Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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Lieder by Mahler, Brahms, Schubert & Sibelius

Lieder by Mahler, Brahms, Schubert & Sibelius


Brahms:

Two songs for contralto with viola obbligato, Op. 91

Mahler:

Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)

Schubert:

Abendstern, D806

Nachtviolen D752 (Mayrhofer)

Auf der Donau, D553 (Mayrhofer)

Sibelius:

Six Songs, Op. 50


Julia Morgan (mezzo-soprano), Amanda Johnston (piano), Jody Davenport (viola)

MSR Classics - MS1402

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Boulez conducts Mahler & Berg

Boulez conducts Mahler & Berg


Berg:

Lulu-Suite (Five Symphonic Pieces) for soprano and orchestra

Anna Prohaska (soprano)

Mahler:

Das klagende Lied

Dorothea Röschmann (soprano), Anna Larsson (contralto), Johan Botha (tenor)

Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor


Pierre Boulez is an icon of today’s classical scene and closely associated with the works of Mahler.

Featuring the acclaimed Vienna Philharmonic and the chorus of the Vienna State Opera – historically connected to Mahler, Berg and Boulez.

These performances were recorded live at the opening concert of the prestigious Salzburg Festival in 2011, conceived as a tribute to Gustav Mahler, and will be released to coincide with the maestro’s 88th birthday in March.

Mahler’s 2-act Das Klagende Lied is a mythical tale of fratricide, guilt and retribution, based on stories by the Grimm brothers and Ludwig Bechstein.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“[the Mahler's] its brightly lit orchestral effects have always brought the best out of his conducting; the performance has both spaciousness and finely focused detail...The Lulu Suite is even more remarkable, for there's an emotional breadth to Boulez's approach now that just wasn't there in his earlier, pioneering performances. His balance between rigour and expressiveness exactly mirrors Berg's music” The Guardian, 14th March 2013 ****

“This new performance...is remarkable for its transparency, but Boulez has added actual drama to his mastery of Mahler's early orchestration...There's real atmosphere here...The choir, perfectly trained and singing with impeccable diction and attention to dynamics, cannot be praised highly enough. The Lulu-Suite that follows receives a marvellous reading as well...this new Boulez is a major entry.” International Record Review, May 2013

“Boulez is a splendid guide to both these scores and if you don’t mind having a foreshortened account of Das klagende Lied this disc is a compelling proposition.” MusicWeb International, 28th May 2013

“The Vienna Philharmonic strings bring dewy beauty to the late-Romantic canvas [of the Mahler], but there's little Götterdämmerung-like wildness...Boulez is more assured in the Lulu Suite: irradiating the many singable melodic strains, finding a word- and pitch-perfect soprano in Anna Prohaska” BBC Music Magazine, August 2013 ****

“Boulez's recordings become more precious the less we hear from him...Here he explores the life-stories teeming beneath the shells of two musical organisms with murder in mind” Gramophone Magazine, August 2013

“What I always like about Boulez’s recordings of Mahler is his attention to balance and texture, and this is certainly true here, with all the small details and colours impressively brought out...The singing from both chorus and soloists is really thrilling, too: the choir clearly revels in the variety of moods that Mahler’s writing offers...Every moment of this recording [of the Lulu-Suite] is exceptional.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 11th March 2013

Presto Disc of the Week

11th March 2013

DG Pierre Boulez Mahler cycle - 4779891

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Hartmut Haenchen conducts Mahler Symphonies Nos. 1 & 8

Hartmut Haenchen conducts Mahler Symphonies Nos. 1 & 8


Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 20 November 1999 (Live)

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

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

Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 10 September 2002 (Live)

Rita Cullis, Angela Maria Blasi, Ofelia Sala (soprano), Reinhild Runkel, Catherine Keen (mezzo-soprano), Glenn Winslade (tenor), John Bröcheler (baritone) & Kurt Rydl (Bass)

National Choir of the Ukraine ‘Dumka’, Ukrainian Radio Choir & Dresden Philharmonic Children’s Choir


Hartmut Haenchen was born in Dresden in 1943. He was awarded first prize at the Carl Maria von Weber Competition in that city in 1971. During the 1972–3 season he made his debut at the Berlin State Opera, directing Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. He appeared there regularly until 1986. From 1973 to 1976, Haenchen was conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic and a regular guest with the Dresden State Opera. Subsequently, he began to make regular appearances at Berlin’s Komische Oper.

In 1986, Haenchen became music director of the De Nederlandse Opera (DNO) in Amsterdam and chief conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra (NPO). His Ring cycle in Amsterdam was an outstanding success and will be revived in 2012–14. He has collaborated with La Scala, Milan, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Opéra National de Paris, and performed with orchestras throughout the world including the Berlin Philharmonic and Concertgebouw. Projects have included a Mahler cycle with the Orchestre du Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie. In October 2008 he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit of the Republic of Germany, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to music and the arts.

