Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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Mahler: Symphony No. 7

Mahler: Symphony No. 7

Recorded live at the Mann Auditorium Tel Aviv February 2007


In the summer of 1905, Mahler suffered a creative block. He was at his wits' end. He resigned himself to return to Krupendorf, the shore opposite his summer retreat, empty handed. "At the first stroke of the oars the rhythm and the character of the introduction came into my head", he later wrote to his wife. Armed with this inspiration, he composed like a man possessed – the 1st, 3rd and 5th movements were completed in a month.

“this newcomer from Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra sets out an uncommonly rational and compelling case for this unjustly maligned work...Mehta's account is urgently propulsive and, for the greater part, very cogently argued...it is in the crazy clamour of the Rondo finale that Mehta's multi-facted reading finally coalesces, powering towards the triumphant final peroration and drawing playing of ecstatic brilliance from his orchestra.” International Record Review, February 2012

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Boulez conducts Mahler

Boulez conducts Mahler


Mahler:

Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Recorded live at the Philharmonie, Berlin, 26-27 March 2005


Diana Damrau (soprano), Petra Lang (mezzo)

Staatskapelle Berlin & Staatsopernchor, Pierre Boulez

Born in 1925 in Montbrison, France, Pierre Boulez is one of the most distinguished composers and conductors in the world today.

With his uncompromising approach to the score, Pierre Boulez’s Mahler readings have long fascinated critics and audiences alike. Boulez eschews the romanticized readings common in performance tradition and instead reveals the real joy and terror in Mahler’s large-scale symphonies.

Vocalists Diana Damrau and Petra Lang join forces with the Staaatskapelle Berlin and the Staatsopernchor as the perfect ensemble to bring Boulez’s vision of this gargantuan piece to life.

Boulez’s interpretation is truly infused with light. This performance really does give a new perspective on a much-loved symphony.

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Sound format: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio

Region code: All

Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 89 mins

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The Mahler Album

The Mahler Album


Beethoven:

String Quartet No. 11 in F minor Op. 95 'Serioso'

arr. for string orchestra, G. Mahler

Mahler:

Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor - Adagietto

Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major - Adagio

arr. for string orchestra, H. Stadlmair


“A quartet for string orchestra! That sounds strange to you. I already know all the objections that will be raised: ruination of intimacy, of individuality. But that is an error. What I intend is only an ideal representation of the quartet. Chamber music is primarily written for the living room. It is really enjoyed only by the performers. The four ladies and gentlemen who sit at their music stands are also the audience towards which this music turns. If chamber music is transferred to the concert hall, this intimacy is already lost. But even more is lost. In a large space the four voices are lost and do not speak to the listener with the power that the composer wanted to give them. I give them this power by strengthening the voices. I unravel the expansion that is dormant in the voices and give the sounds wings.” Thus Mahler in an open letter in the Viennese newspaper Die Wage in January 1899. (from: liner notes by Willem de Bordes)

“Nice performances, stunning recording.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ****

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Mahler: Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major

Mahler: Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major

Realization by Deryck Cooke


This live recording is Mark Wigglesworth’s second reading of this formidable work. His first recording was a cover mount in 1993 for BBC Music Magazine and gathered quite a cult status among Mahlerians. This new release reveals Wigglesworth as a Mahler conductor to be reckoned with. “Wigglesworth’s performance managed to embrace the whole array of moods and colours in this extraordinary score…” Guardian review of concert performance (LSO).

“Mark Wigglesworth has performed the Tenth regularly since a BBC Symphony Orchestra concert in 1991 brought him wide attention...This live Melbourne performance...[is] consistent with a vision of the piece that was clear and distinctive over two decades ago...if there is a Wigglesworth sound, the Melbourne orchestra are well schooled in it.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2011

“Tempos in the first, third and fifth movements are slightly more deliberate than you might expect...The first scherzo takes off at a cracking pace here, a notch too fast for its executants to manage...A firm, purposeful reading then, of more than local interest” International Record Review, January 2012

“The Australian orchestra play with an aching beauty of line and an implacable weight that’s deeply affecting...Good - very good – in parts, but not the penetrating performance I’d hoped for.” MusicWeb International, December 2012

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Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn

Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn


Mahler:

Des Knaben Wunderhorn (12 songs, 1901 version)

Urlicht (orig. in Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Das himmlische Leben


This is a special release commemorating the 100th anniversary of Mahler’s death and Michael Gielen has returned to make his first ever recording of the complete Des Knaben Wunderhorn. These vital new performances show that Gielen, despite now being in his eighties, is not slowing down. He is one of our generation’s greatest Mahlerians.

