Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 10

Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 10


Mahler:

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

Henriette Bonde-Hansen (soprano), Kirsten Dolberg (alto), Inga Nielsen (soprano), Jorma Hynninen (baritone), Raimo Sirkia (tenor), Anne Gjevang (alto), Carsten Stabell (bass), Majken Bjerno (soprano)

Danish National Radio Choir, Copenhagen Boys' Choir, Philharmonischer Chor Berlin

Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major - Adagio


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Mahler: Kindertotenlieder & Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

Mahler: Kindertotenlieder & Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen


Mahler:

Kindertotenlieder

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Strauss, R:

Notturno, Op. 44 No. 1

Edwin Paling (violin)


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Mahler: Orchestral Songs

Mahler: Orchestral Songs


Mahler:

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Kindertotenlieder

Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)


‘Mahler’ is Christian Gerhaher’s second orchestral album, with Orchestra Symphonique de Montréal conducted by Kent Nagano. Gerhaher has never recorded the Mahler songs in their authentic orchestral versions before, although these works have been cornerstones of his repertoire for many years. Gerhaher will be Artist in Residence with the Berlin Philharmonic next season (2013/14) and perform Mahler songs with them at multiple concerts. Besides his principal activity giving concerts and recitals, Christian Gerhaher is also a highly sought-after performer on the opera stage. Under Riccardo Muti he sang Papageno in a production of The Magic Flute at the Salzburg Festival. Gerhaher gave guest performances in the title role in Henze’s Prinz von Homburg at the Theater an der Wien, as Wolfram at the Teatro Real in Madrid, at the Vienna State Opera and Munich State Opera, and in 2010 at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, where in 2011 he received the famous Laurence Olivier Award for his interpretation. Future engagements are scheduled in roles such as Pelléas, again in Frankfurt – where he has already sung Orfeo, Wolfram and Eisenstein – Posa in Don Carlo in Toulouse and again performances as Wolfram in Berlin, Vienna and London. Having received countless awards for his singing of lieder, in 2010 Christian Gerhaher was voted “Singer of the Year” by the journal Opernwelt for his portrayals of the Prinz von Homburg and of Wolfram in Vienna and Munich. Christian Gerhaher has performed together with conductors such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Simon Rattle, Herbert Blomstedt, Heinz Holliger, Kent Nagano, Ingo Metzmacher, Mariss Jansons, Bernard Haitink and Christian Thielemann in the world’s major concert halls.

“the intensity comes from his attention to the text and the ebb and flow of consonance and dissonance...The obsessive love, raw misery and the yearning for oblivion are all vividly realised, "Ich bin der Welt…" simply devastating.” The Independent, 31st August 2013 ****

“Admirers of Gerhaher's lieder singing won't need any encouragement to listen to this disc. They'll marvel once again at the astonishing range of colour and inflection he applies to every phrase...[there are] are myriad instances when the essence of a song seems perfectly captured” The Guardian, 5th September 2013 *****

“As ever, Gerhaher combines vocal beauty and acute sensitivity to verbal and musical nuance with a certain patrician restraint...The Montreal orchestra (superlative wind solos) match the baritone in their sentient, compassionate playing, while Nagano keeps textures lucid...one of the finest baritone versions of these cycles since Fischer-Dieskau.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2014

“Gerhaher treats us to some tender singing at the end of Kindertotenlieder, and Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen from the Rückert-Lieder is very affecting.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, June 2014

“As a singer of German art songs, the Munich-based Christian Gerhaher has no rivals today...The Montreal players rise to the occasion under Kent Nagano, but it is Mr. Gerhaher’s uncanny ability to inhabit each word and each phrase fully that makes this a riveting — and unsettling — experience.” New York Times, December 2013

GGramophone Awards 2015

Finalist - Solo Vocal

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Neeme Järvi conducts Mahler & Strauss

Neeme Järvi conducts Mahler & Strauss


Mahler:

Das Lied von der Erde

Paul Groves (tenor), Thomas Hampson (baritone)

Strauss, R:

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24


For his inaugural concert as Music Director of Orchestre de la Suisse Romande , Neeme Järvi chose to perform two compositions that approach the same subject, life’s end, in ways that demonstrate the brilliance and differences of their creators. Are they really about death, or life? In both these works – one a tone poem intended to tell a story through music, the other a symphony with sung texts - there is a reflection on what life has been, its rewards and shortcomings, that culminates in a cathartic moment of revelation. The two singers, Thomas Hampson and Paul Groves add charismatic and poignant erformances of the highest order.

