Mahler Songs from ‘Des Knaben Wunderhorn’ 42’
Janácek The Fiddler’s Child 12’
Haydn Symphony No.100, ‘Military’ 28’
Sir Mark Elder conductor
Angelika Kirchschlager mezzo-soprano | Jacques Imbrailo baritone
Internationally-renowned singers Angelika Kirchschlager and Jacques Imbrailo are the soloists in Mahler’s ‘Des Knaben Wunderhorn’, a highly original and richly contrasted song cycle based on German folk poetry. Charming, humorous, ferocious and deeply touching, these poems and the music Mahler wrote for them inspired much of his work. Lovers of his symphonies will recognise many of the melodies in these colourful settings. A different take on the folk tales and the military resonances of the Austro-Hungarian empire is heard in the works of his near neighbours, Haydn and Janácek, whose ‘The Fiddler’s Child’, inspired by a macabre Czech fairy tale, is a wonderful example of the composer’s unique and very Czech musical language. Finally, Sir Mark and the Hallé and its crack percussion ‘hit squad’ recreate what one of Haydn’s contemporaries described as ‘the hellish roar of war’ in the composer’s enthralling ‘Military’ Symphony.
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