Franz Schubert / Gustav Mahler: Orchestral Works

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Franz Schubert / Gustav Mahler: Orchestral Works 43:04 $17.98
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1 Franz Schubert: Quartet in D minor "Death and the Maiden" D 810 (arr. for String Orchestra by Gustav 13:15 88/24 Album only
2 Franz Schubert: Quartet in D minor "Death and the Maiden" D 810 (arr. for String Orchestra by Gustav 11:12 88/24 Album only
3 Franz Schubert: Quartet in D minor "Death and the Maiden" D 810 (arr. for String Orchestra by Gustav 3:17 $2.49 Buy
4 Franz Schubert: Quartet in D minor "Death and the Maiden" D 810 (arr. for String Orchestra by Gustav 7:44 $2.49 Buy
5 Gustav Mahler: Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 in F major 7:36 88/24 Album only

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Secret Passion
This MDG release features two sound highlights of high repertoire value and the highest popularity. With Roman Kofman at the baton, the Kiev Chamber Orchestra pays tribute to Gustav Mahler's secret passion for the arranging of legendary compositions for chamber orchestra! Here Schubert's Death and the Maiden is heard in magnificent orchestral guise! And, as part of the deal: the world-famous Adagietto from Mahler's own Fifth Symphony, which captivated moviegoers thirty years ago in Visconti's Death in Venice.

Glaring Misjudgment
The Vienna press did not make things easy for Mahler: "A quartet for string orchestra! Destruction of intimacy, of individuality! Chamber music is by definition written for room space. It is really enjoyed only by the performers." What a glaring misjudgment! For his part, Mahler was simply possessed with the idea of presenting works of art dearest to his heart in the most effective way possible.

Trial Balloon
The transcription of Death and the Maiden was not Mahler's first attempt to present a string quartet for a larger public and in the form of an arrangement for string orchestra. Already on November 19, 1894, he had sent up a trial balloon in the New Hamburg Subscription Concerts with his upgrading of the variation movement from Schubert's String Quartet in D minor.
His intention to arrange the whole work, however, did not get beyond sketches. One hundred years later the Kiev Chamber Orchestra returned to his sketches, and Mahler's wish came true: an ecstasy of string sound!

Concertmaster and Conductor
Roman Kofman's career got off to a dazzling start. As a violinist he advanced within the shortest time to the post of concertmaster of the Kiev Chamber Orchestra and then embarked on just as distinguished a career as a conductor. Since 1978 he has directed a conducting class at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Kiev, and since 2003 he has led the Beethoven Orchestra of Bonn. Now this outstanding artist's "home" Kiev Chamber Orchestra also profits from his excellent conducting technique.