Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'


Christiane Oelze (soprano) & Michaela Schuster (mezzo)

Kartäuserkantorei Köln, Bach-Verein Köln & Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Markus Stenz

Continuing his critically acclaimed survey of Mahler’s works, Markus Stenz brings together no fewer than five renowned choral ensembles from Bonn and Cologne for this recording.

“Markus Stenz's is the kind of lightening-flash, clearly etched interpretation I imagine Roger Norrington wanted over in Stuttgart...There's not much vibrato here, but plenty of portamento...as Mahler asks. Moreover, there's a lucid balance between strings, wind and brass...Both soloists, Michaela Schuster and Christiane Oelze, ooze meaning, as does the choir...there are details here that I will return to constantly for illustration and enlightenment.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2011 ****

“All the enormity and intimacy of Mahler's Second Symphony is here to be savoured. Oelze and Schuster's voices pair beautifully, supported by superb performances all round.” Classic FM Magazine, October 2011 ****

“Right from the rousing cello line in the first few measures, the Cologne forces are captured in crystalline clarity, the recording quality rendering not only the sounds onstage but also the acoustic feel of the Cologne Philharmonie.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2011

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Oehms Markus Stenz Mahler Cycle - OC647

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Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden gesellen & Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden gesellen & Das Lied von der Erde


Mahler:

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

arr. Schoenberg

David Stout (baritone)

Das Lied von der Erde

arr. Schoenberg/Riehn

Emma Curtis (contralto), Brennen Guillory (tenor)


Orchestra of the Swan, Kenneth Woods

SOMM’s second new Mahler release in his anniversary year features a trio of superb singers with the excellent Orchestra of the Swan in live recordings. Kenneth Woods was appointed as Principal Guest Conductor of this orchestra in 2010 and is widely known for his affinity with the music of Mahler.

“This is an absolutely astonishing recording in many respects...Emma Curtis's tone is remarkably pure throughout her very wide range...she sings [Der Abschied] magnificently, so musically and profoundly intelligently...she has an equal accompanist in Brennan Guillory, whose account of his more dramatic songs is infused with great discipline and dignity...David Stout is an admirable interpreter of the youthful songs, beautifully sung and well characterized” International Record Review, July/August 2011 'Outstanding'

Somm Céleste - SOMM0109

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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde


This performance was recorded in Rome on 7th March 1959.

Archipel Records - ARPCD0527

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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde


Recorded live at the Philharmonie, Berlin, February 1984

“Fassbaender's sound may not be the most beautiful mezzo, but the way she invests every phrase with point and purpose is remarkable, while Araiza's lyrical, almost bel canto sound is worlds away from the heavier, Heldentenor approach usually thought essential in this work, but somehow he holds his own against the orchestral tumult.” The Guardian, 21st July 2011 ****

Testament - SBT1465

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Mahlerlieder

Mahlerlieder


1 Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht

2 Nicht wiedersehen!

3 Das irdische Leben

4 Ich atmet’ einen linden Duft

5 Die zwei blauen Augen

6 Wunderhorntanz

7 Phantasie / Zu Straßburg auf der Schanz

8 Wenn dein Mütterlein

9 Ich ging mit Lust ... ein Ausflug zu dem bedauernswerten

Herrn Moszkowski

10 Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen

11 Urlicht

12 Um Mitternacht

13 Revelge (For a Drummerboy)

14 Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen


Musicbanda Franui

The Mahlerlieder album concludes Musicbanda Franui’s inspiring trilogy about the art of the Lied in the 19th century.

Col Legno - WWE1CD20303

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$19.50

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Pierre Boulez conducts Mahler

Pierre Boulez conducts Mahler


Mahler:

Des Knaben Wunderhorn (12 songs, 1901 version)

Magdalena Kožená & Christian Gerhaher

Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major - Adagio


In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Mahler’s birth and just one month short of his own 85th birthday, composer-conductor Pierre Boulez marked his forty-five-year collaboration with the Cleveland Orchestra by directing this very special Mahler-only concert at Ohio’s splendid Severance Hall.

Following the Adagio from the unfinished Tenth Symphony, he presented Twelve Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn with soloists Magdalena Kožená and Christian Gerhaher, both much-sought-after opera and concert singers on the world’s leading stages.

BONUS: Interview with Pierre Boulez

Picture Format DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sound Formats DVD: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, PCM Stereo

Region Code: 0 (worldwide)

Running Time: 88:06

Disc Format: DVD 9

FSK: 0

“Magdalena Kozena is an engaging performer; a sensitive one too, who tellingly alters her expressive demeanour...while Christian Gerhaher is rather more formal in his approach, they're a nicely matched pair and Pierre Boulez cues a discreet accompaniment.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2011

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Accentus Music - ACC20231

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Pierre Boulez conducts Mahler

Pierre Boulez conducts Mahler


Mahler:

Des Knaben Wunderhorn (12 songs, 1901 version)

Magdalena Kožená & Christian Gerhaher

Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major - Adagio


In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Mahler’s birth and just one month short of his own 85th birthday, composer-conductor Pierre Boulez marked his forty-five-year collaboration with the Cleveland Orchestra by directing this very special Mahler-only concert at Ohio’s splendid Severance Hall.

Following the Adagio from the unfinished Tenth Symphony, he presented Twelve Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn with soloists Magdalena Kožená and Christian Gerhaher, both much-sought-after opera and concert singers on the world’s leading stages.

BONUS: Interview with Pierre Boulez

Picture Format Blu-ray: FULL HD

Sound Formats Blu-ray: DTS HD Master Audio

PCM Stereo

Region Code: 0 (worldwide)

Running Time: 88:06

Disc Format: BD 25

FSK: 0

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Region: all

Accentus Music - ACC10231

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$41.75

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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 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 ***

“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 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

Accentus Music - ACC30230

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$37.50

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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 ****

DVD Video

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Format: NTSC

EuroArts - 2058838

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$34.75

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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 *****

Disque Dom - FOR16744

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$12.75

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