Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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Mahler: Symphony No. 3 in D minor

Mahler: Symphony No. 3 in D minor

1893-96, revised 1906, K.H. Füssl Edition

Recorded Live Concertgebouw Amsterdam on 3-5 February 2010


Bernarda Fink (mezzo soprano)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Choir, Boys of the Breda Sacrament Choir & Rijnmond Boys’ Choir, Mariss Jansons

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is steadfastly progressing with its Mahler cycle under the direction of its chief conductor Mariss Jansons. Following the releases of the First, Second, Fifth and Sixth Symphonies, the orchestra now turns its attention to the Third Symphony. Jansons and his Amsterdam-based orchestra performed the Symphonies Nos. 2, 3 and 8 in the 2009–11 seasons as part of the full, chronological series of performances given by the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Gustav Mahler’s symphonies to commemorate his 150th birthday and the 100th anniversary of his death. The series is being performed under the direction of various conductors. Jansons stands out in these performances with an astonishing ear for the minutest of details. Jansons possesses the ability to integrate all into the virtually infinite overarching climaxes that can make listening to Mahler’s symphonies such an exciting experience.

“Everything about the shape, pacing and grandeur of Mr. Jansons’s account suggested that he and his players took Mahler’s grand design to heart. While individual details may seem beside the point, it was hard not to be awed by the solidity of the horn playing in the expansive, exposed line that introduces the work. And the shapely offstage posthorn solos in the third movement, to say nothing of the solo string and woodwind lines that emerge throughout the score, provided an appealing counterweight to the high-impact full ensemble playing. The strings, particularly in Mr. Jansons’s plangent reading of the finale, were rich-toned and supple, qualities matched by the remarkably focused woodwind and brass sections. And given Mahler’s penchant for explosive climactic writing (as often in midmovement as in his endings), the ensemble’s percussionists were in their element.” New York Times

“there's much to admire about the sophisticated Concertgebouw colouration, and how well it words in the fabulous hall as recorded here. You know you're in good company as the eight horns bellow into resonant space at the start. Muted trumpets cut like a knife.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2011 ****

“the RCO brass and string majesty remains a thing of wonder. Bernarda Fink brings real gravitas and weight to the Nietzsche text and, with the finale on the horizon, Jansons keeps it simple: let the music do the work; clear contours, deftly articulated.” Classic FM Magazine, September 2011 ****

“Tuning and ensemble are close to ideal throughout, the brass playing, particularly from the horns, is a continuous joy, the strings are lush and opulent, and the woodwind solos are all distinctive...What makes Jansons' reading distinctive is the rubato he introduces into the second and third movements...The orchestra are on top form, and the superior audio works to everybody's benefit.” Gavin Dixon, Classical Review, May 2011

“Quiet dynamic marking are scrupulously heeded, lending a Humperdinckian charm to its revels and linking the symphony to the German Wald, the lost world of magic and unreality...The Wunderhorn allusions in the third movement (to donkeys and asses of all species) are deliciously pointed, gracefully eliding their sardonic textual commentary.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2011

“Jansons is a fine guide to this elemental score and this is an account to stand alongside previous Concertgebouw readings: a richly rewarding listen.” International Record Review, July/August 2011

“for sheer magic of recording technique this RCO issue takes some beating. Jansons demands a pianissimo that’s almost inaudible but such is the quality of the recording that every note is clear. The ferocity of parts of the first movement is complemented by the hushed rapture of the Adagio. The mezzo soloist is the marvellous Bernarda Fink, and the three choirs help make this an outstanding interpretatation.” Sunday Telegraph, 29th May 2011 *****

“No orchestra has a greater Mahler pedigree than the Concertgebouw...In terms of sound and playing, this version of the Third Symphony, from concerts last year under the orchestra's current chief, Mariss Jansons, is as good as any...With Jansons, everything is just a bit too well manicured: every phrase perfectly weighted, every texture polished until it gleams.” The Guardian, 4th August 2011 ***

“The opening movement is an epic in itself, and Jansons leads a magnificent performance of it; spacious and mysterious and yet taut...Bernarda Fink is tremendous” The Telegraph, 2nd June 2011 ***

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Mahler: Symphony No. 1

Mahler: Symphony No. 1


Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Lorin Maazel

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Musikverein Vienna 1952

Alfred Poell (baritone)

Vienna Philharmonic, Wilhelm Furtwängler


This performance was recorded on 11th September 1960. The bonus is Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, conducted by Furtwängler in the Musikverein Vienna on 30th November 1952.

