Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell


Barber, S:

Agnus Dei

Brahms:

Gesänge (3) for six-part mixed choir, Op. 42

Bruckner:

Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohl…

Holten:

Schall und Rauch und Rosenstrauch

Mahler:

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

arr. Clytus Gottwald

Nørgård:

Wiigen-Lied

Schoenberg:

Friede auf Erden, Op. 13


Chorus sine nomine, Johannes Hiemetsberger

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Hermann Prey – Arias & Songs

Hermann Prey – Arias & Songs


Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV56 'Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen'

Mahler:

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Mozart:

Bravo, signor padrone…Se vuol ballare (from Le nozze di Figaro)

Non piu andrai, farfallone amoroso (from Le Nozze di Figaro)

Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo (from Così fan tutte)

Donne mie la fate a tanti (from Così fan tutte)

Fin ch'han dal vino (from Don Giovanni)

Deh! vieni alla finestra (from Don Giovanni)

Der Vogelfänger bin ich, ja (from Die Zauberflöte)

Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen (from Die Zauberflöte)

Rossini:

Largo al factotum (from Il barbiere di Siviglia)

Sung in German

Schubert:

Wo find ich nur den Ort (from Alfonso und Estrella, D732)


Hermann Prey (baritone)

Hermann Prey has delighted opera audiences with his humour and the way he is able to bring characters to life. His lyric baritone voice is both noble and mellow. This CD presents him in some of his classic roles, including Figaro and Papageno.

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Elisabeth Schwarzkopf in Strasbourg 1960

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf in Strasbourg 1960


Mahler:

Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Ich atmet' einen linden Duft (Rückert-Lieder)

Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (Rückert-Lieder)

Recorded on 29th May 1960 in Vienna

Wiener Philharmoniker, Bruno Walter

Schubert:

An die Musik D547

Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D774

Fischerweise, D881 (Schlechta)

Rosamunde, D797: Romance 'Der Vollmond Strahlt auf Bergeshöh'n'

Liebe schwarmt auf allen Wegen, D239 No. 6 (Goethe)

Der Einsame, D800

Seligkeit D433 (Holty)

Du bist die Ruh D776 (Rückert)

Strauss, R:

Freundliche Vision, Op. 48 No. 1

Ruhe, meine Seele!, Op. 27 No. 1

Zueignung, Op. 10 No. 1

Schlechtes Wetter, Op. 69 No. 5

Wolf, H:

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

St Nepomuks Vorabend (No. 20 from Goethe-Lieder)

Gebet; Nun lass uns Frieden schliessen

In dem Schatten meiner Locken (No. 2 from Spanisches Liederbuch: Weltliche Lieder)

Wiegenlied im Sommer (from Sechs Lieder für eine Frauenstimme)

Geh' Geliebter, geh' jetzt (No. 34 from Spanisches Liederbuch: Weltliche Lieder)

Mausfallen-Sprüchlein (from Lieder für eine Frauenstimme)


Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano) & Jacqueline Bonneau (piano)

The legendary Elisabeth Schwarzkopf performs a recital of songs (recorded on 15th June) by Schubert, Wolf and Richard Strauss. The bonus is three songs by Mahler, performed with the Vienna Philharmonic, also recorded in 1960.

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Romantica: Works for Violin & Organ

Romantica: Works for Violin & Organ


Bossi, M E:

Adagio

Karg-Elert:

Sanctus for violin & organ, Op. 48B No. 1

Mahler:

Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor - Adagietto

trans. for violin and organ

Ravanello:

Sonata

Reger:

Romanze

Rheinberger:

Pieces (6) for violin and organ, Op. 150


César Velev (violin) & Dominico Severin (organ)

This is an unusual combination of instruments, yet all except two of the works in this recital (a Romanze by Reger and an arrangement of Mahler’s Adagietto) are original ones. Many of these composers were known for their concert organ works.

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Klaus Tennstedt conducts Mahler Symphonies

Klaus Tennstedt conducts Mahler Symphonies


Mahler:

Symphonies 1-9 (complete)

Symphony No. 2: Edith Mathis (soprano), Doris Soffel (mezzo); Symphony No. 3: Ortrun Wenkel (alto); Symphony No. 4: Lucia Popp (soprano); Symphony No. 8: Elizabeth Connell (Magna Peccatrix), Edith Wiens (Una Poenitentium), Felicity Lott (Mater Gloriosa), Trudeliese Schmidt (Mulier Samaritana), Nadine Denize (Maria Aegyptiaca), Richard Versalle (Doctor Marianus), Jorma Hynninen (Pater Ecstaticus), Hans Sotin (Pater Profundus)

