Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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Mahler: Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major

Realization by Deryck Cooke


This live recording is Mark Wigglesworth’s second reading of this formidable work. His first recording was a cover mount in 1993 for BBC Music Magazine and gathered quite a cult status among Mahlerians. This new release reveals Wigglesworth as a Mahler conductor to be reckoned with. “Wigglesworth’s performance managed to embrace the whole array of moods and colours in this extraordinary score…” Guardian review of concert performance (LSO).

“Mark Wigglesworth has performed the Tenth regularly since a BBC Symphony Orchestra concert in 1991 brought him wide attention...This live Melbourne performance...[is] consistent with a vision of the piece that was clear and distinctive over two decades ago...if there is a Wigglesworth sound, the Melbourne orchestra are well schooled in it.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2011

“Tempos in the first, third and fifth movements are slightly more deliberate than you might expect...The first scherzo takes off at a cracking pace here, a notch too fast for its executants to manage...A firm, purposeful reading then, of more than local interest” International Record Review, January 2012

“The Australian orchestra play with an aching beauty of line and an implacable weight that’s deeply affecting...Good - very good – in parts, but not the penetrating performance I’d hoped for.” MusicWeb International, December 2012

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Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn

Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn


Mahler:

Des Knaben Wunderhorn (12 songs, 1901 version)

Urlicht (orig. in Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Das himmlische Leben


This is a special release commemorating the 100th anniversary of Mahler’s death and Michael Gielen has returned to make his first ever recording of the complete Des Knaben Wunderhorn. These vital new performances show that Gielen, despite now being in his eighties, is not slowing down. He is one of our generation’s greatest Mahlerians.

“As so often, the veteran 'modernist' proves himself a highly perceptive Mahlerian...[Muller-Brachmann's] penetrating, never heavy bass-baritone is pleasing and he is blessed with fine diction too, projecting the humour of 'Lob des hohen Verstandes' to excellent effect...admirers of Gielen's Mahler should not hesitate to acquire what is his belated first recording of these songs.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2012

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Edition Otto Klemperer: The Berlin Recordings 1950-58

Edition Otto Klemperer: The Berlin Recordings 1950-58


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36

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

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

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

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

Hans-Erich Riebensahm (piano)

Hindemith:

Nobilissima Visione

Mahler:

Symphony No. 4

Mozart:

Serenade No. 6 in D major, K239 'Serenata Notturna'

Don Giovanni, K527: Overture

Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K183

Symphony No. 29 in A major, K201

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


RIAS Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Otto Klemperer

These live and studio recordings with the RIAS Symphony Orchestra Berlin (later known as the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin), made between 1950 and 1958, are important documents of the rebuilding of German culture after the war. These recordings illuminate Klemperer’s late performing style, his repertoire and his interpretational ideals. He explored the repertoire of the 18th to the 20th centuries by creating three-dimensional sound, concise rhythms, clearly contoured forms and precise characterisations. He interpreted the works of Mozart and Beethoven; through Mahler and Hindemith he forged a connection to the music which had been banned by the Nazis. With this new 5-CD boxed set, Audite documents the artistic cooperation between Klemperer and the RSO Berlin, for the first time, using original tapes from the RIAS (today’s Deutschlandradio Kultur) sound archives, thus also ensuring the best possible technical quality.

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Horizon 4

Horizon 4


Berio:

SOLO for trombone & orchestra

Jörgen van Rijen (trombone)

Ed Spanjaard

Glanert:

Fluss ohne Ufer

Markus Stenz

Hindson:

Little Chrissietina's Magic Fantasy

Marijn Mijnders & Monica Naselow (violin)

Jeths:

Scale 'le tombeau de Mahler'

Ed Spanjaard

Keulen:

Fünf tragische Lieder

Detlef Roth (baritone)

Lothar Zagrosek

Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan' - Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell

arranged Colin Matthews

Lothar Zagrosek

Roukens:

Out of control

David Robertson

Shchedrin:

Oboe Concerto

Alexei Ogrintchouk (oboe)

Susanna Mälkki


This fourth release in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s ‘Horizon’ Series brings together two forms of homage. CD 1 represents a tribute to Gustav Mahler, the orchestra having devoted itself to a large-scale project commemorating the composer’s 150th birthday and the 100th anniversary of his death during its 2009- 2011 seasons. In addition to a chronological series of performances of all the great symphonies – effectively constituting the third Mahler Festival held in Amsterdam following those of 1925 and 1995, the orchestra programmed a series of concerts featuring works exhibiting a strong connection to Mahler’s compositions. Four world premieres of works composed for this series have been brought together on CD 1, the fifth being the opening title on CD 2.