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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde


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Mahler, Wagner & Wolf: Lieder

Mahler, Wagner & Wolf: Lieder


Mahler:

Kindertotenlieder

Wagner:

Wesendonck-Lieder (5)

Wolf, H:

In der Frühe (No. 24 from Mörike-Lieder)

Denk es, o Seele! (No. 39 from Mörike-Lieder)

Wo find'ich Trost? (No. 31 from Mörike-Lieder)


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Zubin Mehta & The Israel Philharmonic (Live Recordings 1963-2006)

Zubin Mehta & The Israel Philharmonic (Live Recordings 1963-2006)


Beethoven:

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

1975

Berg:

3 Wozzeck-Fragments

1992

Stella Richmond (soprano)

Bloch, E:

Schelomo

1990

Mischa Maisky (cello)

Brahms:

Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

2000

Marjana Lipovšek (mezzo)

Prague Philharmonic Choir

Schicksalslied, Op. 54

1972

Scottish National Orchestra Chorus

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

1977

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

1971

Pinchas Zukerman (violin)

Double Concerto for Violin & Cello in A minor, Op. 102

1986

Isaac Stern (violin) & Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 9 in D Minor

1963

Dorman:

Spices, Perfumes, Toxins!

2006

PercaDu (marimba and percussion)

Dvorak:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

1971

Itzhak Perlman (violin)

Three Slavonic Dances, Op. 72

1996

Elgar:

Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61

1982

Yehudi Menuhin (violin)

Holst:

The Planets, Op. 32

1986

Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125

1996

Yefim Bronfman (piano)

Mahler:

Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)

1996

Marjana Lipovšek (mezzo)

Mozart:

Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Overture

1986

Concerto for Three Pianos & Orchestra, K242

1987

Arie Vardi, Yefim Bronfman & Radu Lupu (pianos)

Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola & Orchestra in E flat major, K364

1968

Chaim Taub (violin) & Daniel Benyamini (viola)

Prokofiev:

Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63

1975

Isaac Stern (violin)

Rachmaninov:

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

1987

Alicia de Larrocha (piano)

Rossini:

La scala di seta Overture

1977

Saint-Saëns:

Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33

1986

Lyn Harrell (cello)

Schoenberg:

Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4

2006

Schubert:

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

1996

Sheriff:

Festival Preludes

1996

Strauss, R:

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

1996

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

1997

Tal:

Symphony No. 2

1983

Verdi:

La forza del destino Overture

1986

Requiem

Live recording, July 1968, Bethlehem

Martina Arroyo (soprano), Shirley Verrett (mezzo), Richard Tucker (tenor) & Bonaldo Giaiotti (bass)

The Tel-Aviv Philharmonic Choir

Vivaldi:

Concerto, Op. 3 No. 8 'Con due Violini obligati', RV 522

1996

Itzhak Perlman & Pinchas Zukerman (violins)

Zeisl:

Requiem Ebraico (The 92nd Psalm) for soli and mixed choir, organ and orchestra

2006

Sharon Rostorf-Zamir (soprano), Bracha Kol (mezzo) & David Bizic (baritone)

The Philharmonia Singers

plus:

Tzvi AVNI Programme Music 1983; Joseph KAMINSKY Symphonic Overture 1982


"The past 40 seasons has gone by like a flash and I wish I could do it all over again, alas not much time remains but I can assure all my colleagues of the orchestra and my enduring Israeli public that I shall give it my best shot until I am 120!! - Weh ist mir!!” Zubin Mehta

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The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra: 70th Anniversary Essential Recordings

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra: 70th Anniversary Essential Recordings


Bartók:

Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123, Sz.116

1976

Zubin Mehta

Beethoven:

Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60

1975

Rafael Kubelik

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 'Emperor'

1979

Radu Lupu (piano)

Zubin Mehta

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

1998

Pinchas Zukerman (violin)

Zubin Mehta

Fidelio Overture Op. 72c

1962

Lorin Maazel

Ben-Haim:

Capriccio for piano and orchestra

1960

Pnina Salzman (piano)

Carlo Maria Giulini

Berlioz:

Harold en Italie, Op. 16

1975

Daniel Benyamini

Zubin Mehta

Bernstein:

Chichester Psalms

1978

Leonard Bernstein

Bloch, E:

Schelomo

1968

Janos Starker

Zubin Mehta

Brahms:

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

1976

Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

Zubin Mehta

Dvorak:

Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70

1972

Zubin Mehta

Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

1962

Julius Katchen (piano)

Istvan Kertesz

Hindemith:

Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber

1991

Leonard Bernstein

Mahler:

Symphony No. 4 in G major

1979

Zubin Mehta

Massenet:

Four Pieces from Le Cid - Ballet music

1958

Jean Martinon

Mendelssohn:

Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Op. 27

1954

Paul Kletzki

Hebrides Overture, Op. 26

1979

Leonard Bernstein

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

1979

Leonard Bernstein

Mozart:

Symphony No. 41 in C major, K551 'Jupiter'

1975

Josef Krips

Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Overture

1986

Zubin Mehta

Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K595

1972

Daniel Barenboim (piano)

Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola & Orchestra in E flat major, K364

1982

Itzhak Perlman & Pinchas Zukerman

Zubin Mehta

Rimsky Korsakov:

Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34

1980

Zubin Mehta

Saint-Saëns:

Introduction & Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28

1988

Shlomo Mintz

Zubin Mehta

Schubert:

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485

1958

Sir Georg Solti

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

1977

Zubin Mehta

Schumann:

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

2003

Kurt Masur

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120

2003

Kurt Masur

Smetana:

