Today’s exclusive free classical download on Slipped Disc is an extract from a future release on Somm Records – the Erwin Stein reduction of Mahler’s fourth symphony for solo voice and 12 players. The record will not be available until February but, in the spirit of the season, we thought you’d like an early taster.
Stein, a Viennese editor who later became Benjamin Britten’s publisher, made the edition for Arnold Schoenberg’s Society for Private Musical Performances – a members-only group from which professional critics and conservative spirits were sternly excluded.
It has been recorded before, but not very convincingly. This performance, by members of the Orchestra of the Swan, gives a much clearer picture of the essence that Stein (with Schoenberg’s blessing) was trying to extract from the hectic first movement.
(Picture of Schoenberg, Klemperer, Scherchen, Webern; Stein’s the little fellow on the right)