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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    It seems the standard if for a soprano to sing in the fourth movement of Mahler's fourth symphony. However, I see there are recordings with a mezzo: Frederica von Stade.

    Are there any other mezzo's on recording for Mahler 4?

    How about alto or contralto (or are those two the same)?

    It can be transposed down perhaps.

    How about sopranos who have a deeper, richer voice that sound more mezzo on this work?
    If you're thinking of Szell's recording the soloist is Raskin. Von Stade sings in the lieder fill up

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    If you're thinking of Szell's recording the soloist is Raskin. Von Stade sings in the lieder fill up
    Von Stade sings the solo part on Abbado's recording wih the Wiener Phil. It doesn't lie particularly high, so a mezzo could sing it, and one with Von Stade's light fresh sound and simplicity of manner might just get away with it.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Quite tempting is this one with Neblett /Horne on Mahler 2:
    "All of Italian opera can be heard in [Bellini's] "Ah! non creda [mirarti]."
    --Renata Scotto in "Scotto, More Than a DIva."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becca View Post
    ...although a boy soprano doesn't really work (e.g. Bernstein)
    The young Max Emanuel Cencic is pretty good on Anton Nanut's recording with the Ljubljana Radio Symphony Orchestra.

    For a truly young and innocent sounding soprano, Netania Devrath takes some beating in her recording with Maurice Abravanel.
    Last edited by Reichstag aus LICHT; Feb-08-2019 at 16:29.

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