London Philharmonic Choir, Tiffin School Boys’ Choir, Southend Boys Chorus

Das Lied von der Erde

Agnes Baltsa (mezzo), Klaus König (tenor)

Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major - Adagio


Klaus Tennstedt was born on 6th June 1926 in Merseburg a small Saxon town between Leipzig and Halle. He was a highly talented violinist and followed his father into the Halle Opera orchestra of which he was made leader whilst still in his teens. He also studied in Dresden and as a member of the fire brigade was detailed to dig bodies out of the rubble after the city was blitzed in 1944. A solo career awaited him but a growth on his left hand brutally cut this short at the age of 19 but, after months of depression, he emerged as the opera’s repetiteur. He naturally watched conductors but was not given an opportunity to try until, at an hour’s notice, he took over a performance.

The experience galvanised him to seek this path as a career but his refusal to join the Communist Party ensured that he was limited to poorer opera houses. In his mid-30’s he went to Berlin seeking a chance to defect, but it was not until March 1971, aged 44, when he was allowed to conduct in Gothenburg. The freedom in the West did not give him many major opportunities either; however the offer of the musical directorship of the Kiel Opera was offered and accepted. A manager from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra heard him and duly invited him to Canada.

A chance stand-in engagement in Boston conducting Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony was met with such ecstatic reviews and audience enthusiasm that he was offered dates with the finest orchestras. He was 48 and after his years spent in provincial theatres this sudden fame and fortune must have been overwhelming for such a sensitive man. Luckily for the musical world he then discovered the composer whose music would make his career; a composer who like himself, suffered from self-doubt: Gustav Mahler. He had had no chance to hear any of his music during his student years as it had been banned by the Nazis.

He was uniquely able to identify with Mahler’s life-and-death struggles and the shear intensity that he brought to the performances made them unforgettable. It could be argued that his concerts provided the stimulus for the major record companies to change their policy of recording exclusively in the studio to one of taping live and relying on careful editing to remove any blemishes.

His repertoire was far from limited to Mahler – the romantics from Beethoven to Richard Strauss all received thoroughly detailed and considered readings.

He was popular too with soloists – his experience as a repetiteur and soloist gave him an unique understanding of what they needed in an accompanist.

Everything seemed to be set fair but the angst that he would, like Mahler, die prematurely proved correct for in his 60th year throat cancer struck. Initially he was able to continue conducting if at a reduced pace, but gradually the disease took its awful toll. His final engagement was in Oxford where he rehearsed the University orchestra before receiving an honorary doctorate in June 1994.

It is highly appropriate that Klaus Tennstedt’s career should be reassessed in 2011 as it is the year that not only marks the centenary of Mahler’s death but also what would have been the year of Tennstedt’s 85th birthday.

“Tennstedt's Mahler is of the old school; no "Mahler lite" here...His tempi are indeed often slow but by no means necessarily the slowest in comparison with other successful versions and his sense of the music's architecture invariably means that he eschews any tendency to drag...a wonderful testament to the devotion to Mahler of a conductor who came late to the composer but brought to his music the mature fruits of his own mental and bodily suffering.” MusicWeb International, August 2011

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Klaus Tennstedt: The Great EMI Recordings

Klaus Tennstedt: The Great EMI Recordings


Beethoven:

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

The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op. 43

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

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

Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

Fidelio Overture Op. 72c

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Brahms:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Schicksalslied, Op. 54

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

Dvorak:

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'

Kodály:

Háry János, Op. 15

Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Mendelssohn:

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

Mussorgsky:

A Night on the Bare Mountain

Prokofiev:

Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60

Schubert:

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

Schumann:

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 'Rhenish'

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120

Konzertstück for four horns, Op. 86

Strauss, R:

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30

Don Juan, Op. 20

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

Wagner:

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Death & Funeral March

Das Rheingold: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla

Siegfried: Waldweben

Leb wohl, du kühnes, herrliches Kind! (from Die Walküre)

Tannhäuser: Overture

Rienzi Overture

Lohengrin: Preludes to Acts 1 & 3

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture


Klaus Tennstedt was born on 6th June 1926 in Merseburg a small Saxon town between Leipzig and Halle. He was a highly talented violinist and followed his father into the Halle Opera orchestra of which he was made leader whilst still in his teens. He also studied in Dresden and as a member of the fire brigade was detailed to dig bodies out of the rubble after the city was blitzed in 1944. A solo career awaited him but a growth on his left hand brutally cut this short at the age of 19 but, after months of depression, he emerged as the opera’s repetiteur. He naturally watched conductors but was not given an opportunity to try until, at an hour’s notice, he took over a performance.

