Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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Mahler: Symphony No. 3

Mahler: Symphony No. 3

and Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1


Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Bonus Track. Montreux Festival 17.09.1962

Claudio Arrau (piano)

Mahler:

Symphony No. 3

Helen Watts


Two wonderful performances taken from the early 1960’s and with excellent sound, these recordings show Horenstein at his best with the London Symphony Orchestra and soloists.

This is the first release of these performances on any format.

BONUS TRACKS: BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 1 Claudio Arrau 17.09.1962 Montreux Festival 17.09.1962

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Rudolf Kempe conducts Mahler, Wagner & Mendelssohn

Rudolf Kempe conducts Mahler, Wagner & Mendelssohn


Mahler:

Symphony No. 4

Maida Vale Studios, 14 May 1957

Joan Alexander (soprano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Mendelssohn:

Ruy Blas Overture, Op. 95

Royal Festival Hall, London, 12 February 1967

London Symphony Orchestra

Wagner:

Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1

Maida Vale Studios, 26 May 1965

BBC Symphony Orchestra


The highly distinguished conductor Rudolf Kempe (1910–1976) started as an oboist with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. During the Second World War, he was chief conductor of the Chemnitz Opera until 1946. He then worked at Weimar for the 1948–9 season, before joining the Dresden Opera and becoming chief conductor. From 1952 to 1954, he was chief conductor of the Bavarian State Opera, which he conducted at Covent Garden in 1953 to great acclaim.

He quickly became highly regarded in England and was offered the chief conductorship of the Covent Garden Opera twice. Although he declined these invitations, he worked with the company frequently, and in 1957 conducted a memorable account of Wagner’s Ring cycle, which established his reputation as a Wagnerian of the highest calibre. In 1961, Sir Thomas Beecham effectively appointed Kempe to become his successor as chief conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, a post which Kempe held until 1975, when he moved to the BBC Symphony Orchestra prior to his untimely death in 1976.

The recording of Mahler’s Symphony No.4 came about due to the ill-heath of Bruno Walter. One of Walter’s programmes was to have consisted of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony and it was this work that Kempe, substituting for Walter, conducted in studio performances on 12 and 14 May 1957. The quality of the performance of the Mahler stands as a tribute to the great conductorial skills of Kempe, then establishing himself as a major international musical presence.

Mahler’s Symphony No.4 is a new addition to the Kempe discography. The recording, which was discovered in the Music Preserved archive in York, is very rare, a collector’s item. Similarly, Mendelssohn’s Ruy Blas Overture is a new addition to the conductor’s discography. It is heard here in a fiery performance captured live from the Royal Festival Hall in 1967 with the LSO.

Kempe’s account of the Prelude to Act I of Wagner’s Parsifal, recorded in 1965, confirms his status as one of the greatest Wagnerian conductors of the 20th century. His Covent Garden performances of Parsifal in 1959 were landmarks for the company.

“a performance [of the Mahler] that is characteristic of a notable conductor in prime professional condition.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2014

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Ach, des Knaben Augen (Ah, the Boy's Eyes)

Ach, des Knaben Augen (Ah, the Boy's Eyes)


Brahms:

Vier ernste Gesänge, Op. 121

Mahler:

Kindertotenlieder

Wolf, H:

Nun wandre Maria, nun wandre nur fort (No. 3 from Spanisches Liederbuch: Geistliche Lieder)

Die ihr schwebet (No. 4 from Spanisches Liederbuch: Geistliche Lieder)

Ach, das Knaben Augen (No. 5 from Spanisches Liederbuch: Geistliche Lieder)

Herr, was trägt der Boden hier (from Spanisches Liederbuch)


Cliff Ridley (baritone), Danielle Marcinek (piano)

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Christian Gerhaher - The Art of Song

Christian Gerhaher - The Art of Song


Beethoven:

An die ferne Geliebte (To the distant beloved), Op. 98

Adelaide, Op. 46

Brahms:

Vor dem Fenster Op. 14 No. 1

Der Gang Zum Liebchen, Op. 31 No. 3

O Tod, wie bitter bist du Op. 121 No. 3

Glück , F:

In einem kühlen Grunde

Haydn:

Trost unglucklicher Liebe, Hob. XXVIa:9

Mahler:

Rheinlegendchen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Ablösung im Sommer (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht (No. 1 from Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen)

