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19 October 2014
""Prominently featured in the packaging, she is in effect the star of the show, gifted three extra songs in what is her second collaboration with the accomplished Arnhem-based ensemble on Challenge Classics.""GRAMOPHONE, 01-6-2015
Mahlers 4e Symfonie meesterlijk uitgevoerd
Gustav Mahler's 4e Symfonie is vandaag de dag waarschijnlijk de meest populaire van zijn symfonieën. Hoewel het publiek in München het werk tijdens de première "beloonde" met boegeroep, was het in Amsterdam juist een groot succes. Deze opname van Mahler's 4e Symfonie wordt uitgevoerd door het internationaal gerenommeerde Gelders Orkest onder leiding van dirigent Antonello Manacorda. De voortreffelijke solist in het laatste deel is de Zweedse sopraan Lisa Larsson, die op dit album ook drie liederen van Mahler's liedcyclus Des Knaben Wunderhorn uitvoert. Larsson is thuis op zowel het concertpodium als in de opera en staat dan ook bekend om haar diversiteit als artiest. Ze heeft gastoptredens verzorgd bij vele grote Europese operahuizen, waaronder de Beierse Staatsopera en het Royal Opera House in Londen.
Als medeoprichter, ondervoorzitter en concertmeester van het Mahler Chamber Orchestra, heeft Antonello Manacorda een sterke, persoonlijke relatie met de muziek van Mahler. Hij is hoofddirigent van de Kammerakademie in Potsdam en nam diezelfde rol op zich met het Gelders Orkest. Daarnaast trad hij als gastdirigent op bij een groot aantal orkesten, waaronder het Mozarteumorchester Salzburg en het Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Antonello Manacorda is currently Artistic Director of Kammerakademie Potsdam, a position he has held since 2010. He has been Principal Conductor of the Het Gelders Orkest in the Netherlands since 2011 – a position he bids farewell to in the 2018-19 season. He was Principal Conductor of I Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan from 2006-10.
In addition to his two current positions, Manacorda also has guest conducting relationships which include the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and the Tapiola Sinfonietta. He has also worked with a number of other orchestras including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony, Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Sydney Symphony.
In January 2015 Antonello Manacorda made his debut at the Salzburg Mozartwoche with the Mozarteumorchester in a performance of Schubert’s Alfonso und Estrella followed by an appearance at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in a programme of Strauss and Stravinsky. In February 2014 he conducted a Beethoven Cycle over four consecutive days in Potsdam with Kammerakademie Potsdam, while in April he conducted a performance of Mendelssohn’s complete Midsummer Night’s Dream which was broadcast live from the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Manacorda is currently engaged in recording a Schubert Symphony cycle for Sony Classical with the Kammerakademie Potsdam. The recordings have been met with high praise, including one being listed in Die Welt’s top ten CDs of 2013. He has also recently recorded a CD of Mahler’s 4th Symphony with Het Gelders Orkest and soprano Lisa Larsson, which was released in November 2014 by Challenge Records.
With a strong experience in opera as well as symphonic repertoire, in December 2014 Manacorda conducted Kammerakademie Potsdam’s Winter Opera production of Mozart’s La Betulia Liberata to great critical acclaim. He also has a long-standing relationship with Teatro La Fenice, and the director Damiano Michieletto, and will be returning to La Fenice in November 2015 to conduct The Magic Flute. Future opera collaborations include La Monnaie, Theater an der Wien, Komische Oper Berlin and Frankfurt Opera.
A founder-member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra Antonello Manacorda was its vice-president and concertmaster for eight years. A scholarship from De Sono in his home town of Turin allowed him to pursue his goal of becoming a conductor by enabling him to study with Jorma Panula for two years in Helsinki. From 2003-06 he was Artistic Director for chamber music at the Académie Européenne de Musique du Festival d’Aix en Provence.
During his own time, Gustav Mahler was considered as one of the major conductors of Europe, but nowadays he is considered to a major composer who bridged the Late Romantic period to the modern age.
Few composers are so connected with the symphonic repertory as Gustav Mahler. Composing symphonies was his "core business": in every aspect he developed the symphony towards, and sometimes even over, its absolute limits. Almost all of Mahler's symphonies are lenghty, demand a large orchestra and are particularly great in their expressive qualities. With rustic and mythical atmospheres (the start of the First Symphony), daunting chaos (the end of his Sixth), grand visions (end of his Second), cheerful melodies (opening Fourth), romantic melancholy (the famous adagio of his Fifth), evocations of nature (his Third), megalomanic eruptions in the orchestra (his Eighth), and the clamant atonality of his unfinished Tenth, Mahler's musical palette seemed inexhaustible.
His symphonies are captivating, but some could find it a bit 'over the top' at times. For those, his orchestral songs could undoubtedly show there is an incredibly subtle and refined side to his compositional style as well.
In the Netherlands, Mahler is particularly popular due to its close bond with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, which was already established during his lifetime!
"Prominently featured in the packaging, she is in effect the star of the show, gifted three extra songs in what is her second collaboration with the accomplished Arnhem-based ensemble on Challenge Classics."
"Thanks to the energetic temperament, it allows the listener to create in his own environment his own imaginary world."
Crescendo Magazine, 11-5-2015
"The singer and recording are excellent"
["].. The three songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn are welcome fillers, and they're beautifully delivered, too, though Manacorda's eloquent and imaginative reading of the Fourth Symphony stands memorably on its own terms."
International Record Review, 01-3-2015
"Manacorda has his own views and doesn't stick to the 'nicht eilen' in the first movement with winterly joy in snow. In the third movement we rise slower than ever through dark clouds to the pompous gate of heaven. Behind this is the radiant light and peace."
NRC Handelsblad, 02-2-2015