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Neeme Järvi conducts Mahler & R. Strauss

Neeme Järvi conducts Mahler & R. Strauss


Mahler:

Das Lied von der Erde

Paul Groves (tenor), Thomas Hampson (baritone)

Strauss, R:

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24


For his inaugural concert as Music Director of Orchestre de la Suisse Romande , Neeme Järvi chose to perform two compositions that approach the same subject, life’s end, in ways that demonstrate the brilliance and differences of their creators. Are they really about death, or life? In both these works – one a tone poem intended to tell a story through music, the other a symphony with sung texts - there is a reflection on what life has been, its rewards and shortcomings, that culminates in a cathartic moment of revelation. The two singers, Thomas Hampson and Paul Groves add charismatic and poignant erformances of the highest order.

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Bernard Haitink: Icon

Bernard Haitink: Icon


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Brahms:

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 3 in D minor ‘Wagner Symphony'

Wiener Philharmoniker

Debussy:

La Mer

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam

Wagner:

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra


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Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Mahler: Symphony No. 4

(arr. E Stein for chamber ensemble)


Zoe Nicolaidou (soprano)

Orchestre Regional de Basse-Normandie, Jean Deroyer

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Schöne Welt, wo bist Du?

Schöne Welt, wo bist Du?


 

Sternklare Nacht (Free improvisation by Julia Kleiter and Michael Gees)

Berg:

Sieben frühe Lieder

Kilpinen:

Wind und Geige (No. 5 from 13 Lieder nach Gedichten von Christian Morgenstern)

Sturmnacht (No. 6 from 13 Lieder nach Gedichten von Christian Morgenstern)

Über tausend Berge (No. 4 from Lieder der Liebe II, Op. 61)

Heimat (No. 1 from Lieder der Liebe II, Op. 61)

Mahler:

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

Frühlingsmorgen (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Schoenberg:

Verlassen (No. 4 from 8 Lieder, Op. 6)

Schubert:

Frühlingsglaube, D686

Die Gotter Griechenlands D677 (Schiller)

Strauss, R:

Waldseligkeit, Op. 49 No. 1

Morgen, Op. 27 No. 4

September (from Vier Letzte Lieder)

Wolf, H:

Verborgenheit (No. 12 from Mörike-Lieder)


Julia Kleiter (soprano) & Michael Gees (piano)

Alban Berg’s Seven Early Songs form the backbone of this hybrid SACD that features the soprano Julia Kleiter accompanied by pianist Michael Gees. They are threaded throughout the disc in between songs by Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, Franz Schubert, Yrjö Kilpinen, Hugo Wolf and Arnold Schoenberg. The recording also includes an improvisation by Julia Kleiter and Michael Gees based on Hermann Hesse’s ‘Sternklare Nacht’.

The highly-regarded German soprano Julia Kleiter made her operatic debut in 2004 as Pamina at Opéra-Bastille in Paris under Jiri Kout. Since then she has sung this role in several productions in Madrid, Zürich, at the Edinburgh Festival, in New York, Munich and at Salzburg Festival with conductors such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Marc Minkowski, and Claudio Abbado. In 2007 she appeared as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier and Zdenka in Arabella under Franz Welser-Möst. Other highlights of her operatic career have been performing Papagena under Claudio Abbado, and Amor in Orfeo ed Euridice under Ricardo Muti in Florence. In 2012 she was critically acclaimed for her debut performance as Almirena in Händel's Rinaldo at the Lyric Opera in Chicago.

