Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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Pierre Boulez conducts Webern, Stravinsky & Mahler

Pierre Boulez conducts Webern, Stravinsky & Mahler


Mahler:

Symphony No. 6 in A minor 'Tragic'

Stravinsky:

Le Chant du Rossignol

Webern:

Passacaglia for Orchestra, Op. 1

Variations for Orchestra, Op. 30


Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, Pierre Boulez

The LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY was founded in 2004 by Pierre Boulez in conjunction with the Festival’s executive director Michael Haefliger. Since then, some 130 highly gifted young musicians from all corners of the globe have gathered together every summer in Lucerne. Working together in daily rehearsals, workshops, and lessons, the participants are trained in basic skills for performing contemporary music. The teaching staff is made up of members of the Parisian Ensemble intercontemporain, one of the most celebrated ensembles in the field of modern music.

The 2010 Academy repertoire was recorded live during rehearsals and concerts of the Academy in summer 2010. The double CD is the only audio recording of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY Orchestra under the baton of renowned maestro Pierre Boulez – available worldwide.

In the sense of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY’s tradition to study contemporary scores and modern masterpieces of the early 20th century this audio recording offers Anton Webern’s Passacaglia for Orchestra, Op. 1 and Variations for Orchestra, Op. 30, Igor Stravinsky’s Le Chant du Rossignol and is rounded off by Gustav Mahler’s Sixth Symphony in A minor.

“[The Mahler] all starts trenchantly enough, allowing the nightmare of the first movement development and its gracious idyll [to] take wing..The first disc is gorgeously brilliantly programmed and gorgeously played” BBC Music Magazine, September 2011 *****

“Holding these divergent works together is Boulez's crystalline clarity of line, seasoned with masterful timbres that let each piece blossom of its own accord...the young musicians of the Academy Orchestra do consistently rise to the occasion, with a palpable sense of discovery in their playing” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2011

“Tender and affectionate, with wonderful gradations of truly soft playing leading to a genuinely moving climax that never becomes overwrought, this manifests a glowing tribute to the subtlety and concentration of these gifted musicians. Much more needs to be heard from them, especially given the superb recording.” International Record Review, July/August 2011

“The Nightingale (wrongly titled in the sleeve notes) receives a glittering account – not sumptuous exactly, but dashingly dramatic and vividly coloured.” The Guardian, 16th June 2011 ***

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Mahler: Autopsy of a Genius (Autopsie d’un Génie)

Mahler: Autopsy of a Genius (Autopsie d’un Génie)


A Film by Andy Sommer

written with Catherine Sauvat

Director Andy Sommer is known for his sensational musical documentaries on the immortals Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Berlioz. Today he tackles the mythical Gustav Mahler, proposing a cinematic autopsy of the many facets of this musical genius, who was at once composer, orchestra conductor and opera house director.

The film proposes to make the autopsy of this genius composer and takes us on a journey to the heart of Mahler’s world, going beyond the legends and clichés, and drawing on the latest research to create a portrait that brings us as close as possible to the man Mahler really was.

The film includes the participation of prominent Mahlerian personalities, as Henry-Louis de la Grange, paired with a visually spectacular, accessible dramatisation directly related to Mahler’s music and images inspired by 1900 Vienna’s enduring modernity and “Nature” which always plaid a special role in the Mahler’s inspiration.

The film continues its ‘autopsy’ of the man beyond his death, retracing interpretations of his music by different orchestra conductors up to the present day: from Bruno Walter, Willem Mengelberg to Leonard Bernstein… and from Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez to Daniele Gatti, Daniel Harding and Jonathan Nott.

Picture format DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sounds formats DVD: PCM Stereo

Region code: 0

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Original Language: French

Subtitled language versions: English, German, French

Running time: 90 mins

“Despite the title, a straightforward if oddly gappy account of Mahler's life and works, mostly in French, with high-class performance clips, landscape shots, and expert comments by Henry-Louis de la Grange.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2011 ****

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Mahler: Lieder

Mahler: Lieder


Mahler:

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)

Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Rheinlegendchen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Lob des hohen Verstandes (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Das irdische Leben (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Urlicht (orig. in Des Knaben Wunderhorn)


Margaret Price (soprano) & Thomas Dewey (piano)

“If you thought Mahler's intense late Romanticism was outside Price's range, think again. She is convincing in irony and tragedy.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2011 *****

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Sirène

Sirène


Bizet:

La sirène

Debussy:

La mer est plus belle

Dowland:

My heart and tongue were twins

Sorrow, stay

Dvorak:

Mesícku na nebi hlubokém 'Song to the Moon' (from Rusalka)

Fauré:

La fleur qui va sur l'eau Op. 85 No. 2

Gregorian Chant:

Ave maris stella (gregoriano)

Haydn:

The Mermaid's Song, Hob. XXVIa:25

Honegger:

Chanson des Sirènes (No. 1 from "Three Songs from La petite Sirène" d'Andersen)

Berceuse

Lawes, H:

Slide soft, you silver floods

Mahler:

Phantasie aus Don Juan (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Mendelssohn:

Auf dem Teich, dem regungslosen, weilt des Mondes, Op. 71 No. 4

Purcell:

Two Daughters of this Aged Stream (from King Arthur, Z628)

Schubert:

Der Fischer, D225 (Goethe)

Am See, D746 (Bruchmann)

