• MDG6032127 Katalognummer
  • 760623212722 EAN
  • 2CD Format
  • 2020 Utgivelsesår

Oelze, Christiane | Thomas Christian Ensemble

Christian, Thomas

Oelze, Christiane

Bruckner, Anton | Mahler, Gustav

Thomas Christian Ensemble



CD 1
Anton Bruckner
Symphony No. 7 (1883) in E major
for clarinet, horn, 2 violins, viola, violoncello, double bass, piano for 4 hands and reed organ
arranged by Erwin Stein, Hanns Eisler and Karl Rankl (1921)
Allegro moderato 18’36
Adagio.  Sehr feierlich und sehr langsam 19’36
Scherzo. Sehr schnell 9’11
Finale.  Bewegt, doch nicht schnell 12’13
Total Time:  59’55

CD 2
Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 4 (1899-1901) G major
for soprano, flute, oboe, clarinet, 2 violins, viola, violoncello, double bass, piano, harmonium and percussion arranged by Erwin Stein (1921)
Bedächtig. Nicht eilen 16‘18
In gemächlicher Bewegung. Ohne Hast 9‘14
Ruhevoll 19‘54
Sehr behaglich 9`25
Total Time:  55’23

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Added value
Great music for small rooms - Schönberg's "Association for Private Musical Performances" made this possible. Beyond star hype and public attention, this small group wanted to devote itself exclusively to the musical language and orchestrated symphonic works for chamber ensembles. The Thomas Christian Ensemble shows in this attractive double album with arrangements of the 4th symphony by Gustav Mahler and the 7th by Anton Bruckner that reduction of the instrumentation can bring a plus of experience.  

Fresh experience
The composers Erwin Stein, Karl Rankl and Hanns Eisler shared the Bruckner arrangement; Stein was solely responsible for Mahler. Freed from pasty orchestral layers of colour, the music shines as if after a cure of fresh cells. What was intended as a stopgap measure against sloppy performances still provides completely new insights into the substance and structure of the now recognized masterpieces.

Envelope curve
Hissing and applause was prohibited in Schönberg's club. If the performers had played only half as well as the Thomas Christian Ensemble, there would not have been any demonstrations of displeasure anyway. Christiane Oelze lends the  heavenly vocal part in Mahler's Fourth the necessary distance to earth.  The clear recording envelops the instruments pleasantly with natural ambient sound - one can hardly escape this effect...

Swarm intelligence
"It's fascinating!" Fanfare raved over Bruckner and praised Mahler's "excellence of playing and sound". The "quite outstanding" (klassik.com) recording also made it onto the best list of the German Record Critics' Award - truly "hugely enjoyable!"


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Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 / Mahler: Symphony No. 4 (arr. Chamber Orchestra) <span>-</span> Oelze, Christiane / Thomas Christian Ensemble Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 / Mahler: Symphony No. 4 (arr. Chamber Orchestra) Oelze, Christiane / Thomas Christian Ensemble

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