“As so often, the veteran 'modernist' proves himself a highly perceptive Mahlerian...[Muller-Brachmann's] penetrating, never heavy bass-baritone is pleasing and he is blessed with fine diction too, projecting the humour of 'Lob des hohen Verstandes' to excellent effect...admirers of Gielen's Mahler should not hesitate to acquire what is his belated first recording of these songs.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2012

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Edition Otto Klemperer: The Berlin Recordings 1950-58

Edition Otto Klemperer: The Berlin Recordings 1950-58


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

Hans-Erich Riebensahm (piano)

Hindemith:

Nobilissima Visione

Mahler:

Symphony No. 4

Mozart:

Serenade No. 6 in D major, K239 'Serenata Notturna'

Don Giovanni, K527: Overture

Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K183

Symphony No. 29 in A major, K201

Symphony No. 38 in D major, K504 'Prague'


RIAS Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Otto Klemperer

These live and studio recordings with the RIAS Symphony Orchestra Berlin (later known as the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin), made between 1950 and 1958, are important documents of the rebuilding of German culture after the war. These recordings illuminate Klemperer’s late performing style, his repertoire and his interpretational ideals. He explored the repertoire of the 18th to the 20th centuries by creating three-dimensional sound, concise rhythms, clearly contoured forms and precise characterisations. He interpreted the works of Mozart and Beethoven; through Mahler and Hindemith he forged a connection to the music which had been banned by the Nazis. With this new 5-CD boxed set, Audite documents the artistic cooperation between Klemperer and the RSO Berlin, for the first time, using original tapes from the RIAS (today’s Deutschlandradio Kultur) sound archives, thus also ensuring the best possible technical quality.

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Horizon 4

Horizon 4


Berio:

SOLO for trombone & orchestra

Jörgen van Rijen (trombone)

Ed Spanjaard

Glanert:

Fluss ohne Ufer

Markus Stenz

Hindson:

Little Chrissietina's Magic Fantasy

Marijn Mijnders & Monica Naselow (violin)

Jeths:

Scale 'le tombeau de Mahler'

Ed Spanjaard

Keulen:

Fünf tragische Lieder

Detlef Roth (baritone)

Lothar Zagrosek

Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan' - Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell

arranged Colin Matthews

Lothar Zagrosek

Roukens:

Out of control

David Robertson

Shchedrin:

Oboe Concerto

Alexei Ogrintchouk (oboe)

Susanna Mälkki


This fourth release in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s ‘Horizon’ Series brings together two forms of homage. CD 1 represents a tribute to Gustav Mahler, the orchestra having devoted itself to a large-scale project commemorating the composer’s 150th birthday and the 100th anniversary of his death during its 2009- 2011 seasons. In addition to a chronological series of performances of all the great symphonies – effectively constituting the third Mahler Festival held in Amsterdam following those of 1925 and 1995, the orchestra programmed a series of concerts featuring works exhibiting a strong connection to Mahler’s compositions. Four world premieres of works composed for this series have been brought together on CD 1, the fifth being the opening title on CD 2.

The three other recordings on CD 2 feature members of the orchestra playing high-profile roles as solo or ensemble players, thereby symbolising a hommage to the virtuosity and the musical intelligence and flexibility of the 120 individual musicians making up the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Oboist Alexei Ogrintchouk and trombonist Jörgen van Rijen are heard here in the world premieres of two works written for their instruments by Rodion Shchedrin and Luciano Berio respectively. Assistant principal violinist Marijn Mijnders and Monica Naselow, a member of the second violin section, team up in an explosive performance of Hindson’s 'Chrissietina’s Magic Fantasy' for two violins, the discovery of the chamber music marathon with which the Society of Friends of the Concertgebouw and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2009.

“The Horizon series is an audacious project presenting top-class live performances in consistently fine if soft-grained sonics...The second disc veers off into pieces old and new, randomly showcasing the attributes of distinguished orchestra members....A curate's egg then but one with plenty to titillate the open-minded consumer.” International Record Review, January 2012

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Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen & Kindertotenlieder

Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen & Kindertotenlieder


Mahler:

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

orch. Schoenberg

Ensemble Orford, Jean-François Rivest

Kindertotenlieder

orch. Reinbert de Leeuw

Ensemble Orford, Jean-François Rivest

Mahler, A:

Die stille Stadt

In meines Vaters Garten

Laue Sommernacht (text: Gustav Falke)

Bei dir ist es traut

Ich wandle unter Blumen (text: Heinrich Heine)

Marc Bourdeau (piano)


Julie Boulianne (mezzo)

ATMA presents the first solo recording of Canadian mezzo-soprano Julie Boulianne, who is featured in a rarely recorded chamber version of Mahler’s two famous song cycles, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Kindertotenlieder. She also performs a selection of lieder by Alma Mahler.

