Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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Mahler: Symphony No. 8 (with bonus DVD disc)

Mahler: Symphony No. 8 (with bonus DVD disc)


Mahler:

Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'


Christine Brewer (soprano), Camilla Nylund (soprano), Maria Espada (soprano), Stephanie Blythe (mezzo), Mihoko Fujimura (mezzo), Robert Dean Smith (tenor), Tommi Hakala (baritone), Stefan Kocán (bass)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Choir, State Choir 'Latvija', Bavarian Radio Choir, National Boys Choir, National Children's Choir, Mariss Jansons

1 SACD + DVD

"Try to imagine the whole universe beginning to ring and resound. There are no more human voices, only planets and suns revolving in their orbits," wrote Gustav Mahler to his friend, Willem Mengelberg, on 18 August 1906. The day before, he had completed the sketches of the Eighth Symphony in little more than three weeks, and that after a very hectic season.

The legendary relationship between Gustav Mahler, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Willem Mengelberg has established a firm tradition of playing Mahler in Amsterdam. During the 1960s the orchestra and Bernard Haitink started recording a Mahler discography that still remains one of the cornerstones of any Mahlerian's collection. Ricccardo Chailly's tenure as chief conductor yielded another brilliant Mahler cycle and now Mariss Jansons is steadily building his tribute to the composer.

Recorded during the same Mahler cycle as the recently released Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3 – part of the full Mahler cycle that the orchestra performed in the 2009-2011 seasons to celebrate the composer's 150th birthday and 100th anniversary of his death - Mariss Jansons's interpretation of the Eight Symphony is one more jewel in the crown of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; with a star-studded cast and excellent choral forces, this 'Symphony of a Thousand' left a lasting impression on the audience.

“It immediately takes the lead among interpretations of this phenomenal work...a reading of the score that is both thrilling and telling in its emotional finesse and sincerity...With the Royal Concertgebouw on supreme form, Jansons unequivocally delivers a performance of cosmic impact.” The Telegraph, 11th July 2013

“The performance has absolutely no weak links. The choral singing, so crucial in this work, is highly disciplined and excellent...The playing of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is superb throughout...the performance is superbly controlled and though Jansons gives the music its head he keeps a very firm grip on things and also displays tremendous attention to detail” MusicWeb International, 22nd July 2013

“Jansons conveys a thrilling sense of occasion” Financial Times, 3rd August 2013

“Jansons' line up of Wagnerian soloists for this live Concertgebouw Mahler spectacular is possibly the most impressive since Georg Solti's classic 1971 recording...If this still doesn't rise quite to the top of my list of recorded Mahler Eights, it's partly because Jansons doesn't 'do' impetuous from the outset as Mahler asks.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2013 ****

“Jansons keeps the music moving and gives himself something to pull back from in the biggest tuttis...And he has a shining Christine Brewer as his first soprano popping those top Bs and Cs above the stave...up there among the select front-runners.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2013

“Jansons sets off Mahler’s cosmic clockwork with all-encompassing vision and jewelled precision. Contrapuntal textures never flag or become garrulous in density or over-insistence. The few passages where the music draws breath are shrewdly punctuated as moments of re-charge...a compelling course is steered towards a torrential closing passage.” International Record Review, November 2013

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - September 2013

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Claudio Abbado: A Life Dedicated to Music

Claudio Abbado: A Life Dedicated to Music

Jubilee Box


Bach, J S:

Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6 BWV1046-1051 (complete)

Recorded live at Teatro Municipale Valli, Reggio Emilia, 21 April 2007

Orchestra Mozart

Beethoven:

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

Recorded live at the Concert Hall of the Culture and Concention Centre Lucerne, 10–12 August 2005

Alfred Brendel (piano)

Lucerne Festival Orchestra

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

Recorded live at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome, February 2001

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Recorded live at Philharmonie, Berlin, 1 May 2000

Karita Mattila (soprano), Violeta Urmana (alto), Thomas Moser (tenor), Eike Wilm Schulte (bass)

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Swedish Radio Chorus, Eric Ericson Chamber Choir

