LIEDER ALIVE! Recording Project: Mahler Songs for Mezzo-Soprano and String Quartet
LIEDER ALIVE! has embarked on a unique collaboration with the award-winning Alexander String Quartet and the acclaimed mezzo-soprano, Kindra Scharich, on the performance and recording of some of the great orchestral Lieder, transcribed for voice and string quartet by Zakarias Grafilo, the Quartet’s first violinist.
Typically, Lieder are scored for a single singer and piano, or later, as the artform developed, for singer and orchestra. Commissioned by LIEDER ALIVE!, Mr. Grafilo’s exquisite Lieder transcriptions combine the lushness of the orchestral versions with the intimacy of chamber music, and the result is something completely new. A series of recordings is planned over the next several years, beginning in 2018 with three of Gustav Mahler’s beloved song cycles: Lieder eines Fahrenden gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer), the Rückert-Lieder, and Kindertotenlieder.
The Alexander String Quartet and Ms. Scharich performed the Mahler cycles on the opening concert of LIEDER ALIVE!’s 2017/18 Liederabend Series in September 2017; subsequently, in Spring 2018, these works will be recorded, with an anticipated CD release on the Quartet’s own label, Foghorn Classics, in Fall 2018.