Marc Albrecht conducts the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra with the acclaimed mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in a persuasive new recording of Mahler's incomparable orchestral song cycles Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen Kindertotenliederand the Ruckert-Lieder. Richly lyrical, poignant and soul searching, Mahler's orchestral songs deal with the familiar themes of love, life, resignation and loss, exquisitely realised on an orchestral canvas which combines haunting and compelling sonorities with strident, unsettling dissonances. While not as ambitious as his symphonies, they are as deeply-felt and often regarded as the key to the Iarger-scale works. The eloquent sadness of the Kindertoteniieder is expressed thoug h the rather bare orchestration and the entrancing use of solo instruments, culminating in a blissfully serene conclusion. With Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, the restless mood swings are matched with fluctuating, vividly textured orchestral colours. And for the most Iyrical song cycle, the ROckert-Lieder, the delicately woven orchestral textures are ravishing in their effect, especially in the incomparable Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen, a song of which Mahler said ''It is truly me". ''What makes Aibrecht's Mahler so unique? His approach has integrity, is intelligent and sensitive ... Albrecht leads the Mahler that makes you love Mahler.'' (NRC Handelsblad).
This album was recorded at NedPhO-Koepel, Amsterdam. November 2015 (Kindertotenlieder) and June 2016 (Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Ruckert