Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

arr. Schoenberg


Jane Irwin (mezzo-soprano) & Peter Wedd (tenor)

Manchester Camerata, Douglas Boyd

Manchester Camerata, conducted by Douglas Boyd and joined by mezzo-soprano Jane Irwin and tenor Peter Wedd, give a vivid and memorable performance of Schoenberg’s chamber transcription of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde.

Last year’s Mahler in Manchester festival was “A sensory experience like no other,” according to The Sunday Times, not least for the Manchester Camerata’s revelatory performance of Das Lied von der Erde in the scaled-down chamber version by Schoenberg.

The poignancy of Mahler’s “Song of the Earth” is highlighted by the reduced forces: just 16 performers, including the distinctive chimes of harmonium, celeste and piano. The chamber arrangement came about through Schoenberg’s Vienna-based Association for Private Musical Performances, founded in 1918. Dedicated to exploring new music but short of funds, they made a number of chamber versions of larger works, of which Das Lied was one. Conducted by Douglas Boyd, Manchester Camerata's performance of this transcription loses nothing of the astonishing sonic allure of the original – an ideal memento of an enlightening festival celebrating the music of Mahler.

“[The arrangement] works remarkably well...This performance under the greatly gifted Douglas Boyd is impressive...in this recording many interesting details come to light, and the soloists are both fine, without being overtaxed in the way that almost everyone is in the full orchestral version.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2011 ****

“Manchester Camerata's nuanced, expertly balanced performance imbues the many oriental inflections with vivid brightness...Wedd meets head-one the high-lying heldentenor challenges of 'Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde'. His strong tenor is commanding and intense in the vigorous animated passages, and equally arresting in the softer moments. A fresh-sounding interpretation awash with dramatic and tonal colour.” Classic FM Magazine, September 2011 ****

“Schoenberg and Riehn make full use of the array of colours at their command. The tenor Peter Wedd, though powerful, shows himself capable of tender intimacy, while the mezzo Jane Irwin gives a moving account of the final Der Abschied. The Camerata play with distinction under the intelligent shaping of Douglas Boyd.” Sunday Times, 4th September 2011

“even in chamber dress, mezzo-soprano Jane Irwin and the Manchester team capture its progress from objective narration to personal vision with rapt and compelling intensity...The arrangement undoubtedly takes on a life of its own. It refracts this great masterwork through a different prism lending its own special insights, and this performance is a comprehensive realization of its considerable merits.” International Record Review, November 2011

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Jan Derksen: Un Giubileo Immaginario

Jan Derksen: Un Giubileo Immaginario


Berg:

Wozzeck (highlights)

Recorded on 16th November 1973

Jan Derksen (Wozzeck), Maralin Niska (Marie), Jan Blinkhof (Tambourmajor), Rene Claassen (Andres), Matti Juhani (Hauptmann), Pieter van den Berg (Doktor), Inge Frohlich (Margret)

Nederlands Operakoor Radio Philharmonisch Orkest, Michael Gielen

Bizet:

Carmen: excerpts

Recorded on 19th February 1979

Cora Canne Meyer (Carmen), 'Ion Buzea (Don Jose), Jan Derksen (Escamillo)

Utrecht Symphony Orchestra, Kees Bakels

Donizetti:

Lucia di Lammermoor (excerpts)

Recorded on 1st January 1973

Sonja Poot (Lucia), Jan Derksen (Enrico)

Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, John Matheson

Lucia di Lammermoor (excerpts)

Recorded on 26th September 1975

Cristina Deutekom (Lucia), Jan Derksen (Enrico)

Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Carlo Franci

Lucia di Lammermoor (excerpts)

Recorded on 5th May 1982

Joan Sutherland (Lucia), Jan Derksen (Enrico), Adriaan van Limpt (Edgardo)

Nederlands Operakoor, Omroeporkest, Richard Bonynge

Loevendie:

Naima: excerpts

Recorded on 12th June 1985

Jan Derksen (Hunchback), Jard van Nes (Naima)

Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Lucas Vis

Mahler:

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Recorded on 24th June 1973

Omroeporkest, Hubert Soudant

Maillart:

