early Schoenberg pupil Erwin Stein long remained in the footnotes. Cue the research division.

This Mahler Fourth, reconstructed by conductor Alexander Platt from Stein's notations on a full symphonic score, draws a clear line to the piece's roots in Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Under Pinnock, the Royal Academy of Music's Chamber Ensemble bring to the surface the lithe counterpoint that usually lumbers under thicker string textures, while soprano Sonia Grane succeeds admirably in illuminating the piece's inner folksong.

No less successful is Schoenberg's arrangement of Debussy's Prelude a L 'apres midi d'un faune, which essentially serves as the programme's overture. Despite reassigning a few instrumental lines and having the harmonium approximate the sustained wind sonorities, Schoenberg remains largely faithful to the original. It's not a word often associated with the composer, but Schoenberg rarely sounds so sensuous.


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