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Clytus Gottwald’s choral transcriptions are amazing largely because of his extreme empathy with the originals. The highlight of this recording is the Adagietto from Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, for which Gottwald carefully selected an appropriate poem by Eichendorff. The performance is superb, fully meeting both emotional and technical demands. In the orchestral songs, the accompaniments are drawn neatly into a choral texture which recreates them without losing Mahler. The three Alma Mahler transcriptions reveal a generational difference in choice of texts and a closer musical sympathy with her peers. A pity that Gustav proscribed her composition.

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