Ne vous montrez pas, femmes, veuves ou filles (from Les Dragons de Villars)

Recorded in 1961

Jan Dirksen (Thibaut), Sophia van Sante (Georgette)

Omroepkoor, Omroeporkest, Albert Wolff

Messager:

Fortunio: excerpts

Elly Ameling (Jacqueline), Jan Derksen (Clavaroche), Hans Wilbrink (Landry), Jos Burcksen (Maitre Andre)

Omroepkoor, Omroeporkest, Albert Wolff

Mozart:

Die Zauberflöte, K620: excerpts

Recorded on 25th May 1958

Fritz Wunderlich (Tamino), Maria van Dongen (Pamina), Jan Derksen (Papageno), Nel Duval (Papagena), Reinier Schweppe (Monostatos)

Omroepkoor, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Bernard Haitink

Soave sia il vento (from Così fan tutte)

Recorded on 2nd February 1958

Elly Ameling (Fiordiligi), Sophia van Sante (Dorabella), Jan Derksen (Alfonso)

Radio Kamerorkest, Maurits van den Berg

Non siate ritrosi (from Così fan tutte)

Recorded on 2nd February 1958

Jan Derksen (Alfonso)

Radio Kamerorkest, Maurits van den Berg

Orff:

Carmina Burana (excerpts)

Recorded on 9th December 1967

Nelly van der Spek (soprano), Simon van der Geest (tenor), Jan Derksen (baritone)

Radio Philharmonisch Orkest, Tivoli Jongenskoor, Groot Omroepkoor, Willem van Otterloo

Puccini:

Tosca: excerpts

Recorded on 11th February 1973

Gerry de Groot (Tosca), Jan Blinkhof (Cavaradossi), Jan Derksen (Scarpia), Tom Haenen (Sacristan), Nico Boer (Spoletta), Willem Laakman (Sciarrone)

Nederlands Operakoor, Bohumil Gregor

Tosca: excerpts

Recorded on 19th February 1976

Jennie Veeninga (Tosca), Jan Derksen (Scarpia)

Hans Vonk

Il tabarro

Recorded on 11th June 1977

Jan Derksen (Michele), Harry Theyard (Luigi), Nancy Schade (Giorgetta), Debbia Brown (Frugola)

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Edo de Waart

Rossini:

Il barbiere di Siviglia (highlights)

Recorded in 1966; sung in Dutch

Jan Derksen (Figaro), Arjan Blanken (Il Conte Almaviva), Cora Canne Meyer (Rosina), Henk Smit (Bartolo), Guus Hoekman (Basilio)

Omroepkoor, Omroeporkest, Anton Kersjes


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Dimitri Mitropoulos: Conductor

Dimitri Mitropoulos: Conductor


Bach, J S:

Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV1050

Fantasia & Fugue in G minor, BWV542 'Great'

Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Artur Rubinstein (piano)

Berg:

Violin Concerto 'To the Memory of an Angel' (1935)

Borodin:

Symphony No. 2 in B minor

Chausson:

Symphony in B flat major, Op. 20

Dvorak:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Franck, C:

Symphony in D minor

Glazunov:

Overture No. 1 on Three Greek Themes, Op. 3

Krenek:

Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 107

Lalo:

Le Roi d'Ys: Overture

Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Massenet:

Scènes alsaciennes

Mendelssohn:

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

Capriccio Brillant in B minor Op. 22

Joanna Graudan (piano)

Milhaud:

Le Boeuf sur le toit, Op. 58

Prokofiev:

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 'Classical'

Rachmaninov:

Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

The Isle of the Dead - Symphonic Poem, Op. 29

Ravel:

Le Tombeau de Couperin

Rogal-Levitsky:

Chopiniana, for orchestra (after Chopin)

Saint-Saëns:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22

Artur Rubinstein (piano)

Schumann:

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

Tchaikovsky:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23


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Mahler: Symphony No. 3

Mahler: Symphony No. 3


Alexandra Petersamer (mezzo-soprano)

Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Choir, Brno (female members), Aurelius Sangerknaben Calw, Gabriel Feltz

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Wolfgang Holzmair: Das Mahler Album

Wolfgang Holzmair: Das Mahler Album


Mahler:

Drei frühe Lieder for tenor & piano

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Kindertotenlieder

Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)

Zwei Skizzen


Wolfgang Holzmair (baritone) & Russell Ryan (piano)

Nightingale Classics is proud to present the new lieder album of the Austrian baritone Wolfgang Holzmair.