The three other recordings on CD 2 feature members of the orchestra playing high-profile roles as solo or ensemble players, thereby symbolising a hommage to the virtuosity and the musical intelligence and flexibility of the 120 individual musicians making up the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Oboist Alexei Ogrintchouk and trombonist Jörgen van Rijen are heard here in the world premieres of two works written for their instruments by Rodion Shchedrin and Luciano Berio respectively. Assistant principal violinist Marijn Mijnders and Monica Naselow, a member of the second violin section, team up in an explosive performance of Hindson’s 'Chrissietina’s Magic Fantasy' for two violins, the discovery of the chamber music marathon with which the Society of Friends of the Concertgebouw and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2009.

“The Horizon series is an audacious project presenting top-class live performances in consistently fine if soft-grained sonics...The second disc veers off into pieces old and new, randomly showcasing the attributes of distinguished orchestra members....A curate's egg then but one with plenty to titillate the open-minded consumer.” International Record Review, January 2012

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Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen & Kindertotenlieder

Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen & Kindertotenlieder


Mahler:

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

orch. Schoenberg

Ensemble Orford, Jean-François Rivest

Kindertotenlieder

orch. Reinbert de Leeuw

Ensemble Orford, Jean-François Rivest

Mahler, A:

Die stille Stadt

In meines Vaters Garten

Laue Sommernacht (text: Gustav Falke)

Bei dir ist es traut

Ich wandle unter Blumen (text: Heinrich Heine)

Marc Bourdeau (piano)


Julie Boulianne (mezzo)

ATMA presents the first solo recording of Canadian mezzo-soprano Julie Boulianne, who is featured in a rarely recorded chamber version of Mahler’s two famous song cycles, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Kindertotenlieder. She also performs a selection of lieder by Alma Mahler.

Recently making her debut at The Met, Atma has signed a 3-CD contract with her.

“A cunning combination, all beautifully sung” BBC Music Magazine, March 2012

“few such accomplished exponents of Rossini are able to summon up the plaintive contralto-ish sonority to create the right atmosphere for Mahler. That Boulianne can project the pervasive feeling of sadness without excessive weight is partly a factor of the 'domestic' arrangements employed...one of today's most promising singers is notably well served.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2012

“I was at once struck by the sheer beauty of her voice, her care over nuance and her intensity in expression. It’s a vibrant voice but not excessively so...There are many superb recordings of both these cycles and it is practically impossible to pick a clear winner, but Julie Boulianne belongs among the best.” MusicWeb International, July 2012

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Lyric: Orchestral Songs

Lyric: Orchestral Songs


Bloch, E:

Poèmes D’automne for Mezzo-Soprano and Orchestra

Sophie Koch (mezzo)

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Steven Sloane

Two Psalms for Soprano & orchestra

Christiane Oelze (soprano)

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Steven Sloane

Mahler:

Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)

Christine Schäfer (soprano)

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Christoph Eschenbach

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Thomas Quasthoff (bass-baritone)

Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester, Gary Bertini

Schreker:

Lieder (5) für tiefe Stimme und Orchester

Mechthild Georg (mezzo)

WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln, Peter Gülke

Wellesz:

Leben, Traum und Tod, Op. 55

Regina Klepper (soprano), Sophie Koch (mezzo)

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Roger Epple

Wolf, H:

Mignon IV 'Kennst du das Land' (No. 9 from Goethe-Lieder)

Er ist's (No. 6 from Mörike-Lieder)

Anakreons Grab (No. 29 from Goethe-Lieder)

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

An den Schlaf (No. 29 from Mörike-Lieder)

Mitsuko Shirai (mezzo)

Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, David Shallon

Zemlinsky:

Lied der Baumwollpacker (from Symphonische Gesänge, Op. 20)

Totes braunes Mädel (from Symphonisches Gesänge, Op. 20)

Afrikanischer Tanz (from Symphonisches Gesänge, Op. 20)

Franz Grundheber (baritone)

Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg, Gerd Albrecht

Lyric Symphony Op. 18: Friede mein Herz

Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Orchestre de Paris, Christoph Eschenbach


, Christiane Oelze (soprano), Sophie Koch (mezzo), Matthias Goerne (baritone), Franz Grundheber (baritone),

These recordings taken from the legendary Capriccio-Archive bring some of the world’s leading singers together.

“A flavoursome two-disc compliation garnering the distinctive character of these singers, often in less familiar and fascinating repertoire” BBC Music Magazine, April 2012 ****

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

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


Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 is brought vividly to life in a concert recording by Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia performing in January 2011 to mark the composer’s double anniversary.

The Santa Cecilia Orchestra’s Mahler tradition dates back to 1907 and 1910, when the composer himself conducted the orchestra. Many eminent Mahlerians have directed his works with the Orchestra since then, among them Bruno Walter, Otto Klemperer, Leonard Bernstein and Claudio Abbado. More recently, the Orchestra commemorated the 150th anniversary of his birth in 2010 and the 100th anniversary of his death in 2011 with a complete symphonies cycle conducted by Antonio Pappano and Valery Gergiev.

