Five of the best recordings of Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená

Unmissable recordings by the great conductor and mezzo power couple

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Five of the best recordings of Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená
Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená
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Love and Longing

Orchestral songs by Dvořák, Mahler and Ravel
Magdalena Kožená (mezzo-soprano), Berlin Philharmonic/Simon Rattle
DG 479 0065

Magdalena Kožená projects the sincerity of these myriad settings magnificently, we suggested back in 2012. A beautifully crafted and performed programme.

 

Mozart Operas and Concert Arias

Magdalena Kožená (mezzo-soprano), Jos Van Immerseel (fortepiano), Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Simon Rattle
DG Archiv 477 6316

A charming and stylishly performed collection of arias from Così fan tutte, The Marriage of Figaro, Idomeneo and more – plus the gorgeous concert aria Ch’io mi scordi di te? K505. 

 

Mahler Das Lied von der Erde

Magdalena Kožená (mezzo-soprano), Stuart Skelton (tenor), Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Simon Rattle
BR Klassik 900 172

Something of a dream tema here – Kožená and Skelton dig deep while the Bavarian Radio Symphony lavish all with ladles of detail.

 

Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande

Christian Gerhaher, Magdalena Kožená, Bernarda Fink, Franz-Josef Selig, Gerald Finley et al; London Symphony Orchestra/Simon Rattle
LSO Live LSO 0790

‘Kožena’s Mélisande has a firm streak of red-blooded coquettish defiance’, we said when this sublime recording of Debussy’s opera was released in 2017.

 

Mahler Symphony No. 2

Kate Royal (soprano), Magdalena Kožená (mezzo-soprano), Berlin Radio Choir, Berlin Philharmonic/Rattle
Warner Classics 647 3632

‘For anyone who cares about this symphony, Rattle’s new recording is essential listening.’ BBC Music Magazine, March 2011.

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