This is Kleiter’s first recording as a solo recitalist, but she has already appeared on Challenge Classics alongside Christoph Prégardien - and Michael Gees - on an acclaimed disc of Hugo Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch (CC72378). Michael Gees has also made solo improvised recordings of Satie (CC72512) and Schumann (CC72597) for Challenge.

“Performances by the cool-voiced Julia Kleiter and pianist Michael Gees tend to have a leavening effect of the music. The sound quality (aided by a reverberant acoustic) is uniformly radiant, the manner of phrasing is creamy smooth and tempi are contemplative” Gramophone Magazine, October 2013

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Mahler: Symphony No. 8 (with bonus bluray disc)

Mahler: Symphony No. 8 (with bonus bluray disc)


Mahler:

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

with bonus bluray


Christine Brewer, Camilla Nylund, Maria Espada, Stephanie Blythe, Mihoko Fujimura, Robert Dean Smith, Tommi Hakala & Stefan Kocán

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Choir, State Choir 'Latvija', Bavarian Radio Choir, National Boys Choir & National Children's Choir, Mariss Jansons

"Try to imagine the whole universe beginning to ring and resound. There are no more human voices, only planets and suns revolving in their orbits," wrote Gustav Mahler to his friend, Willem Mengelberg, on 18 August 1906. The day before, he had completed the sketches of the Eighth Symphony in little more than three weeks, and that after a very hectic season.

The legendary relationship between Gustav Mahler, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Willem Mengelberg has established a firm tradition of playing Mahler in Amsterdam. During the 1960s the orchestra and Bernard Haitink started recording a Mahler discography that still remains one of the cornerstones of any Mahlerian's collection. Ricccardo Chailly's tenure as chief conductor yielded another brilliant Mahler cycle and now Mariss Jansons is steadily building his tribute to the composer.

Recorded during the same Mahler cycle as the recently released Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3 – part of the full Mahler cycle that the orchestra performed in the 2009-2011 seasons to celebrate the composer's 150th birthday and 100th anniversary of his death - Mariss Jansons's interpretation of the Eight Symphony is one more jewel in the crown of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; with a star-studded cast and excellent choral forces, this 'Symphony of a Thousand' left a lasting impression on the audience.

“Jansons conveys a thrilling sense of occasion” Financial Times, 3rd August 2013

“Jansons keeps the music moving and gives himself something to pull back from in the biggest tuttis...And he has a shining Christine Brewer as his first soprano popping those top Bs and Cs above the stave...up there among the select front-runners.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2013

“It immediately takes the lead among interpretations of this phenomenal work...a reading of the score that is both thrilling and telling in its emotional finesse and sincerity...With the Royal Concertgebouw on supreme form, Jansons unequivocally delivers a performance of cosmic impact.” The Telegraph, 11th July 2013

“The performance has absolutely no weak links. The choral singing, so crucial in this work, is highly disciplined and excellent...The playing of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is superb throughout...the performance is superbly controlled and though Jansons gives the music its head he keeps a very firm grip on things and also displays tremendous attention to detail” MusicWeb International, 22nd July 2013

“Jansons' line up of Wagnerian soloists for this live Concertgebouw Mahler spectacular is possibly the most impressive since Georg Solti's classic 1971 recording...If this still doesn't rise quite to the top of my list of recorded Mahler Eights, it's partly because Jansons doesn't 'do' impetuous from the outset as Mahler asks” BBC Music Magazine, October 2013 ****

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - September 2013

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Karl Rankl conducts Mahler and Dukas

Karl Rankl conducts Mahler and Dukas

Recorded live at the Musikverein's Goldener Saal on 23rd Jan 1954


Dukas:

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Mahler:

Symphony No. 4

Sena Jurinac (soprano)


“The performance is at all times direct and unmannered. Lyrically conceived it’s strongly structured so that there is no sense of indulgence, either in terms of rubati or false gesture. There’s a sure command of line and balance - the VSO winds are pleasingly characterful - and whilst ensemble is not infallible, little imprecisions count for little given the communicative elegance of the direction and playing.” MusicWeb International, 7th January 2014

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