Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Mahler: Symphony No. 5


William Caballero (horn) & George Vosburgh (trumpet)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck

This new 2 channel hybrid SACD of the 5th Symphony is the fourth release in a cycle of recordings of Mahler’s symphonies from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and its highly regarded conductor Manfred Honeck. The previous three have featured Symphonies No. 1(EXCL00026), No. 4 (EXCL00048), and No. 3 (EXCL000450). The last and most recent of these was picked as a Gramophone “Editor's Choice” in November 2011.

Considered to be one of the best modern day interpreters of Gustav Mahler’s music, the Austrian musical director Manfred Honeck began his career as conductor of Vienna's Jeunesse Orchestra, which he co-founded. He went on to become assistant to Claudio Abbado with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in Vienna. After several highly successful guest appearances as conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra he was appointed its Director of Music in 2008. Honeck conducted the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in a thrilling, acclaimed performance of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony at last year’s BBC Proms.

The Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor was composed in 1901 and 1902, mostly during the summer months at Mahler's cottage at Maiernigg. Among its most distinctive features are the funereal trumpet solo that opens the work and the frequently performed Adagietto, which was famously used in the film ‘Death in Venice’.

“Honeck's account is big, bigger and biggest on pretty much every count. You have to possess a temperament compatible with Mahler's own to take the opening 'Trauermarsch' quite so broadly...And Honeck has fantastic instinct for Mahler's nodal points - those key moments where all the energy is concentrated...Pittsburgh's first horn is as spectacular as any on disc” Gramophone Magazine, September 2012

“[Honeck] generally favours a warm, Romantic, traditional sound and while he has a keen ear for balancing sonorities he is unafraid to give the brass their head...I find it to be very fine but without anything especially striking to say...Yet all is beautifully played in first-rate sound” MusicWeb International, July 2012

“As in their previous recordings of Mahler, Manfred Honeck continues to seek fresh insights through a scrupulous re-examination of Mahler's detailed markings and the superb Pittsberg brass continue to exalt in the wide-open spaciousness of their Heinz-Hall home-base.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2012 ***

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Mahler: Symphony No. 7

Mahler: Symphony No. 7


Jonathan Nott and the Bamberger Symphoniker have written a special chapter in recording history with this series. Currently nominated in the 2012 BBC Music Magazine Awards, their recording of Mahler Symphony No.3 (TUDOR7170) was a BBC Music Magazine Orchestral Choice; “a recorded spaciousness which lets every ensemble and solo spiritually resound.”

“Nott's reading has many of the virtues that distinguished the finest of his earlier discs – formal clarity and directness; lean, crisp textures; and a total lack of indulgence. He is at his most impressive in his clear-sighted handling of the long span of the first movement” The Guardian, 14th March 2012 ****

“Nott adopts a gradual but far from cautious approach to a first movement that inches forward from its initial pensiveness...no one who hears this account is likely to be disappointed, not least when the Bamberg Symphony's playing reaffirms its current standing among European orchestras” International Record Review, May 2012

“We've come to expect certain qualities from this Bamberg/Nott Mahler cycle - not least real stylistic awareness and exceptional attention to detail - and this beautifully prepared and acutely well-heard Seventh is no exception. Perhaps Nott's most notable achievement here lies in uncovering beauty and fascination and a certain sensuousness beneath the often strange and misshapen...One to hear - and superbly engineered, too.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2012

“Nott's is the latest in a hard-to-choose-from field. Every Bamberg soloist, from the artistic tenor horn solo right at the start, is given room to breathe...This performance may not be quite as incandescent as the same team's recent Third Symphony, but it's still well up to the overall standards of Bamberg's Mahlerian success story.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2012 ****

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - June 2012

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Tudor Jonathan Nott Complete Mahler Symphonies - TUDOR7176

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Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'


Seoul Philharmonic, Myung-Whun Chung

Following their debut disc on the Yellow Label (Debussy & Ravel - 4764498), the Seoul Philharmonic return with their music director Myung-Whun Chung with a new recording of Gustav Mahler’s first symphony.

DG - 4764581

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Schuricht conducts Mahler and Strauss

Schuricht conducts Mahler and Strauss


Mahler:

Symphony No. 3

Strauss, R:

Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64


Ruth Siewert (alto)

Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra , Stuttgart Radio Choir, members, Carl Schuricht

Recorded in 1955 and 1960

Archiphon - ARC-2.6-7

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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde


Kerstin Thorborg (mezzo-soprano), Carl Martin Oehman (tenor), Anonymous (narrator)

Concertgebouw Orchestra, Carl Schuricht

Recorded in 1939

Archiphon - ARC-3.1

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Illumina: Music of Light

Illumina: Music of Light


Bruckner:

Locus iste, WAB 23

Duruflé:

Ubi caritas, Op. 10 No. 1

Franck, C:

Panis Angelicus

Gounod:

Ave Maria

Lauridsen:

Ave, dulcissima Maria

O magnum mysterium

MacMillan:

Christus Vincit

Mahler:

Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor - Adagietto

Ave Maria

Mozart:

Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K339: Laudate Dominum

Palestrina:

Agnus Dei (Missa brevis)

Pergolesi:

Stabat Mater

Pheloung:

Benedictus (based on Theme from Inspector Morse)

Rachmaninov:

Vespers, Op. 37: Nyne otpushchayeshi

Rheinberger:

Abendlied, Op. 69 No. 3

Rutter:

The Lord bless you and keep you

trad.:

Rorate Caeli

Whitacre:

Lux aurumque


Dominus Illuminatio Mea - The motto of the University of Oxford provides the inspiration for this album of a cappella choral classics performed by one of the greatest choirs in a city of great choirs. Includes a brand new arrangement of the famous Inspector Morse theme tune by Barrington Pheloung in this 25th Anniversary year of Oxford’s most famous fictional detective.

“[the repertoire] shows off the warm, immediate New College, Oxford sound in which individuals are encouraged to sing out rather than, as some collegiate choirs prefer, blend in. Some tonal unevenness aside, the results are vivid and committed. One for choral lovers, not purists.” The Observer, 1st April 2012

Decca - 2758053

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Strauss - Wagner - Mahler

Strauss - Wagner - Mahler


Mahler:

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Strauss, R:

Hymne Op. 34 No. 2

Der Abend Op. 34 No. 1

Männerchöre (3), AV123

Wagner:

Three songs to 'Tristan and Isolde'

Arr. Clytus Gottwald


On this new CD the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks under the direction of Peter Dijkstra presents itself a cappella in works by Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler and Richard Wagner.

Magnificent tone paintings like “Isoldes Liebestod” (“Isolde’s Love-Death”) and the “Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen” (“Songs of a Wayfarer”) radiate a new unprecedented glory in transcriptions for 16-part chorus by Clytus Gottwald. Thanks to its special tonal homogeneity and stylistic versatility, this ensemble enjoys the highest regard throughout the world. Dutch conductor Peter Dijkstra – the artistic director of the ensemble since 2005 – is the shooting star on the choral scene and has presented the ensemble together with both BR orchestras in a number of versatile programs.

- Purely Chorus! The BR-Chor presents itself a cappella

- Warm, crystal-clear choral sound

- “Classics” from the late romantic era in unusual transcriptions

- Recent recordings from 2009 and 2011

“Formidably assured singing.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2012 ****

BR Klassik - 900503

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Paul Paray Live in Detroit

Paul Paray Live in Detroit


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19

recorded on 13th December 1960

Glenn Gould (piano)

Mahler:

Symphony No. 5

recorded on 12th November 1959

Mendelssohn:

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

recorded on 12th November 1959

Arnold Steinhardt (violin)


“Paray’s orchestral introduction [the Mendelssohn] is full of big-boned elegance. His uncluttered approach to internal balancing generally ensured that the music he most favoured was stripped of accretions and any fat...Paray brings to [the Mahler] a strong incisive rhythm combined with a sense of clarity and proportion familiar from his studio inscriptions.” MusicWeb International, 9th April 2014

Tahra - TAH721/722

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Mahler: Symphony No. 9

Mahler: Symphony No. 9


“Barbirolli brings out the grotesque brilliance of the second movement beautifully, is entirely at home in the clattering uproar of the Rondo-Burleske, and digs deep into the emotion of the music in the final heart-rending Adagio. All in all, this is an extremely fine issue of the Mahler Ninth.” Gramophone Magazine

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Mahler: Symphony No. 9

Mahler: Symphony No. 9


Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe, Justin Brown

The Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe, one of the oldest orchestras not only in Germany but also in the entire world, can look back on a rich tradition. The ensemble was established in 1662 as the court orchestra in the margrave residence at Durlach in Baden and developed from these beginnings to become an ensemble with a substantial national and international reputation. Renowned court musical directors of the orchestra such as Franz Danzi, Hermann Levi and Felix Mottl conducted numerous premieres and first performances including works by Hector Berlioz, Johannes Brahms and Béla Bartók. Brahms, Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss personally conducted the ensemble on several occasions.

Hermann Levi inaugurated regular subscription concerts in the 1860s, when the ensemble was still known as the court orchestra, and this tradition is still continued today by the Badische Staatskapelle in their symphony concert series.

British conductor Justin Brown enjoys an international reputation in both the symphonic and operatic fields. He is the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, as well as the General Music Director of the Badisches Staatstheater, Karlsruhe. In Karlsruhe he has been particularly celebrated for his conducting of 'Der Ring des Nibelungen', as well as the late operas of Verdi and Strauss.

Justin Brown has worked with many of the world’s top orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Dresden Philharmonic. Since beginning his opera career at the English National Opera and Scottish Opera, Justin Brown has conducted at Covent Garden, La Monnaie, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Oper Frankfurt, Opéra de Nantes, Opéra de Strasbourg, Teatro San Carlo/Lisbon, the Norwegian Opera and Bavarian State Opera in Munich.

“Justin Brown has talked of learning this symphony as a child from Horenstein's 1953 recording, and there's a loving expansive, Romantically saturated and somewhat blurry rhetoric common to them both.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2012

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