Symphony No 4 etc
Les Nuits d’Eté
Orchestra of the Swan
Just another Mahler Four? Far from it: this is the chamber version (no brass, bassoon or harp but with piano and harmonium) which Erwin Stein devised for cash-strapped Vienna after the First World War, when Mahler’s music was still “modern” and needing to be heard.
Woodwind obbligatos and string glissandos bring out the symphony’s gypsy soul in this spirited performance under David Curtis, but the CD’s value lies just as much in the chance to hear the lovely Heather Shipp singing Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’Eté, in a chamber version by David Matthews.