Audiophile Mastering By Kevin Gray From Original Master Tapes!
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 Schumanns 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 Hölderins poem demands. That finally a hopeful, conciliatory though unsure moment lingers is reflected in the musical means. Many emotions and vagaries are emulated in Mahlers 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. Drum rolls 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 production was manufactured 100% analogously, with the use of the analogue mastertape and analogue mastering.
180g High Quality Virgin Vinyl
Audiophile Mastering By Kevin Gray From Original Master Tapes
Mildred Miller, mezzo-soprano
The Occidental College Concert Choir
Howard Swan, director
The Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Bruno Walter, conductor
1. Alto Rhapsody
2. Song Of Destiny
3. Songs Of A Wayfarer
Recorded June 1960 and January 1961 at Columbia Studios, Hollywood