These recordings of Mahler’s Symphony No.1 and the massive Symphony No.8 are being released on ICA’s ‘Live’ artist series to commemorate Hartmut Haenchen’s seventieth birthday. Any recording of Mahler’s ‘Symphony of a Thousand’ is a major and rare event and this live performance in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, a venue closely associated with Mahler, is no exception. The superb digital recording captures the stupendous sound of both symphonies and in particular the huge forces employed and wide dynamic range that Mahler demands in Symphony No.8.

Haenchen’s recent live Mahler Symphony No.6 can be seen on DVD (ICAD5018): the disc won a prestigious Diapason d’or award.

ica classics Live - ICAC5094

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

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


Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 recorded under the direction of Chief conductor Fabio Luisi, Symphony No. 6.

“Luisi recognises that this work’s downbeat emotional trajectory is made more effective with plenty of light and shade...this is an affectionate, lyrical reading of a slow movement which needn’t descend into maudlin gloop.” The Arts Desk, 11th May 2013

Solo Musica Wiener Symphoniker - WS003

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Mahler: Symphony No. 9

Mahler: Symphony No. 9


DG - 4791493

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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde


“Mexican tenor Francisco Araiza may not be everyone's immediate choice for this piece, but I like the way he brings out the lyricism in Mahler's writing. He is joined by Brigitte Fassbaender, who gives us a moving account of the final movement, ably assisted by the Berlin Philharmonic and Carlo Maria Giulini.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, June 2014

DG First Choice - 4791117

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Debussy & Mahler: Mélodies de jeunesse

Debussy & Mahler: Mélodies de jeunesse


Debussy:

Rêverie

Souhait

Le Lilas

Fête galante

Nuit d'étoiles

L'Archet

Clair de lune (song)

Pierrot

Regret

La romance d'Ariel

Apparition - song (1884)

Chanson espagnole

Les Roses

Sérénade

Mahler:

Frühlingsmorgen (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Erinnerung (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Hans und Grete (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Serenade aus Don Juan (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Phantasie aus Don Juan (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Ich ging mit Lust (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Ablösung im Sommer (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Scheiden und Meiden (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Das himmlische Leben (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)


Julie Fuchs (soprano) & Alphonse Cemin (piano)

Julie Fuchs, the 26-year-old soprano from Avignon, has just won a Victoire de la Musique Classique in the 'Lyrical Revelation of the Year' category, after being hailed a Classical Revelation by the perfomers’ rights society, ADAMI and carrying off the Gabriel Dessurget prize at the 2011 Aix-en-Provence Festival. Today, roles such as Susanna in 'Figaro' or Urgande in 'Amadis de Gaule' correspond perfectly to the quality of her voice, as did the title role in 'Acis et Galatée' which she took in July 2011 for the Aix-en-Provence Festival. Over the coming decade, that voice and that stage presence will see her moving towards weightier roles, with the title role of La Traviata beckoning. She’s at the start of a big career: one to watch.

“Fuchs’ bright soprano radiates character and sensitivity. An enchanting disc.” Financial Times, 16th March 2013 ****

Aparté - AP050

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Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5

Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5


Mahler:

Symphony No. 4

Akiko Nakajima (soprano)

Symphony No. 5


King Records - KKC2035

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The Berliner Philharmoniker in Singapore (Blu-ray in 3D)

The Berliner Philharmoniker in Singapore (Blu-ray in 3D)

Recorded live at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore, 22 & 23 November 2010.


Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Rachmaninov:

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45


Spectacular filming, 3D Blu-ray release!

The Berliner Philharmoniker, one of the worlds leading orchestras, and their Artistic Director Sir Simon Rattle, are highly acclaimed all over the world. Their 2010 tour concluded with their first visit to Singapore.

The orchestra presents Mahler’s unique and breathtaking First Symphony and Rachmaninov’s late Symphonic Dances,. The Philharmonic’s beautiful rendering of Mahler’s homage to nature and Rachmaninov’s nostalgic ode to Russia is taken to a new level in this 3D recording using state-of-the-art video and audio technology.

Join Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker on a musical journey that takes the concert experience to a breathtaking new level – a feast for eyes and ears in 3D!

Picture format Blu-ray: 1080i Full HD

Sound format Blu-ray: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio Surround Sound

Region code: 0

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 120mins

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EuroArts - 2058904

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Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Mahler: Symphony No. 5


“Barbirolli’s famous 1969 version on any count is one of the greatest, most warmly affecting performances ever committed to disc, expansive, yet concentrated in feeling: the Adagietto is very moving … A classic version.’” Penguin Guide

Warner Classics Masters - 4332902

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