The experience galvanised him to seek this path as a career but his refusal to join the Communist Party ensured that he was limited to poorer opera houses. In his mid-30’s he went to Berlin seeking a chance to defect, but it was not until March 1971, aged 44, when he was allowed to conduct in Gothenburg. The freedom in the West did not give him many major opportunities either; however the offer of the musical directorship of the Kiel Opera was offered and accepted. A manager from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra heard him and duly invited him to Canada.

A chance stand-in engagement in Boston conducting Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony was met with such ecstatic reviews and audience enthusiasm that he was offered dates with the finest orchestras. He was 48 and after his years spent in provincial theatres this sudden fame and fortune must have been overwhelming for such a sensitive man. Luckily for the musical world he then discovered the composer whose music would make his career; a composer who like himself, suffered from self-doubt: Gustav Mahler. He had had no chance to hear any of his music during his student years as it had been banned by the Nazis.

He was uniquely able to identify with Mahler’s life-and-death struggles and the shear intensity that he brought to the performances made them unforgettable. It could be argued that his concerts provided the stimulus for the major record companies to change their policy of recording exclusively in the studio to one of taping live and relying on careful editing to remove any blemishes.

His repertoire was far from limited to Mahler – the romantics from Beethoven to Richard Strauss all received thoroughly detailed and considered readings.

He was popular too with soloists – his experience as a repetiteur and soloist gave him an unique understanding of what they needed in an accompanist.

Everything seemed to be set fair but the angst that he would, like Mahler, die prematurely proved correct for in his 60th year throat cancer struck. Initially he was able to continue conducting if at a reduced pace, but gradually the disease took its awful toll. His final engagement was in Oxford where he rehearsed the University orchestra before receiving an honorary doctorate in June 1994.

It is highly appropriate that Klaus Tennstedt’s career should be reassessed in 2011 as it is the year that not only marks the centenary of Mahler’s death but also what would have been the year of Tennstedt’s 85th birthday.

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Dimitri Mitropoulos conducts Debussy & Mahler

Dimitri Mitropoulos conducts Debussy & Mahler


Debussy:

La Mer

Saal 1, Funkhaus, Cologne, 24 October 1960

Mahler:

Symphony No. 3 in D minor

Saal 1, Funkhaus, Cologne, 31 October 1960

Lucretia West (contralto)


Dimitri Mitropoulos (1896–1960), a most distinguished Mahlerian, was one of the great conductors of his generation, the music director of the New York Philharmonic and a frequent guest conductor of the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics as well as La Scala, Milan.

This Cologne performance of Mahler’s Symphony No.3 from 31 October 1960 is the only complete performance of the work conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos, the only other being his 1956 broadcast with the New York Philharmonic which is distorted by cuts and amendments.

It is the only officially released recording of Mitropoulos’s performance and together with Debussy’s La Mer, is sourced from WDR’s own master tapes.

The Cologne concert took place two days before Mitropoulos’s death in Milan on 2 November 1960. The set is completed by Mitropoulos’s outstanding interpretation of Debussy’s La Mer. A worthy document of a great condutor.

SAMPLE TRACK Mahler: Symphony No.3 - 1st Movement

“These performances, taken from 1960 radio broadcasts, were the last Mitropoulos gave. During the symphony’s huge first movement, he suffered a heart attack; and, though he went on conducting, he died two days later... Yet this account is still fine enough to reveal his mastery of Mahler and his rapport with the Cologne orchestra, shown also in a brilliant, mercurial La Mer.” Sunday Times, 8th May 2011 **

“part of the fascination of this 1960 live performance is hearing the Cologne orchestra tackle what was then very unfamiliar repertoire. The playing is occasionally rough and imprecise, but it’s also wonderfully exciting. Mitropoulos seamlessly knits the kaleidoscopic first movement together, the trombone solo raw and passionate, the marching band sections rowdy but tightly controlled.” Graham Rickson, The Arts Desk, 4th June 2011

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Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1-7

Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1-7

Recorded live at the Concert Hall of the Culture and Convention Centre Lucerne, 2003-2009


Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'

Eteri Gvazava (soprano) & Anna Larson (mezzo)

Orféon Donosiarra

Symphony No. 3 in D minor

Anna Larsson (contralto)

Arnold Schoenberg Choir Vienna & Tölzer Knabenchor

Symphony No. 4 in G major

Magdalena Kožená (mezzo-soprano)

Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

Symphony No. 6 in A minor 'Tragic'

Symphony No. 7 in E minor


Claudio Abbado was undeniably the supreme Mahler conductor of our time. With his Lucerne Festival Orchestra he has set new standards in the field of classical music, especially in the interpretation of works by Gustav Mahler.