For years a successful performer in major venues and international festivals around the world, Holzmair looks back on an impressive number of solo recitals. However, lieder by Gustav Mahler have not been included in his otherwise comprehensive discography.

In addition to the well-known cycles Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer), Kindertotenlieder (Songs on the Death of Children) and Rückertlieder, the programme begins with a selection of early songs on texts by Leander, de Molina and Mahler himself.

The two songs at the end of this recital are unfinished compositions based on poems by Heinrich Heine. These two lieder fragments are presented in this collection as world premiere recordings.

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Mahler: Kindertotenlieder, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen & Rückert-Lieder

Mahler: Kindertotenlieder, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen & Rückert-Lieder


Mahler:

Kindertotenlieder

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)


Swedish Mezzo-soprano and former winner of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, Katarina Karnéus is joined on this disc by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki to perform three of Gustav Mahler’s orchestral songs.

As a composer, Gustav Mahler was absorbed by song and symphony as complementary genres deeply involved with each other. In his first symphony, Mahler included two themes from the song cycle Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, originally scored for voice and piano, which he had recently composed to his own poems. It was perhaps the experience of orchestrating these themes in his symphony that a few years later inspired Mahler to create the version for voice and orchestra.

All of the songs in Kindertotenlieder and Rückert-Lieder are settings of poems by the poet Friedrich Rückert, composed between 1901 and 1904. For Kindertotenlieder (Songs of the death of children) Mahler chose five of more than four hundred poems written by Rückert in reaction to the death of his two children: poems of despair, disbelief and resignation.

While Kindertotenlieder was conceived as a cycle, the Rückert-Lieder are more loosely connected with each other and they include some of the most sublime Mahlerian moments, for instance in Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen.

“Karnéus is delightfully taut of rhythm in 'Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder', which she places first. And the orchestral accompaniment here is painstaking.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2011 ***

“The split threads of Mahler's orchestral nerve-ends are teased so thoroughly and with such interest by the orchestra and the BIS engineers that more than several listenings are required to assimilate them. Susanna Mälkki favours an Expressionist level of detail that casts louring shadows over even the blue flowers and green fields of the Wayfarer's first song...Karnéus is a secure and heartfelt interpreter.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2011

“Karnéus is at her best in one or two obvious places, and one or two less obvious ones...['Ich bin der Welt'] seldom fails in performance, and here her warm mezzo spins an ethereal thread of golden tone that perfectly matches the sentiments...['Um Mitternacht'] is heart-rending, and the great cry of the final stanza is magnificent...the playing of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra throughout is as other-worldly as Mahler might have dreamed.” International Record Review, September 2011

“she sings them as beautifully as any contemporary female interpreter, with her smoky vocal colouring, her careful enunciation of the texts and her feeling for the heart-rending pathos of the music...there is a unity of purpose in these readings that makes them a must-hear for dedicated Mahlerians.” Sunday Times, 31st July 2011 ****

“The recorded sound is wonderful, and Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki coaxes a sound of golden warmth from her Swedish orchestra. Swedish mezzo-soprano Katarina Karnéus makes a sound as rich and glossy as a thoroughbred’s coat.” The Telegraph, 14th July 2011 ***

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Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'


The San Francisco Symphony with Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas begin offering reissues of their award-winning and critically acclaimed Mahler cycle with Symphony No. 1, in Hybrid SACD format and packaged in SACD jewel cases.

Mahler's Symphony No. 1 was one of the most stunning debuts in symphonic music history. This powerful and passionate performance of Mahler's "Titan" was recorded during the SFS concerts of 19 - 23 September 2001, and captures the live-performance excitement of the Grammy-winning conductor-symphony partnership that the Los Angeles Times declared "the most exciting Mahler combination anywhere right now."

