Karen Cargill & Simon Lepper - Alma & Gustav Mahler: Lieder (2014) [Official Digital Download24-bit/96 kHz]

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Karen Cargill & Simon Lepper - Alma & Gustav Mahler: Lieder (2014) [Official Digital Download24-bit/96 kHz]

Karen Cargill & Simon Lepper - Alma & Gustav Mahler: Lieder (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 53:33 minutes | 964 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Seldom paired, the well-known Gustav Mahler lieder follow five of wife Alma's lesser-known, but equally engaging, songs. These personal and highly romantic songs are perfectly complemented by Cargill's poetic sensitivity; her warm and vibrant voice, with the emotional insight borne of opera, is breathtakingly beautiful. Frequently singled out for her phenomenal vocals Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill brings her exemplary range of vocal colours and rich emotional expression to bear in her debut solo recital. Simon Lepper accompanies with sensitivity and flair; an award-winning pianist specialising in vocal accompanying, Lepper is a regular recital partner of Cargill's.

The Scottish mezzo-soprano had a grand and long-overdue Washington debut recital Tuesday evening, presented in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater by Vocal Arts D.C. The program of brooding Romantic music by Gustav and Alma Mahler, Richard Wagner and Edvard Grieg hit her commanding and disciplined voice in its sweet spot.

Asked in an interview last year why she's singing so much Mahler, Cargill responded, "Well, it's where my voice is at." This was true on her recording of Gustav's five "Rückert Lieder" and Alma's "Fünf Lieder," released last year by Linn Records, and it was true live. Alma's "In Meines Vaters Garten" brought out Cargill's luscious, full-bodied chest voice and her fluid sense of rubato, ably assisted by pianist Simon Lepper. Cargill, whose top could be vibrato heavy at full volume, applied a light, pure tone in that range on the song's tender refrain ("Sweet dream!"), equally sensuous in Gustav's "Ich atmet' einen linden Duft" or bleak in his "Um Mitternacht."

Wagner's "Wesendonck Lieder" also elicited the powerful side of Cargill's voice, in "Stehe still!" and "Schmerzen," but the more controlled, dulcet tone was even more striking, especially in the gloom-darkened rendition of "Im Treibhaus" and "Träume," with their overtones of "Tristan und Isolde."

Finally, in Grieg's six German songs, Op. 48, Cargill let down her hair, with airy and flirtatious readings of "Gruß" and "Lauf der Welt" and a sexy voluptuousness in "The secretive nightingale." Cargill charmed further with an encore from "Songs of the Hebrides" - "I had to bring a bit of Scotland with me," Cargill quipped - followed by "When You're Feeling Like Expressing Your Affection," a jingle composed by Benjamin Britten for British Telephone.

Tracklist:

01 - Fünf Lieder - Die stille Stadt
02 - Fünf Lieder - In meines Vaters Garten
03 - Fünf Lieder - Laue Sommernacht
04 - Fünf Lieder - Bei dir ist es traut
05 - Fünf Lieder - Ich wandle unter Blumen
06 - Rückert Lieder - Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder
07 - Rückert Lieder - Ich atmet einen linden Duft
08 - Rückert Lieder - Liebst du um Schonheit
09 - Rückert Lieder - Um Mitternacht
10 - Rückert Lieder - Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen
11 - Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen - Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht
12 - Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen - Ging heut morgen uber s Feld
13 - Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen - Ich hab ein gluhend Messer
14 - Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen - Die zwei blauen Augen von meinem Schatz
15 - Symphony No. 2 ‘Resurrection’ - IV. Urlicht

Produced and recorded by Philip Hobbs.
Recorded at St George's, Bristol, UK, 1-4 July 2013.

Analyzed: Karen Cargill, Simon Lepper / Alma & Gustav Mahler Lieder
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR17 -2.95 dB -27.43 dB 2:54 01-Fünf Lieder - Die stille Stadt
DR15 -0.37 dB -22.49 dB 6:11 02-Fünf Lieder - In meines Vaters Garten
DR13 -3.84 dB -24.13 dB 2:07 03-Fünf Lieder - Laue Sommernacht
DR12 -10.58 dB -31.68 dB 1:54 04-Fünf Lieder - Bei dir ist es traut
DR13 -2.11 dB -25.93 dB 1:17 05-Fünf Lieder - Ich wandle unter Blumen
DR12 -8.03 dB -25.48 dB 1:18 06-Rückert Lieder - Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder
DR11 -9.94 dB -28.97 dB 2:14 07-Rückert Lieder - Ich atmet einen linden Duft
DR12 -7.46 dB -29.23 dB 2:44 08-Rückert Lieder - Liebst du um Schonheit
DR12 -2.39 dB -22.07 dB 5:45 09-Rückert Lieder - Um Mitternacht
DR15 -3.94 dB -29.41 dB 6:04 10-Rückert Lieder - Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen
DR14 -3.30 dB -25.53 dB 3:32 11-Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen - Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht
DR14 -0.40 dB -22.40 dB 4:10 12-Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen - Ging heut morgen uber s Feld
DR12 -1.84 dB -19.49 dB 2:54 13-Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen - Ich hab ein gluhend Messer
DR14 -5.70 dB -26.99 dB 5:45 14-Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen - Die zwei blauen Augen von meinem Schatz
DR16 -3.37 dB -27.81 dB 4:41 15-Symphony No. 2 ‘Resurrection’ - IV. Urlicht
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Number of tracks: 15
Official DR value: DR13

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 2290 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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