Brahms:

Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Recorded live at the Musikverein, Vienna, April 1997

Barbara Bonney (soprano), Bryn Terfel (baritone)

Swedish Radio Choir, Eric Ericson Chamber Choir & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 7 in E Major

Recorded live at the Concert Hall of the Culture and Concention Centre Lucerne, 10–12 August 2005

Lucerne Festival Orchestra

Mahler:

Symphony No. 9

Recorded live at Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome, 14 April 2004

Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra

Mussorgsky:

A Night on the Bare Mountain

Recorded live from the Suntory Hall, Tokyo, 1994

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Stravinsky:

The Firebird Suite

Recorded live from the Suntory Hall, Tokyo, 1994

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Recorded live from the Suntory Hall, Tokyo, 1994

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

plus:

DVD 3: A Verdi Gala from Berlin

Verdi Arias from: Un ballo in maschera / Don Carlos / Rigoletto / La traviata / Falstaff

Andrea Rost, Ramón Vargas, Alan Titus, Lucio Gallo and other soloists

Berliner Philharmoniker

Recorded live at the Philharmonie, Berlin, 30–31 December 2000

DVD 5: Hearing the Silence

with Bruno Ganz, Daniel Harding, Albrecht Mayer, Wolfram Christ, Kolja Blacher

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra


This DVD Box will be released in honour of Claudio Abbado’s 80th anniversary on June 26th. It contains an extensive collection of concert recordings and the documentary Hearing the Silence, capturing the outstanding work and repertoire of this formidable conductor on 8 DVDs.

Claudio Abbado, musical director of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan (1968-1986) and the Berliner Philharmoniker (1989-2002) has always been supportive to the younger music generation and hence founded excellent orchestras such as the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, European Union Youth Orchestra and the Orchestra Mozart. His musical career took him all over the world to the most prestigious opera and concert houses from Milan, London, Chicago to Berlin, Vienna and Bologna. A tremendous achievement which is captured in this Box.

These 8 DVDs contain marvellous recordings of Beethoven, Mussorgsky, Stravinksky, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Verdi, Mahler and Bach performed by excellent Orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, accompanied by exceptional soloists like Alfred Brendel , Andrea Rost, Karita Mattila, Barbara Bonney all conducted by one of the greatest conductors of our time.

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Booklet Notes: English, German, French

Running Time: Disc 1: 97 mins, Disc 2: 79 mins, Disc 3: 94 mins,

Disc 4: 122 mins, Disc 5: 67 mins, Disc 6: 84 mins,

Disc 7: 106 mins, Disc 8: 100 mins (total 749 mins)

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Mariss Jansons conducts Mahler Symphony No. 2

Mariss Jansons conducts Mahler Symphony No. 2


Mahler:

Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Anja Harteros (soprano) & Bernarda Fink (alto)

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra)

Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (Rückert-Lieder)

for 16 Voices arranged by Clytus Gottwald


Gustav Mahler’s gigantic Symphony No. 2 in C minor usually fi lls out a concert on its own. But in this recording with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra) under its principal conductor Mariss Jansons, the work is introduced by an exquisite – and fi tting – choral work: A contemporary (1982) 16-voice arrangement of a song by Mahler, Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen, based on a poem by Friedrich Rückert and originally composed for voice and orchestra in 1901 – performed here by the superb Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Bavarian Radio Choir).

The nickname “Resurrection” for Mahler’s Second Symphony is derived from the closing chorus of the last movement, in which Mahler set to music verses from Klopstock’s “Messias”. Although the symphony is a challenge to perform, due to the length of the work as well as the exceptionally large musical scoring, it has become part of the standard repertoire. The Second Symphony is a central work in Mahler’s oeuvre, a work whose Munich performance of 1900 brought him the long hoped-for recognition as composer.

