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Magdalena Kozena – Il giardino dei sospiri (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Magdalena Kožená – Il giardino dei sospiri (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:24:56 minutes | 1,5 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © PentaTone

On her first album under the label PentaTone, Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená returns to her first baroque loves, collaborating with her fellow countryman Václav Luks and his excellent Prague ensemble. Both a harpsichordist and a horn player, Václav Luks studied at Basel Schola Cantorum before founding the choir Collegium Vocale 1704 in 2005, made up of ninety Czech singers and musicians.

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Magdalena Kozena, Stuart Skelton, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra & Sir Simon Rattle – Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (Live) (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Magdalena Kožená, Stuart Skelton, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra & Simon Rattle – Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (Live) (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:04:08 minutes | 621 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © BR-Klassik

Conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, this performance of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) was recorded at concerts in Munich’s Herkulessaal on January 25 and 26, 2018, and features Magdalena Kožená and Stuart Skelton. The work is subtitled ‘A symphony for tenor, alto (or baritone) voice and orchestra’. It examines the border between two different genres: the Lied, in its extended form as a song cycle, and the symphony. The entire work is spanned by a taut arc, culminating – in accordance with the principle of intensification – in a huge final movement lasting as long as all the others together, and entitled Der Abschied (The Farewell). Here, Mahler is continuing the genre of the ‘Finale Symphony’, and the brightening of C minor to C major is even reminiscent of his usual apotheoses. In this symphony, as in his others, Mahler wanted to ‘create a world using all existing technical means’.

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