Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble & Trevor Pinnock - Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen - BBC Radio 3 ‘CD Review’
Their Mahler songs caught my eye, but something else caught my ear when I listened. It's a strange, emotionally intense work by Furreccio Busoni written in painful circumstances in 1909 after Busoni's parents had died within 5 months of one another. He wrote a piece in memory of each of them and the Berceuse élégiaque was for his mother, subtitled ‘The Man's Cradle Song at his Mother's Coffin'.
These fine young musicians show no frailty in the Busoni, Wagner's Siegfried Idyll or the chamber version of the songs by Zemlinksy and Schoenberg's own arrangements of Mahler's Wayfarer...