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“I hadn't taken on board quite how expressive a master Jansons can be: the face and above all the eyes change in an instant through absorption in the Resurrection's drama...These are superlative players, too, responsive to Janson's subtlest rubato...[the symphony] confirms Jansons as one of the world's top five living conductors.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2013 ****

“Throughout, the video director has done a superb job...The voices of Anja Harteros and Bernarda Fink together with the magnificent playing and singing of the Bavarian orchestra and chorus under Mariss Jansons is remarkable right from climaxes of sonic proportions to the high strings playing the softest pianissimo. Under their chief conductor I couldn’t currently name a finer orchestra. Bravo!” MusicWeb International, 31st July 2013

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Mariss Jansons conducts Mahler Symphony No. 2

Mariss Jansons conducts Mahler Symphony No. 2


Mahler:

Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Anja Harteros (soprano) & Bernarda Fink (alto)

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra)

Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (Rückert-Lieder)

for 16 Voices arranged by Clytus Gottwald


Gustav Mahler’s gigantic Symphony No. 2 in C minor usually fi lls out a concert on its own. But in this recording with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra) under its principal conductor Mariss Jansons, the work is introduced by an exquisite – and fi tting – choral work: A contemporary (1982) 16-voice arrangement of a song by Mahler, Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen, based on a poem by Friedrich Rückert and originally composed for voice and orchestra in 1901 – performed here by the superb Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Bavarian Radio Choir).

The nickname “Resurrection” for Mahler’s Second Symphony is derived from the closing chorus of the last movement, in which Mahler set to music verses from Klopstock’s “Messias”. Although the symphony is a challenge to perform, due to the length of the work as well as the exceptionally large musical scoring, it has become part of the standard repertoire. The Second Symphony is a central work in Mahler’s oeuvre, a work whose Munich performance of 1900 brought him the long hoped-for recognition as composer.

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Running Time: 96 mins

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“I hadn't taken on board quite how expressive a master Jansons can be: the face and above all the eyes change in an instant through absorption in the Resurrection's drama...These are superlative players, too, responsive to Janson's subtlest rubato...[the symphony] confirms Jansons as one of the world's top five living conductors.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2013 ****

“Throughout, the video director has done a superb job...The voices of Anja Harteros and Bernarda Fink together with the magnificent playing and singing of the Bavarian orchestra and chorus under Mariss Jansons is remarkable right from climaxes of sonic proportions to the high strings playing the softest pianissimo. Under their chief conductor I couldn’t currently name a finer orchestra. Bravo!” MusicWeb International, 31st July 2013

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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde


Das Lied is considered the most personal of Mahler’s works. It represents a synthesis of the two great pillars in Mahler’s oeuvre, the symphony and the song. On the face of it, it is cycle of six orchestral songs. But at the same time, it features three protagonists: not just the two solo voices, but the orchestra as well, and its formal structure is symphonic in nature.

The two soloists on this recording are the best known for this work. They sing it all over the world with top orchestras to fabulous reviews and PentaTone is delighted to welcome them to their label. The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra has a splendid reputation for its Mahler performances mainly under previous Music Director Harmut Haenchen.

“Coote takes Dame Janet Baker's rapt introspection to a new level; Fritz has the vocal stamina but can seem a little ungainly...[Albrecht's] vocal exhortations inspire sympathetic playing even if the sadness, loss and ultimate serenity of 'Der Abschied' remain the special province of his soloist.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2013

“[Coote's] singing may not be as sumptuous as some, but it is exquisitely coloured; every word matters, and the sadness that pervades the mezzo songs in particular is conveyed without it ever becoming self-conscious or sentimental...well worth hearing, especially for Coote's contribution” The Guardian, 23rd May 2013 ****

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Mahler: Das klagende Lied, Blumine & Adagio of the 10th Symphony

Mahler: Das klagende Lied, Blumine & Adagio of the 10th Symphony


Mahler:

Das klagende Lied

Manuela Uhl (soprano), Lioba Braun (alto), Werner Gura (tenor)

Czech Philhamonic Chorus Brno

Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major - Adagio


Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Stefan Blunier

Mahler initially had a hard time of it. When Das klagende Lied finally met with his own critical favor, he stated, “My first work in which I have found myself as ‘Mahler’!” Here it is heard in colorful contrast to the fragment from his last symphony and the “Blumine” andante originally intended for the first symphony. The Beethoven Orchestra of Bonn under its resourceful conductor Stefan Blunier is in top form on this fascinatingly detailed look at Mahler’s compositional techniques.

