Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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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


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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)

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“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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Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Mahler: Symphony No. 5


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Karajan Adagio: Music To Free Your Mind

Karajan Adagio: Music To Free Your Mind


Albinoni:

Adagio for Strings and Organ in G minor

Bach, J S:

Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV1068: Air ('Air on a G String')

Bizet:

L'Arlesienne Suite No. 1: III. Adagietto

Carmen: Entr'acte to Act III (Intermezzo)

Chopin:

Les Sylphides - Nocturne

Arr. Roy Douglas

Debussy:

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Gluck:

Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Euridice): Dance of the Blessed Spirits

Grieg:

Peer Gynt: Solveig's Song

Peer Gynt: Ase's Death

Handel:

Concerto grosso, Op. 6 No. 12 in B minor, HWV330: III - Aria

Mahler:

Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor - Adagietto

Mascagni:

Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo

Massenet:

Meditation (from Thaïs)

Mozart:

Serenade No. 13 in G major, K525 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik': Romance (Andante)

Offenbach:

Barcarolle (from Les Contes d'Hoffmann )

Arranged by M. Rosenthal

Pachelbel:

Canon

Puccini:

Humming Chorus (from Madama Butterfly)

Ravel:

Pavane pour une infante défunte

Respighi:

Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 3, P. 172: III. Siciliana

Sibelius:

Valse Triste, Op. 44 No. 1

Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22: The Swan of Tuonela (No. 2)

Tchaikovsky:

Romeo & Juliet - Love Theme

Serenade for strings in C major, Op. 48: III. Élégie

Verdi:

La traviata: Prelude to Act 3

Vivaldi:

Winter from The Four Seasons (extract)

Rain

Concerto in A minor for Two Violins, RV 523: Largo

Wagner:

Mild und leise 'Isolde's Liebestod' (from Tristan und Isolde): orchestral version


Karajan Adagio is the most successful classical collection of all time with nearly 4 million units sold since 1993. It has now been re-engineered, re-titled, and newly compiled for the 21st century.

“Adagio Karajan” was the ORIGINAL CLASSICAL CHILL-OUT ALBUM. Over two-and-a-half hours of the world’s most relaxing music – from the most accomplished conductor of all time. Emphasizing classical music’s unique power in transporting the listener away from the stresses and strains of modern-day living - All over the world, consumers are searching for an escape, and the soothing sounds of “Karajan Adagio” can provide that.

“Adagio” – the literal translation is “at ease”, with a slowness, with a tranquillity, and with a longing – the perfect antidote to the relentless pace of modern global living.

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Historic Mahler & Bruckner

Historic Mahler & Bruckner


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 3 in D minor ‘Wagner Symphony'

1890 version. Live recording, 8 April 1953 from the Wiener Konzerthausgesellschaft

Mahler:

Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Original production by ORF [Austrian Radio], studio recording, 29 March 1956.

Anny Felbermayer (soprano) & Sonja Dreksler (alto)

Austrian Radio Choir


Vienna Symphony Orchestra, F.Charles Adler

A conducting student of Mahler, F. Charles Adler conducts the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in works by Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 in D minor (WAB 103) [1890 version first published by Theodor Rättig]. Live recording, 8 April 1953 from the Wiener Konzerthausgesellschaft, Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C-minor, “Resurrection,” with Anny Felbermayer, sop.; Sonja Dreksler, alto; Austrian Radio Choir. Original production by ORF [Austrian Radio], studio recording, 29 March 1956. Both recordings are previously unissued.

“the courage, enterprise and vision of musicians such as Charles Adler in presenting these scores cannot be overstated. There may be shortcomings in these performances – or, at least, shortcomings as judged by today’s standards...However, there’s also a great deal to commend these readings and they are well worth hearing. Music & Arts deserve our gratitude” MusicWeb International, 3rd May 2013

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Mahler & Wagner: Transcriptions for soprano & string quartet

Mahler & Wagner: Transcriptions for soprano & string quartet


Mahler:

Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)

Wagner:

Wesendonck-Lieder (5)

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod


Felicity Lott (soprano)

Schumann Quartet

Transcriptions which got to the heart of the sheet music’s technicality and spirit were essential to reveal its core substance. One also needed first rate musicians to transpose its rich orchestral colours. It is fair to say that listeners will find all this in this interpretation by Dame Felicity Lott and the members of the Schumann Quartet.

