Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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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”.

“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

“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 ****

“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

“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

“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 ****

DG - 4790924

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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

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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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Valossa: From Darkness to Light

Valossa: From Darkness to Light


Heiniö:

Folk Songs (3) for Double Mixed Choir, Op. 28

Jersild:

Min Yndlingsda

Komulainen:

Vinternatten (One Winter’s Night)

Kuula:

Venelaulu (The Boat Song Barcarolle), Op. 21 No. 2

Madetoja:

Onnelliset (Happiness), Op. 13 No. 2

Mahler:

Die zwei blauen Augen von meinem Schatz (No. 4 from Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen)

arr. Gottwald

Monteverdi:

O Primavera

Palmgren:

Juhannus (Midsummer)

Poulenc:

Un soir de neige

Rautavaara:

Och glädjen den dansar

Schoenberg:

Schein uns, du liebe Sonne


Kaamos Chamber Choir, Dani Juris

The Finnish Kaamos Chamber Choir has recorded on this new disc, Valossa - From darkness to light, a cappella repertoire from its varied performance programme. The items range from folk song arrangements, to classical, and from Renaissance, to present day. The emotions and stories portrayed in the songs trace a thematic transition from dark winter days to light summer nights. The present disc is the culmination of a journey lasting nearly five years. The choir is conducted by talented Dani Juris.

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Alba - NCD47

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'


“The 76-minute timing tells you that Kubelik's is a swift, practical vision of Resurrection. Sound engineering may have moved on, but this still makes a keen introduction to Mahler” BBC Music Magazine, July 2013 ****

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Essential Choral

Essential Choral


Excerpts from works by Allegri, JS Bach, Brahms, Fauré, Handel, Haydn, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Orff, Tavener, Vivaldi, Verdi and more


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Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Mahler: Symphony No. 4


Melodiya presents another rare recording of David Oistrakh as a conductor. The outstanding violinist realized his old dream of conducting for the first time in 1962. Oistrakh’s in-depth comprehension of the music text and indisputable authority among fellow musicians scored him firm successes in this area of performing activities. He conducted some of the well-known orchestras of Moscow, Leningrad and European cities to enthusiastic reviews of the public and music critics.

Melodiya - MELCD1002062

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Of Love, Death and Beyond: Exploring Mahler's 'Resurrection' Symphony

Of Love, Death and Beyond: Exploring Mahler's 'Resurrection' Symphony


Mahler:

Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'


Thomas Hampson (narrator); Twyla Robinson (soprano), Susanne Mentzer (mezzo)

Neeme Järvi

A full-length documentary journey into the music and personal drama that resulted in Gustave Mahler’s prophetic and exhilarating Second Symphony. When composing the work, Mahler addressed the core questions of the meaning of life and of death. As the film shows, Mahler developed his own rich responses to these questions that do not correspond to established dogmas. Shot on location in Austria, Germany, Italy, and the United States, Of Love, Death and Beyond includes historical reenactments and interviews with many of the world’s most respected Mahler scholars, as well as noted philosophers and theologians. Weaving through the documentary is a critically acclaimed performance of the Symphony produced especially for the film, featuring Neeme Järvi conducting an all-star Orchestra composed of musicians from the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, and Detroit Symphony. The large forces also include the renowned New York Choral Artists, and soloists Twyla Robinson and Susanne Mentzer. Narrated by Thomas Hampson. Subtitles in English, French, German, and Italian.

Bonus performances:

• Thomas Hampson sings “Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt” (from Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

• Neuer Knabenchor, Hamburg perform “Die Auferstehung” (Klopstock)

*Special deluxe two-disc set includes the complete performance of the Symphony.

Color, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound / Dolby 2.0 Stereo, 16.9 Widescreen, 88 minutes (Documentary) / 91 minutes (Symphony), All regions

“One disc offers a sumptuously presented, passionate analysis of Mahler's Resurrection Symphony. The other contains a full performance from 2006 - clean and burnished.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2013 ***

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VAI - DVDVAI4560

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Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Mahler: Symphony No. 5


RCA Zinman Mahler Symphonies - 88697359372

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