The core of the orchestra is provided by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, itself an élite body of players. Soloists like violinist Kolja Blacher, clarinettist Sabine Meyer, oboist Albrecht Mayer, violist Wolfram Christ, cellist Natalia Gutman, the Hagen Quartet and members of the Alban Berg Quartet to name just a few, make the Lucerne Festival Orchestra a star-studded ensemble.

The DVDs and Blu-ray Discs of Claudio Abbado's Mahler symphonies recordings Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 have already proven to be true Best-sellers. On the occasion of Mahler's 100. Anniversary of Death (May 18), EuroArts will release a luxurious 4 Blu-ray Box set, including the Mahler Symphonies Nos. 1-7 with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Claudio Abbado.

Packaging: Digipack in Slipcase with 72 pages Booklet

Blu-ray Disc 1: Mahler: Symphony Nos. 1 & 2; Blu-ray Disc 2: Mahler: Symphony Nos. 3 & 4; Blu-ray Disc 3: Mahler: Symphony Nos. 5 & 6; Blu-ray Disc 4: Mahler: Symphony No. 7

An aficionado must-have!

“It’s different having best friends together. Everyone is there to enjoy making music, to take pleasure, to play with enthusiasm, with passion. They are prepared to do any crazy thing I ask them for the sake of the music. To fly, to walk through fire.” Claudio Abbado

“Has there ever been a suaver, more transparent Mahler performance or one in which everything stays so beautifully in tune? ... Abbado’s music-making is a celebration of the purest joy.” The Gramophone Magazine

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Subtitles:: English, German, French (Italian, Spanish)

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 550 mins

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Mahler: Symphony No. 7 in E minor

Mahler: Symphony No. 7 in E minor

Recorded live at the Concert Hall of the Culture and Convention Centre Lucerne, 17/18 August 2005


Claudio Abbado is undeniably the supreme Mahler conductor of our time.

The Lucerne Festival Orchestra has set new standards in the field of classical music.

The core of the orchestra is provided by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, itself an élite body of players. Soloists like violinist Kolja Blacher, clarinettist Sabine Meyer, oboist Albrecht Mayer, violist Wolfram Christ, cellist Natalia Gutman, the Hagen Quartet and members of the Alban Berg Quartet to name just a few, make the Lucerne Festival Orchestra a star-studded ensemble.

Claudio Abbado is undeniably a supreme Mahler conductor and his best selling recordings with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra – symphonies No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 (on Blu-ray No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6) have already been released on EuroArts – have set new standards in interpretation of works by Gustav Mahler. Also the complete cycle of Symphonies Nos 1 – 7 is available as a Blu-ray disc box-set.

“It’s different having best friends together. Everyone is there to enjoy making music, to take pleasure, to play with enthusiasm, with passion. They are prepared to do any crazy thing I ask them for the sake of the music. To fly, to walk through fire.” Claudio Abbado

“Has there ever been a suaver, more transparent Mahler performance or one in which everything stays so beautifully in tune? ... Abbado’s music-making is a celebration of the purest joy.” The Gramophone Magazine

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Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 78 mins

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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde


2011 is also a Mahler anniversary year – we commemorate the 100th anniversary of his death on 18 May. In conjunction with this anniversary we present a treasure from the archives: the Wunderlich / Fischer-Dieskau Das Lied von der Erde.

Mahler’s great symphony of six songs on texts from an anthology of Chinese poetry was composed in summer 1908 – a period of anxiety and grief for the composer. The work celebrates the pleasures of wine and beauty and the joys of friendship, culminating in the overwhelming Abschied, a movement lasting half an hour, in which the poet takes farewell from his friend and from life.

Our CD is a live recording of a sold-out concert from the Vienna Festival, given at the Musikverein there on 14 June 1964, with tenor and baritone soloists. Josef Krips conducts the Wiener Symphoniker.

It is being released for the first time, using a unique source in the Krips family archive, a copy of the original ORF (Austrian Radio) tape, which is no longer to be found. Faithfully restored by the expert engineers at the Emil Berliner Studios in Berlin, it is a marvel of singing from the two great soloists, who were both closely associated with this great work.

Booklet notes by Thomas Voigt fill out the story with recollections from Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Harrietta Krips, the conductor’s widow; illustrations include extracts from the original concert programme booklet and newspaper cuttings of the time. Full sung texts and translations included (German, English, French).

“in this previously unreleased recording we are held spellbound...[by] the Fischer-Dieskau of the mid 1960s, subtly shading his dynamics and tone, I can’t say the alto voice is much missed...with Wunderlich’s tenor there’s always a special bounce — a sparkle, too, which is admirably suited to the lighter songs here...Krips and the Wiener Symphoniker swiftly uncover Mahler’s Central European lilt.” The Times, 6th May 2011 ****

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