Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde


“Mexican tenor Francisco Araiza may not be everyone's immediate choice for this piece, but I like the way he brings out the lyricism in Mahler's writing. He is joined by Brigitte Fassbaender, who gives us a moving account of the final movement, ably assisted by the Berlin Philharmonic and Carlo Maria Giulini.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, June 2014

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Debussy & Mahler: Mélodies de jeunesse

Debussy & Mahler: Mélodies de jeunesse


Debussy:

Rêverie

Souhait

Le Lilas

Fête galante

Nuit d'étoiles

L'Archet

Clair de lune (song)

Pierrot

Regret

La romance d'Ariel

Apparition - song (1884)

Chanson espagnole

Les Roses

Sérénade

Mahler:

Frühlingsmorgen (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Erinnerung (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Hans und Grete (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

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

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

Ich ging mit Lust (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Ablösung im Sommer (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Scheiden und Meiden (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Das himmlische Leben (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)


Julie Fuchs (soprano) & Alphonse Cemin (piano)

Julie Fuchs, the 26-year-old soprano from Avignon, has just won a Victoire de la Musique Classique in the 'Lyrical Revelation of the Year' category, after being hailed a Classical Revelation by the perfomers’ rights society, ADAMI and carrying off the Gabriel Dessurget prize at the 2011 Aix-en-Provence Festival. Today, roles such as Susanna in 'Figaro' or Urgande in 'Amadis de Gaule' correspond perfectly to the quality of her voice, as did the title role in 'Acis et Galatée' which she took in July 2011 for the Aix-en-Provence Festival. Over the coming decade, that voice and that stage presence will see her moving towards weightier roles, with the title role of La Traviata beckoning. She’s at the start of a big career: one to watch.

“Fuchs’ bright soprano radiates character and sensitivity. An enchanting disc.” Financial Times, 16th March 2013 ****

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Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5

Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5


Mahler:

Symphony No. 4

Akiko Nakajima (soprano)

Symphony No. 5


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The Berliner Philharmoniker in Singapore (Blu-ray in 3D)

The Berliner Philharmoniker in Singapore (Blu-ray in 3D)

Recorded live at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore, 22 & 23 November 2010.


Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Rachmaninov:

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45


Spectacular filming, 3D Blu-ray release!

The Berliner Philharmoniker, one of the worlds leading orchestras, and their Artistic Director Sir Simon Rattle, are highly acclaimed all over the world. Their 2010 tour concluded with their first visit to Singapore.

The orchestra presents Mahler’s unique and breathtaking First Symphony and Rachmaninov’s late Symphonic Dances,. The Philharmonic’s beautiful rendering of Mahler’s homage to nature and Rachmaninov’s nostalgic ode to Russia is taken to a new level in this 3D recording using state-of-the-art video and audio technology.

Join Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker on a musical journey that takes the concert experience to a breathtaking new level – a feast for eyes and ears in 3D!

Picture format Blu-ray: 1080i Full HD

Sound format Blu-ray: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio Surround Sound

Region code: 0

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 120mins

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EuroArts - 2058904

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Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Mahler: Symphony No. 5


“Barbirolli’s famous 1969 version on any count is one of the greatest, most warmly affecting performances ever committed to disc, expansive, yet concentrated in feeling: the Adagietto is very moving … A classic version.’” Penguin Guide

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Gustav Mahler, Vol. 2 (1938)

Gustav Mahler, Vol. 2 (1938)


Mahler:

Symphony No. 9


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Mahler: Symphony No. 9

Mahler: Symphony No. 9


This is Dudamel’s first CD with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, recorded live at LA’s famed Disney Concert Hall as part of their epic 2012 Mahler Project, celebrating one of the most energetic and exciting musical partnerships of our times - The coming together of the very finest American orchestra, led with passion and vision by the unique force of nature that is Gustavo Dudamel.

Mahler’s magisterial Ninth Symphony was completed in 1909; tragically, he died in May 1911, without ever hearing it performed. Dudamel and the LA Phil toured Europe with Mahler 9 in 2011, garnering widespread critical acclaim: the Guardian praised them for “a refinement and expressivity that touched the sublime”.

“It wins a special place among many fine Mahler Symphony No. 9 recordings with its unflinching clarity and general spciousness...That may have something to do with the unflappable demeanour of the LA Phil; these top American players rarely get in a lather.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2013 ****

“Dudamel live in 2012 coaxes polished, full-throated playing in every department, brass strong and sure, strings positively luscious, woodwind responsive to every italicising demand...Many will appreciate Dudamel's boisterous engagement notwithstanding a tendency to pass over the longer line and with it Mahler's sense of foreboding” Gramophone Magazine, May 2013

“Dudamel's tempos are excellently judged as a basis and the orchestral playing at times approaches the superlative level...Time and again, throughout Dudamel's performance, one is impressed by the sheer musicianship and commitment of the playing” International Record Review, May 2013

