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Visions of Childhood


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Kenneth Woods writes: “Given that this programme was to be an exploration of childhood, the obvious place to start is with birth. Richard Wagner wrote his Siegfried Idyll as a birthday present for his wife, Cosima, just after the birth of their son, Siegfried. Nowhere else in music is there so tender an evocation of those fragile, precious and fraught first days and weeks of life. Engelbert Humperdinck’s great children’s opera, Hänsel und Gretel, a quasi-Wagnerian setting of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale, tells the story of two children in peril… “Die Forelle” (“The Trout”) is one of Schubert’s simplest and most popular songs, composed in 1817,when Schubert was just 20, to words by Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubart… Gustav Mahler’s 100-minute Third symphony and his Fourth grew out of the musical material in the short, beautiful song which forms the final movement of the Fourth Symphony, “Das himmlische Leben” (“The Heavenly Life,”), and which concludes these Visions of Childhood. First, however, we hear his song “The Earthly Life” (“Das irdische Leben”) which forms a sort of bleak mirror image to that song. As with the Humperdinck, I have essentially stuck as closely as possible to Mahler’s own orchestration, which is a model of clarity and economy, but also full of extreme, even grotesque, colors. Finally, we come to another combination of song and variations by Schubert, both known as “Der Todund das Mädchen” (“Death and the Maiden”). The song is based on a poem by Matthias Claudius and was written in 1817, the same year as “The Trout.” It has only two verses – one in which the Maiden pleads with Death to pass her by, and one in which Death assures her that he is a friend.
Facts
Item number NI6408
Barcode 0710357640827
Release date 2/5/2021
Category Classical Music
Label NIMBUS ALLIANCE
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Fredrick, April
Conductor Woods, Kenneth
Orchestra English Symphony Orchestra
Disc: 1
Symphony No. 4 in G major (arr. E. Stein for chamb00:00:00
1 Symphony No. 4 in G major: I. Bedächtig, nicht eil 00:00:15 English Symphony Orchestra Woods, Kenneth
Siegfried Idyll (arr. K. Woods for chamber orchest00:18:00
2 Siegfried Idyll (arr. K. Woods for chamber orchest 00:18:20 English Symphony Orchestra Woods, Kenneth
Hänsel und Gretel, Act II: Der kleine Sandmann bin00:05:00
3 Hänsel und Gretel, Act II: Der kleine Sandmann bin 00:04:57 English Symphony Orchestra Woods, Kenneth Fredrick, April
Die Forelle, D. 550 (arr. K. Woods for voice and c00:06:00
4 Die Forelle, D. 550 (arr. K. Woods for voice and c 00:05:45 English Symphony Orchestra Woods, Kenneth Fredrick, April
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: No. 5. Das irdische Leben (00:03:00
5 Des Knaben Wunderhorn: No. 5. Das irdische Leben ( 00:03:10 English Symphony Orchestra Woods, Kenneth Fredrick, April
Der Tod und das Mädchen, Op. 7, No. 3, D. 531 (arr00:16:00
6 Der Tod und das Mädchen, Op. 7, No. 3, D. 531 (arr 00:15:33 English Symphony Orchestra Woods, Kenneth Fredrick, April
Symphony No. 4 in G Major00:56:00
7 Symphony No. 4 in G Major: IV. Sehr behaglich 00:09:11 English Symphony Orchestra Woods, Kenneth Fredrick, April
4 Letzte Lieder (4 Last Songs), TrV 296 (arr. J. L00:22:00
8 No. 1. Frühling (Spring) 00:04:05 English Symphony Orchestra Woods, Kenneth Fredrick, April
9 No. 2. September 00:04:43 English Symphony Orchestra Woods, Kenneth Fredrick, April
10 No. 3. Beim Schlafengehen (At Bedtime) 00:05:44 English Symphony Orchestra Woods, Kenneth Fredrick, April
11 No. 4. Im Abendrot (In the Evening Glow) 00:07:52 English Symphony Orchestra Woods, Kenneth Fredrick, April
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