Coming soon - Download Manchester Camerata's acclaimed Das Lied von der Erde
|We're just days away from making the live recording of Manchester Camerata's performance of Das Lied von der Erde - which took place at the Bridgewater Hall in January - available for download from the Camerata's website!
Das Lied von der Erde was Manchester Camerata's contribution to the Manchester Mahler Series - a celebration of 150 years since the birth of the great composer.
The series - which is seeing all the Symphonies played in order, plus Das Lied von der Erde - is a partnership between The Bridgewater Hall, The Halle, the BBC Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata.
The recording engineers were at the concert in January to record the latest in Manchester Camerata's Beethoven cycle - a long term project to record the complete Beethoven Symphony cycle with Artistic Director Douglas Boyd.
"So it seemed a perfect opportunity to get them to record Das Lied von der Erde" says Manchester Camerata Chief Executive, Bob Riley.
"But it meant a gruelling recording session for all involved, including soprano Jane Irwin and tenor Peter Wedd" he adds.
"That day saw the musicians work through the Beethoven for three hours, then the Mahler for a further three hours. Then came the live performance which also included a new work by Bushra El-Turk. Then, after the audience had filed out, the innevitable `patching' or re-records had to be carried out to complete the Beethoven recording. And then, as if that weren't enough, everyone piled back the next day to do the patching for the Mahler."
"It was an exhausting experience, made possible by the laser guided concentration and commitment by the Manchester Camerata musicians and Douglas Boyd."
To get this exciting recording to the public as quickly as possible, a download version of Das Lied von der Erde is being made available very shortly on the Manchester Camerata website. You'll soon be able to pay for and download the music, complete with programme notes, the moment it's up online.
The recording all also be made available via iTunes and then as a physical CD later in the year.
Manchester Camerata has also used the opportunity to create a vibrant and environmentally timely education project which will see kids from 14 primary schools in the region perform with Camerata at The Bridgewater Hall in April.
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