Gustav Mahler


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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'

Melanie Diener (soprano), Juliane Banse (soprano), Lisa Larsson (soprano), Yvonne Naef (alto), Birgit Remmert (alto), Anthony Dean Griffey (tenor), Stephen Powell (baritone), Askar Abdrazakov (bass), Alfred Muff (bass)

Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, David Zinman

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Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Jeannette Wernecke (soprano)

Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, Gabriel Feltz

“[Feltz's] Mahler certainly shows off the prowess of his relatively unheralded ensemble. Even if this plainly isn't the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the playing is buoyant and alive as well as disciplined.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2012

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Bruno Walter: Conductor of Humanity

Bruno Walter: Conductor of Humanity


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

New York Philharmonic

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

New York Philharmonic

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

Rudolf Serkin (piano)

New York Philharmonic


Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Columbia Symphony Orchestra


Symphony No. 5

Symphony No. 9

Das Lied von der Erde

Kathleen Ferrier (contralto), Julius Patzak (tenor)


Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Nathan Milstein (violin)

New York Philharmonic Orchestra


Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

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

Serenade No. 13 in G major, K525 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K216

Zino Francescatti (violin)

Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K218

Zino Francescatti (violin)

Requiem in D minor, K626

Irmgard Seefried (soprano), Jennie Tourel (mezzo), Leopold Simoneau (tenor), William Warfield (bass)


Die Walküre: Act 1

Lauritz Melchior (Siegmund), Lotte Lehmann (Sieglinde), Emanuel List (Hunding)

Vienna Philharmonic, Lauritz Melchior

On this budget-priced 10-CD set, the legendary Austrian conductor Bruno Walter performs major works by Mahler, Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner, Brahms, and Mendelssohn. The recordings cover the years between 1935 and 1960, and they feature the Columbia Symphony, the New York Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras. Amongst the soloists are some of the greatest artists of their time, including Kathleen Ferrier, Lauritz Melchior, Rudolf Serkin, and Nathan Milstein.

Cultivated, sensitive and technically brilliant, Bruno Walter the musician may be reckoned among the most influential conductors in musical history, particularly in view of his definitive interpretations of works by Mozart and Mahler. But his readings of works by Beethoven, Brahms, Wagner and Mendelssohn also provide evidence that the Berlin-born Walter was an outstanding craftsman in sound.

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Karel Sejna: Great Czech Conductors

Karel Sejna: Great Czech Conductors


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


Symphony No. 4

Maria Tauberova (soprano)


Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Overture

La clemenza di Tito, K621: Overture

Symphony No. 38 in D major, K504 'Prague'


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

Rarely mentioned in the same breath as his illustrious colleagues Talich, Kubelík and Ančerl, Karel Šejna (1896-1982) was perennially second-in-command, yet despite failing to receive the credit he deserves he too played a crucial role in shaping the history of the Czech Philharmonic. Initially solo double-bass of the orchestra, he began conducting upon Václav Talich’s request and in 1939 was officially named its second conductor. And he also remained deputy after the departure of Talich, who was replaced by Rafael Kubelík, as well as after Kubelík’s emigration, when Karel Ančerl was appointed (originally against the orchestra members’ will) to the vacant post of chief conductor. Consequently, still playing “second fiddle”, Šejna went on to conduct dozens of concerts and make numerous recordings, which today rank among the finest in the Supraphon archives. Period critics branded him a flexible and vivid conductor who always required an understanding of the style and consistently worked with detail. In 1972, Šejna rounded off a half-century of work for the Czech Philharmonic with Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. Šejna’s sensitively remastered recordings from 1950-1962, from the bracing Mozart played “with a light hand” to Mahler’s fourth, are now released by Supraphon for the first time on CD.

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Supraphon Great Czech Conductors - SU40812

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Otto Klemperer conducts Mozart & Mahler

Otto Klemperer conducts Mozart & Mahler


Symphony No. 4

Maria Stader (soprano)


Serenade No. 13 in G major, K525 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'

Concertgebouworkest, Otto Klemperer

Audiophile - APL101553



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Mahler: Symphony No. 9

Mahler: Symphony No. 9

Bernstein traveled the world as a conductor. Immediately after World War II, in 1947 he conducted in Tel Aviv, beginning a relationship with Israel that lasted until his death.

