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Wanderer: Songs by Schumann, Killmayer & Mahler

Ensemble Konstraste

Christoph Prégardien

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About the Album

Not even our contemporary inclination towards ‘authenticity’ and ‘loyalty to the composer’s intentions’ has been able to stop the trend of adapting scores for a different instrumentation than what the composer originally had in mind. The rapidly growing number of smallish ensembles with combinations of instruments for which very little music is available has even proved to be an added incentive in this direction, leading towards a new development within classical music. Not infrequently, a particular interest is shown in lieder which were originally written for solo voice with piano accompaniment. Sometimes the composers themselves put a small instrumental ensemble or even a complete symphony orchestra in the place of the original piano part, but it is not unusual for others to undertake this task.

One of the composers who adapted a piano score for a complete orchestra was Gustav Mahler (1860-1911), and the orchestration for his Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer, written in 1883-1885) followed the piano version so quickly that the very first performance in 1886 immediately featured the orchestra. In 1920, Arnold Schoenberg created a new version for flute, clarinet, harmonium, piano, string quintet and percussion, and this instrumentation was taken by the ensemble KONTRASTE as the starting point for a project called Wanderer, in collaboration with the tenor Christoph Prégardien. It revolves around Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen as well as sixteen lieder by Robert Schumann, which were arranged for this project by Marcus Reiβenberger. The idea was to retain the liveliness heard in the piano accompaniment while at the same time creating an instrumental colour palette that far surpassed it. A sort of intermezzo is formed by four lieder by contemporary composer Wilhelm Killmayer, who wrote his own instrumentation to fit in with the idiom used in the lieder of Mahler and Schumann.


  1. Romanzen Und Balladen I, Op.45: II. Frühlingsfahrt Robert Schumann 0:30
  2. Waldszenen, Op.82: I. Eintritt Robert Schumann 0:30
  3. Liederkreis, Op.39: VIII. In Der Fremde Robert Schumann 0:30
  4. Liederkreis, Op.39: III. Waldesgespräch Robert Schumann 0:30
  5. Liederkreis, Op.39: V. Mondnacht Robert Schumann 0:30
  6. Waldszenen, Op.82: III. Einsame Blumen Robert Schumann 0:30
  7. Gesänge, Op.142: I. Trost Im Gesang Robert Schumann 0:30
  8. Gedichte Von Justinus Kerner, Op.35: V. Sehnsucht Nach Der Waldgegend Robert Schumann 0:30
  9. Gedichte Von Justinus Kerner, Op.35: VII. Wanderung Robert Schumann 0:30
  10. Waldszenen, Op.82: VI. Herberge Robert Schumann 0:30
  11. Lieder Und Gesänge, Op.127: III. Es Leuchtet Meine Liebe Robert Schumann 0:30
  12. Lieder Und Gesänge, Op.127: II. Dein Angesicht, So Lieb Und Schön Robert Schumann 0:30
  13. Gesänge, Op.142: II. Lehn Deine Wang' An Meine Wang' Robert Schumann 0:30
  14. Gesänge, Op.142: IV. Mein Wagen Rollet Langsam Robert Schumann 0:30
  15. Waldszenen, Op.82: IX. Abschied Robert Schumann 0:30
  16. Kinderszenen, Op.15: Xiii. Der Dichter Spricht Robert Schumann 0:30
  17. Hölderlin-Lieder II: In Lieblicher Bläue Wilhelm Killmayer 0:30
  18. Hölderlin-Lieder II: Der Mensch Wilhelm Killmayer 0:30
  19. Hölderlin-Lieder II: Wie Wolken Wilhelm Killmayer 0:30


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Additional information


Killmayer, Wilhelm, Mahler, Gustav, Schumann, Robert


Ensemble Kontraste, Prégardien, Christoph


Late Romantic (1860 – 1920 A.D.)


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