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Mahler: Symphony No. 3

Mahler: Symphony No. 3


Mahler:

Symphony No. 3

with Women of the SFS Chorus, the Pacific Boychoir and the San Francisco Girls Chorus

Kindertotenlieder


The San Francisco Symphony with Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas continue the reissues of their award-winning and critically acclaimed Mahler cycle, with Symphony No. 3, in Hybrid SACD format and packaged in SACD jewel cases.

The Mahler Third features mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, Women of the SFS Chorus, the Pacific Boychoir and the San Francisco Girls Chorus. Also included in this two-disc set is a recording of Mahler's heartbreaking Kindertotenlieder, with Michelle DeYoung.

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Mahler: Origins and Legacy

Mahler: Origins and Legacy


Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Disc 1:

1. Documentary Episode One – “Gustav Mahler: Origins”

2. Concert Programme One – Mahler Symphony No. 1

Disc 2:

1. Documentary Episode Two – “Gustav Mahler: Legacy”

2. Concert Programme Two – A Mahler Journey


The latest instalment in MTT’s and SFS’s engaging Keeping Score series explores the life and works of Gustav Mahler, in two documentaries and two live performances.

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony present the latest instalment in their acclaimed Keeping Score series, exploring the life and music of Gustav Mahler. In the year marking both the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death and the founding of the San Francisco Symphony, ‘Mahler: Origins and Legacy’, focuses on the enigmatic composer with two one-hour documentaries and two live performances. “Gustav Mahler was a visionary musician,” says MTT. “In his compositions he made reference to many styles, building his huge symphonies from materials abstracted from songs, dances and marches from many cultures. His symphonies, or worlds, as he called them, represent the many ways that people make music and why they make music. In Keeping Score: Mahler, we walk in his footsteps, visit the places and sounds that influenced his life.”

Keeping Score: Mahler is designed to engage, educate and entertain viewers of all musical backgrounds, from classical music enthusiasts to those hearing Mahler’s music for the first time. With MTT and SFS firmly established among the leading interpreters of Mahler’s music, these programmes are a fitting culmination to their decade-long Mahler recording project. To coincide with its release, MTT and SFS will embark on a three-week European tour performing Mahler’s works including Prague and Vienna where there will be special screenings of Keeping Score: Mahler.

“As in previous issues, the wealth of solidly researched detail is musically provocative and visually stimulating...Tilson Thomas presents Mahler as embracing both [Jewish and Christian roots] as part of a universal musical and moral outlook...overall, Tilson Thomas and his associates bring Mahler's music to life in a way that makes even the novice appreciate its astounding unity within diversity.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2011 *****

BBC Music Magazine

DVD Choice - May 2011

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Mahler: Origins and Legacy

Mahler: Origins and Legacy


Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Disc 1:

1. Documentary Episode One – “Gustav Mahler: Origins”

2. Concert Programme One – Mahler Symphony No. 1

Disc 2:

1. Documentary Episode Two – “Gustav Mahler: Legacy”

2. Concert Programme Two – A Mahler Journey


The latest instalment in MTT’s and SFS’s engaging Keeping Score series explores the life and works of Gustav Mahler, in two documentaries and two live performances.

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony present the latest instalment in their acclaimed Keeping Score series, exploring the life and music of Gustav Mahler. In the year marking both the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death and the founding of the San Francisco Symphony, ‘Mahler: Origins and Legacy’, focuses on the enigmatic composer with two one-hour documentaries and two live performances. “Gustav Mahler was a visionary musician,” says MTT. “In his compositions he made reference to many styles, building his huge symphonies from materials abstracted from songs, dances and marches from many cultures. His symphonies, or worlds, as he called them, represent the many ways that people make music and why they make music. In Keeping Score: Mahler, we walk in his footsteps, visit the places and sounds that influenced his life.”

Keeping Score: Mahler is designed to engage, educate and entertain viewers of all musical backgrounds, from classical music enthusiasts to those hearing Mahler’s music for the first time. With MTT and SFS firmly established among the leading interpreters of Mahler’s music, these programmes are a fitting culmination to their decade-long Mahler recording project. To coincide with its release, MTT and SFS will embark on a three-week European tour performing Mahler’s works including Prague and Vienna where there will be special screenings of Keeping Score: Mahler.

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