While Bernstein's conducting repertoire encompassed the standard literature, he may be best remembered for his performances and recordings of Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Sibelius and Mahler. Particularly notable were his performances of the Mahler symphonies with the New York Philharmonic in the 1960s, sparking a renewed interest in the works of Mahler.

A live recording from the Mann Auditorium, 25/8/1985

"Bernstein, one of the great Mahler conductors, presents the 9th Symphony with penetrating insight into its musical and emotional depth... the audience responded with an outburst of ovations which lasted for some 20 minutes, calling Bernstein back on the stage time and again." Israel Evening News

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Haydn: Nelson Mass

Haydn: Nelson Mass


Mass, Hob. XXII:11 in D minor 'Nelsonmesse'

Lucia Popp (soprano), Ilse Gramatzki (alto), Misha Raitzin (tenor) & Takao Okamora (bass)



Maureen Forrester (contralto)

Tel-Aviv Philharmonic Choir & Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, István Kertész

An inordinately gifted conductor, Istvan Kertsz died aged 43 in a tragic drowning off the Israeli coast. He had already reached full maturity as a musician, proving his worth in opera, oratorio and the symphonic repertoire as his early Decca recordings show. This recording of Haydn's 'Nelson' Mass, where the quality of the choir, under new conductor Stanley Sperber, is commented on in 1973, is accompanied by the great Maureen Forrester in Mahler's 'Kindertotenlieder' - familiar territory.

Recorded live April 1973 Haydn, April 1971 Mahler

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Magdalena Kožená: Love and Longing

Magdalena Kožená: Love and Longing

Orchestral Songs by Dvorák, Mahler, and Ravel


Biblical Songs (10), Op. 99

orchestrated by Vilém Zemánek


Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)



Magdalena Kožená’s silken mezzo delivers definitive interpretations of this luscious and enchanting orchestral-song repertoire.

Magdalena Kožená, Sir Simon Rattle, and the Berliner Philharmoniker seduce in Ravel’s Shéhérazade, stir and awe in Dvorák’s austere Biblische Lieder, and render to the fullest the bittersweet potency of Mahler’s intricately orchestrated Rückert Lieder.

Recorded live at the Berlin Philharmonie, these performances excite with the intense musical understanding shared by this husband-and-wife musical dream-team.

This is the first in a new series of recording projects reviving the legendary partnership between DG and the Berliner Philharmoniker.

“her ease and clarity of language are as impressive as her instinctive feel for the modes of expression voiced by such diverse composers as Dvorak, Ravel and Mahler...Kozena encapsulates and conveys the spectrum of moods with a wealth of understanding and apt vocal inflection...There is never any doubt...that Kozena has these songs in her heart and has the wisdom and finesse with which to convey their very essence.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2012

“Throughout the Ruckert-Lieder the diction is excellent, dramatic emphases are absolutely in place and there is, notably in 'Um Mitternacht', some superb legato singing...Dvorak's Biblical Songs are almost entirely excellent...Kozena projects the sincerity of these settings magnificently” BBC Music Magazine, October 2012 ****

“Kozena revels in [Dvorak's] inexhaustible stream of melody, while Simon Rattle’s Berliners relish his subtle orchestration...though Kozena’s French and German are not as idiomatic as her Czech, she is luminous in expressing the exoticism of Tristan Klingsor’s Shéhérazade poems, and Rückert’s celebration of the natural world.” Sunday Times, 23rd September 2012

“Singing in her native Czech, Kozená transmits a soulfulness that she rarely summons in other repertoire. It’s a question of being “inside the idiom”, and it feeds her performance of Dvorák’s Biblical Songs...The disc is worth buying for these 10 tracks alone, but Kozená also captures the exotic idiom of Ravel’s Shéhérazade” Financial Times, 27th October 2012 ****

