Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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Wolfgang Holzmair: Das Mahler Album

Wolfgang Holzmair: Das Mahler Album


Mahler:

Drei frühe Lieder for tenor & piano

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Kindertotenlieder

Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)

Zwei Skizzen


Wolfgang Holzmair (baritone) & Russell Ryan (piano)

Nightingale Classics is proud to present the new lieder album of the Austrian baritone Wolfgang Holzmair.

For years a successful performer in major venues and international festivals around the world, Holzmair looks back on an impressive number of solo recitals. However, lieder by Gustav Mahler have not been included in his otherwise comprehensive discography.

In addition to the well-known cycles Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer), Kindertotenlieder (Songs on the Death of Children) and Rückertlieder, the programme begins with a selection of early songs on texts by Leander, de Molina and Mahler himself.

The two songs at the end of this recital are unfinished compositions based on poems by Heinrich Heine. These two lieder fragments are presented in this collection as world premiere recordings.

Nightingale - NC00010011

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Mahler: Kindertotenlieder, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen & Rückert-Lieder

Mahler: Kindertotenlieder, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen & Rückert-Lieder


Mahler:

Kindertotenlieder

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)


Swedish Mezzo-soprano and former winner of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, Katarina Karnéus is joined on this disc by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki to perform three of Gustav Mahler’s orchestral songs.

As a composer, Gustav Mahler was absorbed by song and symphony as complementary genres deeply involved with each other. In his first symphony, Mahler included two themes from the song cycle Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, originally scored for voice and piano, which he had recently composed to his own poems. It was perhaps the experience of orchestrating these themes in his symphony that a few years later inspired Mahler to create the version for voice and orchestra.

All of the songs in Kindertotenlieder and Rückert-Lieder are settings of poems by the poet Friedrich Rückert, composed between 1901 and 1904. For Kindertotenlieder (Songs of the death of children) Mahler chose five of more than four hundred poems written by Rückert in reaction to the death of his two children: poems of despair, disbelief and resignation.

While Kindertotenlieder was conceived as a cycle, the Rückert-Lieder are more loosely connected with each other and they include some of the most sublime Mahlerian moments, for instance in Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen.

“Karnéus is delightfully taut of rhythm in 'Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder', which she places first. And the orchestral accompaniment here is painstaking.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2011 ***

“The split threads of Mahler's orchestral nerve-ends are teased so thoroughly and with such interest by the orchestra and the BIS engineers that more than several listenings are required to assimilate them. Susanna Mälkki favours an Expressionist level of detail that casts louring shadows over even the blue flowers and green fields of the Wayfarer's first song...Karnéus is a secure and heartfelt interpreter.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2011

“Karnéus is at her best in one or two obvious places, and one or two less obvious ones...['Ich bin der Welt'] seldom fails in performance, and here her warm mezzo spins an ethereal thread of golden tone that perfectly matches the sentiments...['Um Mitternacht'] is heart-rending, and the great cry of the final stanza is magnificent...the playing of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra throughout is as other-worldly as Mahler might have dreamed.” International Record Review, September 2011

“she sings them as beautifully as any contemporary female interpreter, with her smoky vocal colouring, her careful enunciation of the texts and her feeling for the heart-rending pathos of the music...there is a unity of purpose in these readings that makes them a must-hear for dedicated Mahlerians.” Sunday Times, 31st July 2011 ****

“The recorded sound is wonderful, and Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki coaxes a sound of golden warmth from her Swedish orchestra. Swedish mezzo-soprano Katarina Karnéus makes a sound as rich and glossy as a thoroughbred’s coat.” The Telegraph, 14th July 2011 ***

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

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


The San Francisco Symphony with Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas begin offering reissues of their award-winning and critically acclaimed Mahler cycle with Symphony No. 1, in Hybrid SACD format and packaged in SACD jewel cases.

Mahler's Symphony No. 1 was one of the most stunning debuts in symphonic music history. This powerful and passionate performance of Mahler's "Titan" was recorded during the SFS concerts of 19 - 23 September 2001, and captures the live-performance excitement of the Grammy-winning conductor-symphony partnership that the Los Angeles Times declared "the most exciting Mahler combination anywhere right now."

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Avie Michael Tilson Thomas Mahler cycle - SFS0043

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Mahler: Symphony No. 3

Mahler: Symphony No. 3


Mahler:

Symphony No. 3 in D minor

with Women of the SFS Chorus, the Pacific Boychoir and the San Francisco Girls Chorus

Kindertotenlieder


The San Francisco Symphony with Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas continue the reissues of their award-winning and critically acclaimed Mahler cycle, with Symphony No. 3, in Hybrid SACD format and packaged in SACD jewel cases.

The Mahler Third features mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, Women of the SFS Chorus, the Pacific Boychoir and the San Francisco Girls Chorus. Also included in this two-disc set is a recording of Mahler's heartbreaking Kindertotenlieder, with Michelle DeYoung.

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Avie Michael Tilson Thomas Mahler cycle - SFS0045

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Mahler: Origins and Legacy

Mahler: Origins and Legacy


Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Disc 1:

1. Documentary Episode One – “Gustav Mahler: Origins”

2. Concert Programme One – Mahler Symphony No. 1

Disc 2:

1. Documentary Episode Two – “Gustav Mahler: Legacy”

2. Concert Programme Two – A Mahler Journey


The latest instalment in MTT’s and SFS’s engaging Keeping Score series explores the life and works of Gustav Mahler, in two documentaries and two live performances.