Liebst Du um Schönheit (Rückert-Lieder)

Schubert:

Im Frühling, D882

Nachtstück, D672 (Mayrhofer)

An den Mond, D193

Die Gotter Griechenlands D677 (Schiller)

Das Wandern (No. 1 from Die schöne Müllerin, D795)

Wohin? (No. 2 from Die schöne Müllerin, D795)

Ungeduld (No. 7 from Die schöne Müllerin, D795)

Trockne Blumen (No. 18 from Die schöne Müllerin, D795)

Gute Nacht (No. 1 from Winterreise, D911)

Die Wetterfahne (No. 2 from Winterreise, D911)

Erstarrung (No. 4 from Winterreise, D911)

Der Lindenbaum (No. 5 from Winterreise, D911)

Frühlingstraum (No. 11 from Winterreise, D911)

Der Leiermann (No. 24 from Winterreise, D911)

Im Abendrot, D799

Der Musensohn, D764 (Goethe)

Du bist die Ruh D776 (Rückert)

Der Jungling und der Tod, D545 (Spaun)

Der Tod und das Mädchen, D531

Totengräbers Heimwehe D842 (Craigher)

Schumann:

Dichterliebe, Op. 48

In der Fremde (No. 1 from Liederkreis, Op. 39)

Waldesgesprach (No. 3 from Liederkreis, Op. 39)

Die Stille (No. 4 from Liederkreis, Op. 39)

Mondnacht (No. 5 from Liederkreis, Op. 39)

Frühlingsnacht (No. 12 from Liederkreis, Op. 39)

Ständchen, Op. 36 No. 2

Wolf, H:

Gebet; Nun lass uns Frieden schliessen

Nicht länger kann ich singen (No. 42 from Italienisches Liederbuch)


Christian Gerhaher (baritone), Gerold Huber (piano)

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Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A minor 'Tragic'

Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A minor 'Tragic'


Mahler’s Sixth Symphony was an anchor piece of the DSO’s European Tour in March 2013. This recording was drawn from concerts at the Meyerson Symphony Center that immediately preceded the European tour.

Recorded in the Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Texas, United States, 1 March 2013

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Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1-3

Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1-3


Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Sally Matthews (soprano) & Michelle DeYoung (mezzo)

with BBC Symphony Chorus

Symphony No. 3

Sarah Connolly (mezzo)

with Philharmonia Voices & Tiffin Boys' Choir


Lorin Maazel leads the Philharmonia Orchestra and a star-studded ensemble of performers in Mahler's first three Symphonies. This is the first set in a series that will encompass Mahler's Nine Symphonies, featuring live orchestral recordings, from London's Royal Festival Hall, of Maazel and the Philharmonia's much-lauded Mahler Cycle.

“What a ride it’s been; a wilful First, a splendid Second and now an incandescent Third. Make no mistake, for all his faults - perceived or otherwise - this octogenarian conductor is a Mahlerian of considerable consequence...Huge contrasts, great rewards; a cycle to watch.” MusicWeb International, 16th December 2013

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'


Benjamin Zander and Linn launch their new partnership with Mahler’s hugely popular ‘Resurrection’ Symphony; exceptionally challenging and thrillingly powerful it is the perfect showcase for Zander’s distinctive balance of insightful musicianship and emotional intensity.

A GRAMMY-nominated conductor, Zander has established an impressive reputation as arguably the most devoted Mahlerian of today, having previously released seven of the nine symphonies to critical acclaim.

Together with the Philharmonia Orchestra Zander’s recordings of Mahler symphonies have inspired critics worldwide to use superlatives such as ‘revelatory’, ‘exhilarating’, ‘illuminating’ and ‘remarkable’.

An infectiously enthusiastic communicator, Benjamin Zander has also recorded a detailed and highly informative discussion to accompany the recording (available to download for free).

The featured soloists are Sarah Connolly, one of the foremost British mezzo sopranos who has impressed at La Scala and Glyndebourne, and Swedish soprano Miah Persson, who is in great demand with the major opera houses including Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera New York.

Further commendations for his Mahler Symphonies include: nominated for a GRAMMY Award in the category of Best Orchestral Performance (Ninth Symphony), named a ‘Top 10 Recording of 2001’ by the New York Times and The Sunday Times (Fourth and Fifth Symphonies respectively), named a ‘Recording of the Year’ by Boston Globe, The Sunday Times, and Fanfare Magazine (Sixth Symphony).