“Dvorak’s rarely recorded “Biblical Songs” are impassioned prayers and voluptuous Psalm settings that show off Ms. Kozena’s burnished mezzo. The orchestra sounds splendid in Ravel’s “Shéhérazade”; Mahler’s “Rückert Lieder” call forth a more austere and concentrated mode of expression.” New York Times, 23rd November 2012

GGramophone Awards 2013

Finalist - Vocal

GGramophone Magazine

Disc of the Month - July 2012

DG - 4790065



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Chantal Akerman films Sonia Wieder-Atherton

Chantal Akerman films Sonia Wieder-Atherton

This amazing set gathers together the 3 collaborations between film director Chantal Akerman and cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton.

As an interpreter of an extremely broad repertory that reflects her imaginative world, a designer of projects, and a musician sought after by many contemporary composers, Sonia Wieder-Atherton occupies a place apart on today’s musical scene. She has played as soloist with the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre National de France, the Belgian National Orchestra, the Liege Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, the Lisbon Gul-benkian Orchestra, the Luxemburg Philharmonic, the Hanover NDR Orchestra . . .Pascal Dusapin, George Aperghis and others have written numerous works for her.

She has been invited by many festivals to perform the musical projects that she conceives and stages, in venues such as the Cité de la Musique, the Théâtre de la Ville, the Strasbourg Musica, the Bath Music Festival, Cheltenham, Houston Opera and Dortmund Opera. She has recently signed an exclusive contract with the record company Naïve.

2 DVDs and CD:

DVD1 - Avec Sonia Wieder-Atherton

DVD 2 - A l'Est avec Sonia Wieder-Atherton

Bonus CD - Extracts from the soundtrack of Chantal Akerman's film 'A Couch in New York'

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Klaus Tennstedt conducts Mahler & Mozart

Klaus Tennstedt conducts Mahler & Mozart

Symphony Hall, Boston, 15 January 1977


Symphony No. 4

Phyllis Bryn-Julson (soprano)


Symphony No. 35 in D major, K385 'Haffner'

This series of DVDs will make the publicly broadcast BSO concerts from this era available for the first time since they were broadcast. This rare material represents some of the earliest concert footage that exists with Klaus Tennstedt from this key chapter in his career and has been restored using the greatest care and state-of-the-art techniques. It is of exceptional musical interest and historic value.

This DVD is only the third filmed performance featuring Tennstedt with the BSO to be made available to the public and represents some of the earliest concert footage with this great conductor. Tennstedt has been compared with Barbirolli, Furtwängler, Karajan and Klemperer by the Gramophone Classical Music Guide, whilst BBC Music Magazine described ICA Classics’ recent DVD release featuring Tennstedt directing the LPO in Mahler 5 as ‘epitomising the combination of immensely detailed precision and overwhelming expressive intensity that Tennstedt’s many admirers found so special’.

Tennstedt and the BSO formed a close association, together covering much of the Austro-German symphonic tradition, such as the works included on this DVD, which are described by Michael McManus as a ‘classic Tennstedt programme’.

The only available (audio) recording with Tennstedt performing Mozart’s ‘Haffner’ Symphony is a concert performance with the LPO from 1984.

The Penguin Guide describes the second of only two recordings with Tennstedt performing Mahler 4 (with the LPO, 5 years after the recording on this DVD) as ‘a strong, spacious reading which yet conveys an innocence entirely in keeping with this most endearing of the Mahler symphonies’.

Tennstedt was well known for the depth and animation of his concert performances, to which his studio recordings seldom compare – this DVD provides a rare opportunity to witness the great man in action.

Two of ICA’s BSO DVDs featuring Charles Munch as conductor have been awarded the Diapason d’Or in France’s Diapason magazine.

Sound format: Enhanced Mono

DVD format: NTSC

Picture format: 4:3

Running time: 78’

Subtitles: n/a

Menu languages: English

Booklet languages: E/F/G

Region code: 0

Territory Restrictions: None

“Cherishable 1977 performances from one of the last of the 'old school' of conductors, seen here at the top of his game, relishing every moment as though it might be his last.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2012 *****

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