Recently making her debut at The Met, Atma has signed a 3-CD contract with her.

“A cunning combination, all beautifully sung” BBC Music Magazine, March 2012

“few such accomplished exponents of Rossini are able to summon up the plaintive contralto-ish sonority to create the right atmosphere for Mahler. That Boulianne can project the pervasive feeling of sadness without excessive weight is partly a factor of the 'domestic' arrangements employed...one of today's most promising singers is notably well served.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2012

“I was at once struck by the sheer beauty of her voice, her care over nuance and her intensity in expression. It’s a vibrant voice but not excessively so...There are many superb recordings of both these cycles and it is practically impossible to pick a clear winner, but Julie Boulianne belongs among the best.” MusicWeb International, July 2012

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Lyric: Orchestral Songs

Lyric: Orchestral Songs


Bloch, E:

Poèmes D’automne for Mezzo-Soprano and Orchestra

Sophie Koch (mezzo)

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Steven Sloane

Two Psalms for Soprano & orchestra

Christiane Oelze (soprano)

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Steven Sloane

Mahler:

Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)

Christine Schäfer (soprano)

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Christoph Eschenbach

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Thomas Quasthoff (bass-baritone)

Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester, Gary Bertini

Schreker:

Lieder (5) für tiefe Stimme und Orchester

Mechthild Georg (mezzo)

WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln, Peter Gülke

Wellesz:

Leben, Traum und Tod, Op. 55

Regina Klepper (soprano), Sophie Koch (mezzo)

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Roger Epple

Wolf, H:

Mignon IV 'Kennst du das Land' (No. 9 from Goethe-Lieder)

Er ist's (No. 6 from Mörike-Lieder)

Anakreons Grab (No. 29 from Goethe-Lieder)

Denk es, o Seele! (No. 39 from Mörike-Lieder)

An den Schlaf (No. 29 from Mörike-Lieder)

Mitsuko Shirai (mezzo)

Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, David Shallon

Zemlinsky:

Lied der Baumwollpacker (from Symphonische Gesänge, Op. 20)

Totes braunes Mädel (from Symphonisches Gesänge, Op. 20)

Afrikanischer Tanz (from Symphonisches Gesänge, Op. 20)

Franz Grundheber (baritone)

Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg, Gerd Albrecht

Lyric Symphony Op. 18: Friede mein Herz

Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Orchestre de Paris, Christoph Eschenbach


, Christiane Oelze (soprano), Sophie Koch (mezzo), Matthias Goerne (baritone), Franz Grundheber (baritone),

These recordings taken from the legendary Capriccio-Archive bring some of the world’s leading singers together.

“A flavoursome two-disc compliation garnering the distinctive character of these singers, often in less familiar and fascinating repertoire” BBC Music Magazine, April 2012 ****

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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde


Jane Henschel (mezzo-soprano) & Gregory Kunde (tenor)

Houston Symphony, Hans Graf

In 1907 Mahler suffered a series of severe losses. Following pressure, he resigned his position as Director of the Court Opera in Vienna. After his elder daughter Maria died, he himself received the diagnosis of a severe heart condition. During the summer of 1908, Mahler sketched Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), a ‘symphony for two vocal soloists and orchestra’. The texts, taken from Hans Bethge’s The Chinese Flute, are concerned with the themes of transience and loss, culminating in the overwhelming Der Abschied (The Farewell). The Houston Symphony and Hans Graf have recorded Zemlinsky and Berg on Naxos 8572048; ‘tonally sumptuous and emotionally expansive’. (Allmusic.com)

“From the first, scything horn cry, it's evident that this is going to be a Song of the Earth of real orchestral distinction...their lean but incisive quality makes for some real chamber-musical moments with the wind and brass, many of which tenor Gregory Kunde sensitively shares...Kunde can manages the impossibly high tessitura and never forces his voice.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2012 ****

“Although Jane Henschel, a frequent performer of Wagner and Strauss, finds herself on familiar ground, it's Gregory Kunde - generally a bel canto tenor - who remains the standout. I'm not sure how much of Kunde's refined elegance would soar above the orchestra in a live performance, but this is the first Das Lied recording in a long time that made me wish Mahler wrote more for the tenor.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2012

“the Houston Symphony proves itself a highly competent band” The Guardian, 3rd November 2011 **

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