Benjamin Zander is the conductor of The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and a guest conductor around the world.

With London's famed Philharmonia Orchestra, he is recording the complete cycle of Mahler symphonies, recordings which have been received with extraordinary critical acclaim and several awards.

“don’t expect searing agony: Zander prefers the lofty objective view, and lets the drama of death and resurrection unfold without jabbing our elbows...Special ingredients? The tense opening bars; the feeling radiating from mezzo Sarah Connolly; the finale’s first steps, so gravely beautiful; the prayerful singing of the Philharmonia Choir, steady at the slowest speeds” The Times, 15th November 2013 ****

“Zander's Resurrection begins well enough with a clear-etched, finely nuanced funeral march...[but in the Scherzo] the familiar Zander leisureliness becomes a liability...Salvation is on hand from the ever-meaningful, velvet-toned mezzo Sarah Connolly...You couldn't wish for a more floaty soprano than Miah Persson” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013 ***

“Zander’s way with the big first movement is impressive...Connolly is eloquent and rich of tone in ‘Urlicht’...the recorded sound is absolutely superb, making a great impact yet also bringing out also countless little subtleties in Mahler’s scoring. The playing and singing are of an equally high order” MusicWeb International, December 2013

“The richly coloured performance, by a Philharmonia on top form, bears out many of Zander’s points, not least the vital importance in Mahler of a clarity of texture in which every line is audible. His argument for a slower than usual tempo in the spectral scherzo is also vindicated...Essential listening.” Sunday Times, 12th January 2014

“Zander's fidelity to Mahler's markings remains remarkable. So too goes he handle timbral contrasts supremely well, particularly in balancing the vocal soloists Miah Persson and Sarah Connolly within the overall texture.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2014

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

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


Jane Eaglen (soprano I), Anne Schwanewilms (soprano II), Ruth Ziesak (soprano III), Sara Fulgoni (contralto I), Anna Larsson (contralto II), Ben Heppner (tenor), Peter Mattei (baritone), Jan-Hendrik Rootering (bass) & Vesko Eschkenazy (solo violin)

Prague Philharmonic Choir (Choir I), Netherlands Radio Choir (Choir II), Jongenskoor van het Kathedrale Koor St Bavo, Jongenskoor van het Sacramentskoor, Breda & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly

Former 2CD full-price set re-issued as 1CD at MID-PRICE Co-incides with extensive global Chailly orchestral tour.

Riccardo Chailly's acclaimed recording of Mahler's mighty Eighth Symphony is now reissued on a single CD at mid-price for the first time.

"[Chailly] has deliberately sought to make the long second movement with its Faust setting - a sequence of dramatic scenes culminating in the chorus, Alles vergängliche - the true climax of the work. The team of soloists is outstanding, with the recording vividly catching the detail and perspectives of the massive ensemble." The Penguin Guide

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Decca Sound: The Analogue Years 1954 – 1968

Decca Sound: The Analogue Years 1954 – 1968


Balakirev:

Symphonic Poem 'Tamara'

Beethoven:

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

Berwald:

Grand Septet in B flat major

Borodin:

Piano Quintet in C minor

Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Britten:

Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 68

Bruch:

Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46

Dvorak:

Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70

Glazunov:

Stenka Razin

Gounod:

Faust - Ballet Music

Grieg:

Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Haydn:

Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, Hob. VIIb:1

Hérold:

La Fille mal gardée

Hindemith:

Violin Concerto

Honegger:

Symphony No. 2 in D for strings and trumpet

Kodály:

Háry János Suite

Hej, ket tikom (from Háry János)

Szegeny vagyok (from Háry János)

Dances of Galanta

The Peacock

Variations on a Hungarian Folksong 'The Peacock'

Lecocq:

Mam'zelle Angot - ballet

Liadov:

Kikimora, Op. 63

Mahler:

Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Martin, F:

Etudes for string orchestra

Concerto for 7 wind instruments, timpani, percussion & string orchestra

Mendelssohn:

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 'Scottish'

Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 'Italian'

Piano Sextet Op. 110

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K595

Serenade No. 10 in B flat major, K361 'Gran Partita'