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Stefan Zweig the Musician

Stefan Zweig the Musician

and Die schweigsame Frau


Bach, J S:

The Art of Fugue, BWV1080

version for string quartet

Emerson String Quartet

Beethoven:

Violin Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 96

Wolfgang Schneiderhan (violin), Carl Seeman (piano)

(violin), Carl Seeman (piano)

Brahms:

Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114

Karl Leister (clarinet), Ottomar Borwitzky (cello), Tamás Vásáry (piano)

Haydn:

Piano Trio No. 39 in G major, Hob.XV:25: Finale 'Rondo all'ongarese'

Beaux Arts Trio

Liszt:

Le cygne (The Swan)

trans. for viola and piano by Jacques Drillon

Guennadi Freidine (viola), Edouard Oganessean (piano)

Mahler:

Piano Quartet (in one movement) in A minor

Gidon Kremer (violin), Veronika Hagen (viola), Clemens Hagen (cello), Oleg Maisenberg (piano)

Mozart:

String Quartet No. 19 in C major, K465 'Dissonance'

Emerson String Quartet

Schoenberg:

Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4

LaSalle

Schubert:

Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat major, D898

Schumann:

Romances (3), Op. 94

Heinz Holliger (oboe), Alfred Brendel (piano)

Strauss, R:

Die schweigsame Frau, Op. 80

Hans Hotter (Sir Morosus), Georgine von Milinkovic (Haushälterin), Fritz Wunderlich (Henry Morosus), Hilde Güden (Aminta), Pierrette Alarie (Isotta), Hetty Plümacher (Carlotta), Hermann Prey (Der Barbier), Josef Knapp (Morbio), Karl Dönch (Vanuzzi), Alois Pernerstorfer (Farfallo)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Chor der Wiener Staatsoper,, Karl Böhm

Cello Sonata in F major, Op. 6

Mischa Maisky (cello), Pavel Gililov (piano)


Stefan Zweig, one of the greatest German language writers of the twentieth century, was born in Vienna. In the nineteenth century, the city was the musical, even cultural, capital of the Western world. Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven founded ‘Viennese Classicism’ and later of course Schoenberg, Berg and Webern created a revolution with the second ‘Viennese School’. So it comes as no surprise that music was the first source of inspiration for Stefan Zweig, a literary genius. The first CD of this 3-CD set explores the works of various composer associated with Vienna movements whilst discs 2&3 are devoted to The Silent Women, the Richard Strauss opera with a libretto by Stefan Zweig, in the historic version (1959) with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Karl Böhm. A recording long deleted from the catalogue and here reissued for this special set.

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Valentina Levko: Star of the Bolshoi

Valentina Levko: Star of the Bolshoi


includes

Albéniz:

Tango

Bach, J S:

St Matthew Passion, BWV244: Erbarme dich

St Matthew Passion, BWV244: Buss und Reu

Christmas Oratorio, BWV248: Bereite dich, Zion

Mass in B minor, BWV232: Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris

Mass in B minor, BWV232: Agnus Dei

Bizet:

Si vous aimez!

Vasco da Gama: Ouvre ton coeur

L'amour est un oiseau rebelle 'Habanera' (from Carmen)

Bononcini, G B:

Vado ben spesso

Borodin:

Merknet svyet dnevnoy (from Prince Igor)

Ty li, Vladimir moy? (from Prince Igor)

Brahms:

Two songs for contralto with viola obbligato, Op. 91

Champagne, T:

Song of the Rose

Shepherd Boy

Falconieri:

Bella rosa

Falla:

Siete Canciones populares españolas

Glinka:

Vanya's Aria (from Ivan Susanin/A Life for the Tsar)

I zhar, i znoi smenila nochi ten (from Ruslan and Lyudmila)

Ratmir's Romance (from Ruslan and Lyudmila)

Granados:

Tonadillas: Oh, muerte cruel!