Des Fischers Liebesgluck, D933 (Leitner)

Schumann:

Loreley Op. 53 No. 2 (August Wilhelmine Lorenz)

Der Himmel hat eine Träne geweint, Op. 37 No. 1

Die Meerfee Op. 125 No. 1

Szymanowski:

Samotny ksiezyc (No. 1 from Piesni ksieznicki z basni 'Songs of a Fairytale Princess', Op. 31)

Złote Trzewiczi (No. 3 from Piesni ksieznicki z basni 'Songs of a Fairytale Princess', Op. 31)

Pieśń o Fali (No. 5 from Piesni ksieznicki z basni 'Songs of a Fairytale Princess', Op. 31)

Wolf, H:

Die Geister am Mummelsee (No. 47 from Mörike-Lieder)

Erstes Liebeslied eines Mädchens (No. 42 from Mörike-Lieder)

Nixe Binsefuss (No. 45 from Mörike-Lieder)


Anna Prohaska (soprano), Eric Schneider (piano), Simon Martyn-Ellis (lute)

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A Flourish of Brass

A Flourish of Brass


Brahms:

O Welt, ich muss dich lassen

arr. Yamamoto

Bruckner:

Locus iste, WAB 23

arr. Yamamoto

Dukas:

Fanfare to La Peri

Grainger:

'The Duke of Marlborough' Fanfare

Hindemith:

Morgenmusik

Lanner:

Steyrische Tänze, Op. 165

arr. Yamamoto

Mahler:

Urlicht (from Symphony No. 2)

arr. Yamamoto

Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor - Adagietto

arr. Yamamoto

Symphony No. 6 in A minor 'Tragic': Was mir die Liebe erzählt

arr. Yamamoto

Sibelius:

Tiera for Brass Septet and Percussion

Strauss, J, II:

Annen-Polka, Op. 117

arr. Yamamoto

Pizzicato Polka

arr. Yamamoto

Yamamoto:

Suite des Quatre Chansons Japonaises


Ensemble Pegasus, Tokyo

The ensemble-playing of the 22 musicians is characterized by an irreproachable intonation and rhythmical precision, but primarily by their wide range in dynamics, articulation and expressiveness (the pianissimo-nuances of the ensemble are breath-taking!). With his great knowledge about instruments, the band-leader, professor Yamamoto, is an outstanding arranger and knows precisely how to utilize the capacities of his band-members. Therefore, it has been possible for the ensemble to enter into and incorporate genres and styles beyond the conventional brass-band repertoire. “Tailor-made” arrangements of symphonic music by Mahler, organ-music by Brahms, and a choir-piece by Bruckner sound surprisingly idiomatic and, for a while, make the listener forget about authenticity and the original instrumentations! Even prof. Yamamoto’s own entertaining rhapsody of Japanese childrens’ tunes as well as such well-known lighter genres that used to be played in transcriptions for brass-bands, like Strauss waltzes and polkas, are performed by Pegasus, with a sort of symphonic feeling, in a refined and enriched manner.

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Mahler Songs

Mahler Songs


Mahler:

Kindertotenlieder

Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)

Urlicht (from Symphony No. 2)

Der Abschied (Das Lied von der Erde)


Maria Forsström (contralto), Johannes Landgren (organ)

”Mahler Songs” is an enormous transcription project, which has taken two years to complete. The original orchestration is here re-arranged for a grand symphonic organ. The intention is to get to know how the beyond-the-world aspect in Mahlers music and song texts can be deepened through the encounter with the sacred room and the organ as a sacred instrument. The recording has been made with 10 microphones in a surround system in the Vasa Church, Göteborg, Sweden. The fantastic orchestral organ of this church was built in 1909 and has been fundamental for awakening the idea and inspiring its fulfillment.

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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde


Cornelia Kallisch (mezzo) & Siegfried Jerusalem (tenor)

Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Michael Gielen

SWR music continues their critically acclaimed Mahler cycle with Das Lied von der Erde. The Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg have joined forces with two of the great Mahler singers of our time, Cornelia Kallisch and Siegfried Jerusalem.

“Gielen reveals unsuspected riches in Mahler's textures, Jerusalem excels as the drunkard” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ***

“What has been released is actually an amalgamation of two session exactly a decade apart...[Kallisch] evinces real finesse in the fourth, with its evocations of beauty and enchantment...Yet this is ultimately Gielen's 'performance', and those familiar with his Mahler will encounter the expected combination of formal precision and expressive spontaneity here.” International Record Review, July 2011

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Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2

Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2


Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Recorded in Carnegie Hall on 12th February 1950

New York Philharmonic

Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'

Recorded in Vienna on 16th September 1948

Maria Cebotari (soprano) & Rosette Anday (contralto)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Chor der Wiener Staatsoper


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Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D major

Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D major


This performance, conducted by Sir John Barbirolli was recorded in Torino on 25th November 1960.

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Mahler: Symphony No. 10 & Kindertotenlieder

Mahler: Symphony No. 10 & Kindertotenlieder


Debussy:

La Mer

Recorded in Cologne on 24th October 1960

Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester, Dmitri Mitropoulos

Mahler:

Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major

Recorded at Carnegie Hall on 13th March 1958

Dmitri Mitropoulos

Kindertotenlieder

Recorded at Carnegie Hall on 12th February 1960

Jennie Tourel (mezzo-soprano)

Leonard Bernstein


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