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A Musical Journey: Mahler Symphony No. 1 ‘Titan’

A Musical Journey: Mahler Symphony No. 1 ‘Titan’

With scenary and sights from Switzerland, Austria, Italy & Germany


Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'


The Places

The journey starts in Switzerland, in the canton of Thurgau, leading from Steckborn and the Bodensee to the Rhine Falls. From Styria, in Austria, comes Hochosterwitz Castle and from Bavaria Weikersheim Castle, the latter intercut with wild life from the Austrian Assling Nature Park. The tour ends amid the strangely shaped mountains of the Dolomites in Southern Tyrol, a region divided between Austria and Italy.

The Music

In a remarkable way Mahler, in his symphonies and songs, has seemed to reflect the world of today in all its bewildering variety and has now won an established place in concert repertoire. Distinguished as a conductor, his fame as a composer has grown over the years since his death. The music included here is Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, nick-named Titan, not for its massive power, but after the book by Jean Paul, a strong influence over earlier romantics and over Mahler at this stage in his career. The symphony breathes the spirit of the Austrian countryside, reflected in Mahler’s songs.

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Georg Solti, Vol. 7

Georg Solti, Vol. 7


Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'


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Folk Stories

Folk Stories

Songs by Beethoven, Britten & Mahler


Bartók:

Régi keserves (No. 2 from 20 Hungarian Folksongs)

Aszszonyok, aszszonyok (No. 3 from 8 Hungarian Folksongs)

Istenem, istenem (No. 2 from 8 Hungarian Folksongs)

Ha kimegyek arr' a magos tetöre (No. 5 from 8 Hungarian Folksongs)

Beethoven:

Sad and luckless, WoO 153, No. 6

The Return to Ulster, WoO 152 No. 1

Thou Emblem of Faith, WoO 152 No. 11

Come, draw we round a cheerful ring, WoO 152 No. 8

Brahms:

Marienwürmchen, Volks-Kinderlieder, No. 13

Da unten im Tale (No. 6 from Deutsche Volkslieder, WoO 33)

Britten:

The Plough Boy

O Waly, Waly

The Bonny Earl o' Moray

Il est quelqu'un sur terre

Quand j’étais chez mon père

Mahler:

Wer hat dies' Liedlein Erdacht? (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Lob des hohen Verstandes (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Respighi:

No, non è morto il figlio tuo (No. 1 from Quattro liriche - Antica poesia popolare armena)

La mamma è come il pane caldo (No. 2 from Quattro liriche - Antica poesia popolare armena)

Io sono la madre (No. 3 from Quattro liriche - Antica poesia popolare armena)

Sibelius:

Den första kyssen, Op. 37 No. 1 (Text: J.L. Runeberg)

Säf, säf, susa, Op. 36 No. 4 (Text: Gustav Fröding)

Flickan kom från sin älsklings möte, Op. 37, No. 5

trad.:

A Sprig of Thyme

Spoken folk text


Cora Burggraaf (mezzo-soprano), Simon Lepper (piano), Liza Ferschtman (violin) & Floris Mijnders (cello)

On this Hybrid SACD recording ‘Folk Stories’, young multi-award winning mezzo-soprano Cora Burggraaf is joined by the pianist Simon Lepper, cellist Floris Mijnders, and highly-regarded violinist Liza Ferschtman. The disc features folk songs and arrangements by composers ranging from Beethoven, Brahms, and Mahler to some of the most important figures of the 20th century, including Britten, Bartók, and Sibelius.

The Dutch mezzo-soprano Cora Burggraaf graduated with distinction from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague in 2002. She pursued her vocal studies in London at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio. She has been the recipient of many prizes including the 2009/2010 ECHO Rising Star Award, the 2006 Elizabeth Everts Prize, the second prize in the International Vocalist Competition Den Bosch 2004, the 2003 Maggie Teyte Prize and the Miriam Licette Scholarship. Her studies in London were funded by the Dutch Fonds voor de Podiumkunsten and the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds. In opera, Burggraaf has appeared at the Salzburg Festival, the Royal Opera House in London (for which she was named “Most Promising Newcomer of the Year” by The Observer), San Francisco Opera, Welsh National Opera, The Netherlands Opera, Garsington Opera, Opéra de Bordeaux and at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, BBC Proms and the Gergiev Festival.

“The essence of folk song is outward simplicity: this disc is a wide-ranging selection of arrangements and originals, performed with artful directness.” Sunday Times, 3rd February 2013

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