„The following songs allow violinists to experience the emotional peaks of this irresistible music while exploring the new world it depicts. We also face the challenge of communicating such strong emotions and warmth in a manner worthy of a large orchestra.
For me personally, the arrangements are a great enrichment of the violin repertoire.“
Mahler for violin and piano? Why not!
The violin is probably the instrument most akin to the human voice and Mahler was a prolific song writer.
Georgian violinist, Lisa Batiashvili, has chosen five songs, in arrangements by Ronald Kornfeil, to enhance her own and others’ concert repertoire. She offers a selection from Aus der Jugendzeit, Fahrenden Gesellen and Des Knaben Wunderhorn, including the gorgeous Urlicht. The full-throated piano accompaniments of these originally orchestral songs will not only do the songs justice but also remind us of their use in Mahler’s symphonies where, of course, the solo violin often featured.
With no huge technical demands, these arrangements can be tackled even by intermediate players and will offer students a rewarding exercise in powerful yet lyrical playing.
Gustav Mahler: Ging heut morgen übers Feld - five selected songs for violin and piano by Lisa Batiashvili