Ay majo de mi vida!: No. 1, La maja dolorosa

Tonadillas: No. 3, La maja dolorosa: III 'De aquel majo amante'

Handel:

Lascia ch'io pianga (from Rinaldo)

Te Deum in D major 'Dettingen', HWV283: Dignare, Domine

Ombra mai fu (from Serse)

Deggio morire, o stelle (from Siroe)

Mahler:

Symphony No. 3 in D minor: O Mensch, gib acht

sung in Russian

Marcello, B:

Quella fiamma che m'accende

Martini, J P:

Plaisir d'amour

Massenet:

Elégie

Mozart:

Ombra felice!...Io ti lascio, K255

Mussorgsky:

Khovanshchina - Marfa's Song (edited by Rimsky-Korsakov)

Marfa's Prophecy (from Khovanshchina)

Parisotti:

Se tu m'ami

Ponchielli:

Voce di donna o d'angelo (from La Gioconda)

Prokofiev:

Incantation of Water and Fire (No. 1 from Fünf Gedichte von Kontantin Bal'mont, Op. 36)

Purcell:

When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)

Rachmaninov:

Selected songs

Respighi:

E se un giorno tornasse, P. 96

sung in Russian

Echo

sung in Russian

Rimsky Korsakov:

Lel's Third Song (from The Snow Maiden)

Lioubasha's aria (from The Tsar's Bride)

Rossini:

Ah! quel giorno ognor rammento (from Semiramide)

Saint-Saëns:

Printemps qui commence (from Samson et Dalila)

Amour, viens aider ma faiblesse (Samson et Dalila)

Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix (from Samson et Dalila)

Schubert:

Aufenthalt D957 No. 5

Die Forelle, D550

Erlkönig, D328

Gretchen am Spinnrade, D118

Im Frühling, D882

Ave Maria, D839

Serov:

Varangian Ballad (from Rogneda)

Stradella:

Pieta, Signore

Tchaikovsky:

Countess's Scene (from Pique Dame)

Selected songs

Verdi:

Stride la vampa (from Il Trovatore)

Vinci, Leonardo:

Confusa, smarrita (from Catone in Utica)

and traditional Russian songs


Valentina Levko (contralto)

A true discovery for many western ears: Valentina Levko, star contralto of the Bolshoi!

“In a career of 50 years, I have rarely encountered such a voice, rounded, youthful, with an uncommon timbre and astonishing warmth” , thus said the legendary Sol Hurok, one of the most famous American Impresarios, who introduced Valentina Levko in the New York Met.

Although she frequently toured the world, her real home was Russia, where she reigned for more than 40 years, and 25 years as the star contralto of the Bolshoi Theatre.

This set features Levko in a wide variety of repertoire, ranging from moving Baroque arias by Bach and Handel, through the art songs of Schubert and Brahms, towards great opera scenes from Prince Igor, Ruslan & Ludmilla, Ivan Susanin, Queen of Spades, Rossini, Verdi, the songs of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, and a superb collection of Russian folk songs.

An unrivalled breadth of recordings.

Valentina Levko was another in the glorious line of Russian 20th‐century contraltos who in some ways defined the sound of Russian opera for ears, both Eastern and Western, which were often discovering the rich tradition of Russian opera for the first time through recordings. Levko's name, however, unlike compatriots such as Elena Obratzova, never travelled as far or as well. Committed to her contract at the Bolshoi, she spurned several opportunities to make a name for herself in the West, with the lucrative recording contracts that would surely have followed.

And yet hers was, as this important set reveals, a voice and dramatic presence firmly in the mould of greats of the past such as Zara Dolukhanova. The set is carefully curated by themes, thereby revealing Levko's remarkable versatility. Arias from Bolshoi classics by Glinka, Rimsky‐Korsakov and Tchaikovsky sit alongside Western operas by Ponchielli, Verdi and others; her ability to scale her voice to an intimate environment results in warmly idiomatic recordings of art song by Schubert, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. The pleasure she took in the popular song of her own country also resulted in many recordings with the Ossipov Folk Orchestra, but her facility extended to folk songs of many languages, as the last CD reveals. Perhaps most remarkably of all, the first CD reveals a natural interpreter of Bach and Handel. An extensive booklet note discusses her life and career; for anyone interested in Russian voices, this set will be essential.