The Bartered Bride Overture

1962

Istvan Kertesz

Má Vlast: Vltava

1962

Istvan Kertesz

Stravinsky:

The Firebird Suite

1984

Leonard Bernstein

Tchaikovsky:

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

1979

Zubin Mehta

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

1990

Itzhak Perlman (violin)

Zubin Mehta

trad.:

Hatikvah

(Israel’s National Anthem)

Philharmonia Singers & The Ankor Children, Zubin Mehta

Verdi:

La traviata: Prelude to Act 1

1978

Zubin Mehta

Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons

1982

Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, Shlomo Mintz & Itzhak Perlman

Zubin Mehta

Weber:

Oberon Overture

1978

Zubin Mehta


“The IPO has recorded a significant repertoire of masterworks during the years. In this special anniversary tribute album, you can find a representative selection of some of the orchestra's best recordings of the last 50 years. In its 70th anniversary (which is also my 70th birthday), I would like to wish the orchestra and all music lovers many years of great music of the highest possible standard." Zubin Mehta

Helicon - 02-9614

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Presto 2

Presto 2


Bach, J S:

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

Barber, S:

Adagio for Strings, Op. 11

Bizet:

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

Brahms:

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Charpentier, M-A:

Overture Te Deum

Chopin:

Prelude Op. 28 No. 20 in C minor

Philippe Giusiano (piano)

Étude Op. 10 No. 3 in E major 'Tristesse'

Philippe Giusiano (piano)

Elgar:

Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D major, Op. 39 No. 1

Grieg:

Peer Gynt Suites Nos. 1 & 2

Handel:

Sarabande

Liszt:

Ständchen

Brigitte Engerer

Lully:

Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs

Mahler:

Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor - Adagietto

Mozart:

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

Prokofiev:

Romeo and Juliet: Dance of the Knights

Rachmaninov:

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

Philippe Bianconi (piano)

Ravel:

Boléro

Schubert:

Piano Quintet in A major, D667 'The Trout'

Esther Brayer & Jean-Frédéric Neuburger

Quatuor Ebène

Ständchen 'Leise flehen meine Lieder', D957 No. 4

Brigitte Engerer

Tchaikovsky:

Swan Lake (Prelude)

Vivaldi:

Nisi Dominus (Psalm 126), RV608

with Carlos Mena


Pierre Charvet (presenter)

Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth

PRESTO 2 is written and presented by Pierre Charvet, of FRANCE5, where Presto is a regular TV programme designed to familiarise viewers with classical music.

Directed by François-René Martin, of Mirare, Presto uses split-screen technology and graphic animation by Gregoire Pont, to illustrate four centuries of music, played by François Xavier Roth and his orchestra Les Siècles.

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Bel Air Classiques - BAC058

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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'


Ricarda Merbeth (soprano), Elza van den Heever (soprano), Elisabeta Marin (soprano), Stella Grigorian (alto), Jane Henschel (alto), Johan Botha (tenor), Boaz Daniel (baritone) & Kwangchoul Youn (bass)

Wiener Singakademie, Vienna Boys Choir, Slowakischer Philharmonischer Chor & ORF-Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bertrand de Billy

This CD is a live recording of a concert in March 2010, given in the Vienna Konzerthaus. It is particularly attractive due to the outstanding group of soloists, which includes Johan Botha, Jane Henschel and Kwangchoul Young. Bertrand de Billy also proves his ability to ring out the finest, subtlest music-making from even the largest orchestral and choral bodies.

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Mitropoulos conducts Mahler

Mitropoulos conducts Mahler


Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Recorded on 9th January 1960 at Carnegie Hall

Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra

Symphony No. 3 in D minor

Recorded on 15th April 1956 at Carnegie Hall

Beatrice Krebs (contralto)

Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra

Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

Recorded on 2nd January 1960 at Carnegie Hall

Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra

Symphony No. 6 in A minor 'Tragic'

Recorded on 31st August 1959

WDR Symphony Orchestra

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

Recorded on 28th August 1960 at the Salzburg Festival

Mimi Coertse, Hilde Zadek (sopranos), Lucretia West, Ira Malaniuk (contraltos), Giuseppe Zampieri (tenor), Hermann Prey (baritone), Otto Edelmann (bass)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Wiener Sängerknaben, Wiener Staatsopernchor

Symphony No. 9 in D major

Recorded on 23rd January 1960 at Carnegie Hall

Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra

Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major - Adagio

Recorded on 17th January 1960

Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra


This set has been reissued by popular demand. It was originally offered as a belated tribute on the centenary of Dimitri Mitropoulos’ birth and presents some of his finest performance of Mahler. The original release received excellent reviews: “This is a fabulous collection: an orgy of great music interpreted greatly.” Fanfare. Included are Mahler’s Symphonies Nos. 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10.

Technical reconstruction by Maggie Payne

“The playing has a lacerating intensity...in rhythmic incisiveness and clarity of texture, in fluidity of tempo, in naked emotional power, he is an ideal Mahler conductor.” Sunday Times

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Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor


This recording was made in Leipzig on 3rd November 1948.

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