Brahms: Alto Rhapsody
Columbia MS 6488
Format: 1LP 180g 33rpm / standard sleeve
Manufacturer: Speakers Corner
Original label: Columbia
Release Date: 2016-12-06
Status: in stock
Johannes Brahms: "Alto Rhapsody", "Song Of Destiny" / Gustav Mahler: "Songs Of A Wayfarer" - Mildred Miller (voc), The Occidential College Concert Choir and the Columbia Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bruno Walter
The "Alto Rhapsody", "Song Of Destiny" and "Song Of A Wayfarer". Each of these three vocal compositions is unique in its expression and construction, yet the frayed emotional worlds of all three works are connected by a multitude of fine threads. The "Alto Rhapsody", which Brahms wrote as a wedding gift for Clara Schumann’s daughter Julie, in whom he was himself in love, demonstrates with almost Wagnerian weight the anger that the disappointed Brahms must have felt while composing. The "Song Of Destiny" too, with its sonorous E major waves of harmony, soon announces in C minor the finiteness of existence as Hölderin’s poem demands. That finally a hopeful, conciliatory – though unsure – moment lingers is reflected in the musical means. Many emotions and vagaries are emulated in Mahler’s song cycle. The journeyman sets off on his wanderings in order to forget his unhappy liaison and strides through the ups and downs of mixed emotions and painful heartache. Drumrolls and march rhythms reflect the real world and sounds of nature, dissonances and a change between major and minor keys show the way from dreams, reality and feelings. The recording with Mildred Miller and the Columbia Symphony Orchestra under Bruno Walter has achieved reference status and is sure of a place in the TAS Super LP List given out by "The Absolute Sound".
This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.
Recording: June 1960 and January 1961 at Columbia Studios, Hollywood
Production: John McClure