“Dudamel lovingly shapes this vast landscape, bringing to it an affirming view. He keeps everything moving along nicely, at least until those moments of the finale when all energies ebb away and we are left with those halting, bare lines.” Sunday Times, 24th February 2013

“This new, live, Mahler 9 sounds impressive – microphones are closely placed and you really feel in the thick of things...Each precipitous climax is paced with mature skill, the tension cannily ratcheted up...It’s really, really good, and Mahler anoraks will fondly recall Giulini’s similarly broad 1970s recording.” The Arts Desk, 16th March 2013

“Although “the Dude” can be stilted in the first two movements, there are many compensations: gorgeous textures, powerfully rhetorical gestures and superb clarity. In the ethereal finale he doesn’t reach the heights of Abbado or Haitink, but if you want a young man’s view of mortality, this can’t be bettered.” The Times, 23rd February 2013 ****

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Hans Rosbaud 50th Anniversary Edition

Hans Rosbaud 50th Anniversary Edition

Saal 1, Funkhaus, Cologne, 22 October 1951


Mahler:

Symphony No. 5


Kölner Rundkunk-Sinfonie-Orchester, Hans Rosbaud

The composer Francis Poulenc said in 1954, ‘Music buffs believe that the greatest living conductor is Toscanini: musicians know that it is Hans Rosbaud.’ Similarly, Gramophone hailed Rosbaud as ‘one of the unsung heroes of mid-20th-century music’. Hans Rosbaud (1895–1962), a native of Graz, was a champion of contemporary works while strongly advocating Mahler’s music after the Second World War. From 1948 to 1962, Rosbaud was associated with the South West German Radio Orchestra, Baden-Baden, which he built into one of the finest orchestras in Germany.

He was linked to the Donaueschingen Festival, where he performed the post-War modernist school, and to the Aix-en Provence Festival. He also became a regular guest conductor from 1959 with the Chicago Symphony and made frequent appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic and Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.

Rosbaud regarded Mahler as the key figure in the birth of twentieth-century music.

This ‘live’ studio recording from 1951 is a new addition to the Rosbaud discography, released for the first time on ICA Classics. It has been regarded by a number of German musicologists as a truly legendary performance.

Rosbaud is captured here at the height of his powers with the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, one of his favourite orchestras.

The 50th anniversary of Rosbaud’s death was in December 2012 so this release is a belated tribute to this great conductor.

“I detect no lack of feeling or expressiveness in Rosbaud’s reading and he is not afraid to deploy a judicious amount of portamento. It’s good to hear a straightforward approach to this music...The sound is perfectly acceptable, especially given its vintage.” MusicWeb International, 26th April 2013

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The Berliner Philharmoniker in Singapore

The Berliner Philharmoniker in Singapore

Recorded live at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore, 22 & 23 November 2010.


Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Rachmaninov:

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45


The Berliner Philharmoniker, one of the worlds leading orchestras, and their Artistic Director Sir Simon Rattle, are highly acclaimed all over the world. Their 2010 tour concluded with their first visit to Singapore.

They present Mahler’s unique and breathtaking First Symphony – once dubbed “Titan” in homage to Romantic novelist Jean Paul – as well as Rachmaninov’s hugely evocative late Symphonic Dances.

In this concert, the Berliner Philharmoniker beautifully capture Mahler’s love of nature and Rachmaninov’s nostalgic memories of Russia.

Picture format DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sound format DVD: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1

Region code: 0

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 120mins

“The ironies of the middle movements are gently done, the finale's triumph not blaring but grandly affirmative in a way that, as Rattle remarks, Mahler would never recover.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2013

DVD Video

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Format: NTSC

EuroArts - 2058908

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Holten: Venus' Wheel

Holten: Venus' Wheel


Holten:

Römische Elegien

Psalm 23 'Dominus regit me'

Gekommen: Cantigas d'amigo

Handel with Care (Variations on Darwin)

Rota Veneris

Mahler:

Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (Rückert-Lieder)

arr. B. Holten for voice and choir


Joris Derder (baritone), Luc Tooten (cello), Johan Reuter (baritone), Sarah van Mol (soprano) & Hilde Venken (soprano)

Flemish Radio Choir, Bo Holten

Venus’ Wheel is a medieval symbolic framework for this collection of choral works by Bo Holten. Himself a renowned conductor, Holten leads the Flemish Radio Choir on a passionate journey through the many facets of love using the whole of musical history as a sounding board for his own contemporary idiom.

“As an unashamed neo-romantic, Holten responds magnificently to a wider range of love lyrics throughout the album...In terms of pure vocal pleasure, Holten's arrangements of one of Mahler's Rückert-Lieder takes the first prize...Well worth exploring.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2013

“The performances under the composer’s own direction must surely be definitive. Certainly there need be no reservations on account of the performance standards since the Flemish Radio Choir here shows itself to be a highly accomplished and flexible ensemble. The recorded sound is very good, showing the performances in the best possible light” MusicWeb International, 2nd May 2013

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