Serenade No. 12 in C minor, K388

Puccini:

La Bohème

Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

Ravel:

L'enfant et les sortilèges

Ma Mère l'Oye

Rimsky Korsakov:

Symphony No. 2, Op. 9 'Antar'

Rossini:

La gazza ladra Overture

La scala di seta Overture

Il barbiere di Siviglia Overture

Semiramide Overture

Guillaume Tell Overture

Schubert:

Symphony No. 9 in C major, D944 'The Great'

Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished'

Sibelius:

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43

Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39

Karelia Suite, Op. 11

Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63

Strauss, J, I:

Loreley-Rhein-Klänge, Walzer, Op. 154

Strauss, J, II:

Kaiser-Walzer, Op. 437

Wo die Zitronen blühen, Op. 364

Napoleon-Marsch, Op. 156 (1854)

Fledermaus-Quadrille, Op. 363

Tausendundeine Nacht, Op. 346

Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald, Op. 325

Frühlingsstimmen Walzer Op. 410

Strauss, Josef:

Feuerfest (Fireproof), Op. 269

Jockey Polka, Op. 278

Dorfschwalben aus Österreich - waltz, Op. 164

Tchaikovsky:

1812 Overture, Op. 49

Capriccio italien, Op. 45

Marche slave, Op. 31

Swan Lake, Op. 20

Verdi:

Otello

Requiem

Ziehrer:

Facher - Polonaise, Op. 525


Marie-Lise de Montmollin (Contralto), Flore Wend (Mezzo-Soprano), Hugues Cuenod (Tenor), Lucien Lovano (Bass), Genevieve Touraine (Soprano), Pierre Mollet (Baritone), Adrienne Migliette (Soprano), Juliette Bise (Soprano), Gisele Bobillier (Soprano), Suzanne Danco (Soprano), Sir Clifford Curzon (Piano), Julius Katchen (Piano), Ettore Bastianini (Baritone), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Cesare Siepi (Bass), Renato Cesari (Bass), Fernando Corena (Bass), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano), Piero de Palma (Tenor), Gianna D'Angelo (Soprano), Giorgio Onesti (Bass), Attilio D. Orazi (Baritone), Ruggiero Ricci (Violin), Steven Staryk (Violin), Tibor de Machula (Cello), Phia Berghout (Harp), Anton Karas (Zither), Hilde Gueden (Soprano), Tom Krause (Baritone), Nello Romanato (Tenor), Aldo Protti (Baritone), Athos Cesarini (Tenor), Mario del Monaco (Tenor), Ana Raquel Satre (Mezzo-Soprano), Libero Arbace (Bass), Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor (Chorus), David Oistrakh (Violin), John Leach (Cimbalom), Olga Szönyi (Soprano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Marilyn Horne (Mezzo-Soprano), James King (Tenor), Martti Talvela (Bass), Helen Watts (Contralto), Heather Harper (Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)

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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London, on 19 February 2011


LPO Principal Guest Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin has a great affinity with the German Romantic repertoire. His previous LPO Label disc, Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem, received great critical acclaim and is one of the most popular discs on the label.

In Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), Mahler married together for the first time the lyricism of the song-cycle and the formal ambition of the symphony, describing it as ‘probably the most personal composition I have created thus far’.

This live 2011 concert recording from Royal Festival Hall features two of Britain’s finest soloists: tenor Toby Spence and mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, who is particularly renowned for her Mahler interpretations.

“it finds the tenor Toby Spence in ringing voice for the demanding Drinking Song...[Connolly] has rarely sung with such limpid beauty...Nézet-Seguin perfectly captures the yearning for lost youth and resigned acceptance of mortality that pervades Mahler’s masterpiece.” Sunday Times, 29th September 2013

“This strikes me as the real deal...The players, on top form, are participants rather than accompanists...For all that [Spence's] timbre is unmistakeably English, on CD at least he is never drowned out and there is much sensitivity too. What can there be left to say about Sarah Connolly, whose performances these days are pretty much beyond praise?” Gramophone Magazine, December 2013

“one smudged turn apart, the orchestral playing is perfect, the crucial oboe, flute and clarinet solos the best I've heard. Nezet-Seguin's vision is suitably hyperaesthetic - he is already an idiomatic Mahler conductor, so imagine what he'll be like in ten years' time.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2014 ***

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - December 2013

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