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Mahler: Symphony No. 1

Mahler: Symphony No. 1

including original ‘Blumine’ movement


Mahler:

Blumine (original 2nd movement of Symphony No. 1)

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'


Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London on 4 December 2010.

Mahler’s First Symphony: the opening chapter of his spiritual autobiography. And the music itself seems to awaken – emerging from hushed strings and woodwind cuckoos into its stride, marching forth, stamping towards an eerie realisation of a nursery rhyme and arriving at a final, blazing affirmation of confidence.

Vladimir Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in this live 2010 concert performance including the Symphony’s original second movement, ‘Blumine’.

“an undeniably fresh and often startling performance...Jurowski 'hears' everything but better yet the reasons for everything. His precipitous way with tempo contrasts creates moments of high drama in the outer movements...if ever there was a case for wanting the roar of applause, this is it.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2013

“Jurowski’s vivid reading...announces its intentions early on with the clarinet’s startlingly physical cuckoo call, and is exceptionally faithful to the Berliozian separation of timbres that was Mahler’s response to the blended textures of Austro-German music.” Sunday Times, 2nd June 2013

“Everything about the dewy dawn of this Mahler One is perfect...But as the hero...steps into the sunshine, the effect of the airless, in-your-face strings is rather oppressive...the point and spirit of the finale are dazzling, the tempo changes masterly throughout.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2013 ****

“This is an extraordinarily sensitive and nuanced account which eschews the temptation to stick to the sunny-side and run blithely through the score. There are frequent, telling adjustments in the phrasing which never sound fussy or applied...I look forward to more of Jurowski's Mahler with the LPO; this recording is a triumph.” MusicWeb International, 30th July 2013

“A radiant, live performance...I can't think of another recording where the horns sound so joyously jubilant. Jurowski also reinstates Blumine, the symphony's original second movement which Mahler deleted after the first few performances.” Jame Longstaffe, Presto Classical, June 2014

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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde and Symphonies Nos. 9 & 10

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde and Symphonies Nos. 9 & 10


Mahler:

Das Lied von der Erde

Birgit Finnila (alto), Peter Schreier (tenor)

Symphony No. 9

Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major

Realisation by Deryck Cooke


Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester, Kurt Sanderling

Kurt Sanderling would have been 100 years old on September 19, 2012. He very nearly reached that age, for he died last year just one day before his 99th birthday. This great conductor’s biography is packed with the events of a turbulent century. He began his career as a rehearsal pianist in Berlin in the early Thirties, before being stripped of his citizenship as a Jew. He emigrated to Moscow in 1936 to join his uncle and after a period in Kharkov was appointed to the Leningrad Philharmonic at the age of only 29, serving as second principal conductor under Yevgeny Mravinsky until 1960. He then returned to East Berlin and assumed the direction of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra until 1977. From 1964 to 1967, he also conducted the Staatskapelle of Dresden. Apart from Dmitry Shostakovich, a lifelong friend whose works Sanderling championed before and after his death in 1975, Gustav Mahler was the composer closest to his heart. A score of Mahler’s "Song of the Earth” accompanied him into exile, and he gave the Deryck Cooke completion of Mahler's Tenth Symphony its first performance in East Germany in 1978, soon after the conducting score had been published. When Sanderling took over the BSO in 1960, Mahler was still “off the radar" in East and West alike. Yet he featured his works from the very start. The Fourth was joined in his programming by Mahler's late works, which move on from the sweeping affirmatives of the Eighth to deal with life and farewell in many different ways – with none of the three works ending in triumphant full orchestra. Only after months or years of concert performance did Kurt Sanderling assemble his BSO before the microphones in the late Seventies and early Eighties, in order to capture this deeply moving music on gramophone records. To mark his centenary, those recordings of Gustav Mahler's last three symphonic works are now brought together in an informative and well presented special edition.

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