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony present the latest instalment in their acclaimed Keeping Score series, exploring the life and music of Gustav Mahler. In the year marking both the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death and the founding of the San Francisco Symphony, ‘Mahler: Origins and Legacy’, focuses on the enigmatic composer with two one-hour documentaries and two live performances. “Gustav Mahler was a visionary musician,” says MTT. “In his compositions he made reference to many styles, building his huge symphonies from materials abstracted from songs, dances and marches from many cultures. His symphonies, or worlds, as he called them, represent the many ways that people make music and why they make music. In Keeping Score: Mahler, we walk in his footsteps, visit the places and sounds that influenced his life.”

Keeping Score: Mahler is designed to engage, educate and entertain viewers of all musical backgrounds, from classical music enthusiasts to those hearing Mahler’s music for the first time. With MTT and SFS firmly established among the leading interpreters of Mahler’s music, these programmes are a fitting culmination to their decade-long Mahler recording project. To coincide with its release, MTT and SFS will embark on a three-week European tour performing Mahler’s works including Prague and Vienna where there will be special screenings of Keeping Score: Mahler.

“As in previous issues, the wealth of solidly researched detail is musically provocative and visually stimulating...Tilson Thomas presents Mahler as embracing both [Jewish and Christian roots] as part of a universal musical and moral outlook...overall, Tilson Thomas and his associates bring Mahler's music to life in a way that makes even the novice appreciate its astounding unity within diversity.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2011 *****

BBC Music Magazine

DVD Choice - May 2011

DVD Video

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Avie Keeping Score Michael Tilson Thomas Mahler cycle - SFS0041

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Mahler: Origins and Legacy

Mahler: Origins and Legacy


Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Disc 1:

1. Documentary Episode One – “Gustav Mahler: Origins”

2. Concert Programme One – Mahler Symphony No. 1

Disc 2:

1. Documentary Episode Two – “Gustav Mahler: Legacy”

2. Concert Programme Two – A Mahler Journey


The latest instalment in MTT’s and SFS’s engaging Keeping Score series explores the life and works of Gustav Mahler, in two documentaries and two live performances.

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony present the latest instalment in their acclaimed Keeping Score series, exploring the life and music of Gustav Mahler. In the year marking both the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death and the founding of the San Francisco Symphony, ‘Mahler: Origins and Legacy’, focuses on the enigmatic composer with two one-hour documentaries and two live performances. “Gustav Mahler was a visionary musician,” says MTT. “In his compositions he made reference to many styles, building his huge symphonies from materials abstracted from songs, dances and marches from many cultures. His symphonies, or worlds, as he called them, represent the many ways that people make music and why they make music. In Keeping Score: Mahler, we walk in his footsteps, visit the places and sounds that influenced his life.”

Keeping Score: Mahler is designed to engage, educate and entertain viewers of all musical backgrounds, from classical music enthusiasts to those hearing Mahler’s music for the first time. With MTT and SFS firmly established among the leading interpreters of Mahler’s music, these programmes are a fitting culmination to their decade-long Mahler recording project. To coincide with its release, MTT and SFS will embark on a three-week European tour performing Mahler’s works including Prague and Vienna where there will be special screenings of Keeping Score: Mahler.

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Avie Keeping Score Michael Tilson Thomas Mahler cycle - SFS0042

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The Mahler Cycle box set

The Mahler Cycle box set

The Complete Symphonies & Songs With Orchestra


Mahler:

Symphonies 1-9 (complete)

Erin Wall, Elza van den Heever, Laura Claycomb (sopranos), Katarina Karnéus, Yvonne Naef, Susan Graham (mezzos), Anthony Dean Griffey (tenor), Quinn Kelsey & Thomas Hampson (baritone), James Morris (bass-baritone)

Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major - Adagio

Lied des Verfolgten im Turm (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)

for voice and piano (first appearance on CD)

Susan Graham (mezzo-soprano) & Michael Tilson Thomas (piano)

Das klagende Lied

Marina Shaguch (soprano), Michelle DeYoung (mezzo-soprano), Thomas Moser (tenor) and Sergei Leiferkus (baritone)

Das Lied von der Erde

Recorded live in concert in Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, 28 September – 2 October 2007

Thomas Hampson (baritone) & Stuart Skelton (tenor)

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Thomas Hampson (baritone)

Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)

Susan Graham (mezzo-soprano)

Der Tambourg'sell (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Revelge (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Urlicht (orig. in Des Knaben Wunderhorn)


San Francisco Symphony & San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Pacific Boychoir, San Francisco Girls Choir, Michael Tilson Thomas

The legendary Michael Tilson Thomas-San Francisco Symphony Mahler cycle is presented together for the first time in a 17-Hybrid SACD box set, with a neverbefore-released bonus of mezzo-soprano Susan Graham singing Rückert Lieder accompanied by MTT at the piano.

The foremost Mahler cycle of our time, by Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, is brought together for the first time in a single package: a magnificent collection of 17 Hybrid SACDs enclosed in elegant gatefold digi-packs and housed in a stylish and compact box set. In addition to all of Mahler’s Symphonies and the Songs with Orchestra, the set includes the first ever release of mezzo-soprano Susan Graham singing Rückert Lieder accompanied by Michael Tilson Thomas at the piano. The release coincides with the 100th anniversary of Mahler’s death on 18 May, as well as the Symphony’s European tour to such cultural capitals as Barcelona, Brussels, Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris, Prague and Vienna.

The MTT-SFS Mahler series has sold over 130,000 units worldwide, earned international critical acclaim, and received seven Grammy’s and a Gramophone Award. This new presentation is an efficient and affordable way to acquire Mahler’s entire orchestral output by the composer’s most notable modern-day interpreters.

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Avie Michael Tilson Thomas Mahler cycle - SFS0039

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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'

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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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