Mahler composed the thrilling, sometimes lyrical, personal and often-turbulent sixth symphony in 1903 and 1904, subsequently revised it, and conducted the premiere in 1906. His publisher gave it the subtitle ‘Tragic’, which is somewhat misleading in that it was written during a happy period of the composer’s life. Mahler married Alma Schindler in 1902 – hence the jubilant, soaring melodic ‘Alma’ theme in the first movement. The couple spent the summer of 1903 at his beloved Maiernigg mountain retreat, where he began the composition of the symphony. We can hear cowbells evoking the impression of a grazing herd of cattle and the surroundings of Maiernigg depicted through the use of celeste and tremolo strings.

“Never before has the shade of Verdi seemed so close in the bustling rhythms and the marching strings; Puccini’s shade, too, in the melodies’ long, arching, songful ache...Everything [Pappano] conducts is characterised by fiery drama, soaring lyricism, and bold projection as if through a proscenium arch...in this uplifting, operatic performance the endgame matters less than the music’s heroic fight for life. Buy this CD and marvel.” The Times, 4th November 2011

“Pappano’s Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia has an exuberance that comes across most strongly in the opening Allegro energetico ...Pappano, like his Roman musicians, is still building up experience in Mahler. Where he scores is in the quieter, song-like stretches of music, such as the first movement’s dream sequence and an Andante of con amore warmth.” Financial Times, 5th November 2011 ****

“[an] enthralling account...terrific, ear-scorching climaxes” The Observer, 6th November 2011

“Pappano’s first Mahler recording with his Roman orchestra demonstrates an attention to detail in the score unobscured by biographical hypotheses. He plays the work in the published (and musically logical) order. The opening march has terrific thrust, the scherzo is laden with Mahler’s sardonic black humour and nostalgia for folk music. The Accademia prides itself on its Mahlerian associations, with justice on this basis.” Sunday Times, 27th November 2011

“If you’re going to tone down Mahler’s febrile neuroticism, you have to replace it with something equally valid, and that is exactly what Antonio Papppano does here in his first recording of the composer. Out goes the tortured intensity, in comes a blazing energy and warmth that pays dividends all the way through” The Telegraph, 2nd December 2011 ****

“His expansive approach to the first three movements won't be to everyone's taste, though it often yields surprising results...The Scherzo has rarely sounded as implacable as it does here, though the Andante, in contrast, feels altogether too laid back, until its final climax where Pappano suddenly unleashes a maelstrom that takes your breath away.” The Guardian, 5th January 2012 ****

“what a performance! Pappano treats Mahler's opening movement with a restraint that reveals the itchy energy inside...[he] builds towards the finale with a sense of the inscrutable and a pile-driver bite.” Classic FM Magazine, February 2012 *****

“Anyone wanting to hear an Italian orchestra play Mahler is likely to be fascinated and impressed by this performance...the Santa Cecilia Orchestra plays with a fine feeling for nuance and shape in the more tender music...there is a lot to admire in Pappano's account and while his view of its emotional trajectory doesn't engross me as I hoped it would, it is still starkly effective.” International Record Review, January 2012

“For my money, Pappano judges everything just right, from the chugging pulse of the cellos and basses at the very opening of the symphony, to the subtle rubato employed throughout the Andante. It is in the finale, though, where Pappano’s experience in the opera house is most evident.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 14th November 2011

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14th November 2011

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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde


Jane Henschel (mezzo-soprano) & Gregory Kunde (tenor)

Houston Symphony, Hans Graf

In 1907 Mahler suffered a series of severe losses. Following pressure, he resigned his position as Director of the Court Opera in Vienna. After his elder daughter Maria died, he himself received the diagnosis of a severe heart condition. During the summer of 1908, Mahler sketched Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), a ‘symphony for two vocal soloists and orchestra’. The texts, taken from Hans Bethge’s The Chinese Flute, are concerned with the themes of transience and loss, culminating in the overwhelming Der Abschied (The Farewell). The Houston Symphony and Hans Graf have recorded Zemlinsky and Berg on Naxos 8572048; ‘tonally sumptuous and emotionally expansive’. (Allmusic.com)

“the Houston Symphony proves itself a highly competent band” The Guardian, 3rd November 2011 **

“Although Jane Henschel, a frequent performer of Wagner and Strauss, finds herself on familiar ground, it's Gregory Kunde - generally a bel canto tenor - who remains the standout. I'm not sure how much of Kunde's refined elegance would soar above the orchestra in a live performance, but this is the first Das Lied recording in a long time that made me wish Mahler wrote more for the tenor.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2012

“From the first, scything horn cry, it's evident that this is going to be a Song of the Earth of real orchestral distinction...their lean but incisive quality makes for some real chamber-musical moments with the wind and brass, many of which tenor Gregory Kunde sensitively shares...Kunde can manages the impossibly high tessitura and never forces his voice.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2012 ****

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A Concert for New York

A Concert for New York

In Remembrance and Renewal - The Tenth Anniversary of 9/11


Mahler:

Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'


The New York Philharmonic - America’s preeminent symphony orchestra - gave “A Concert for New York” to mark the tenth anniversary of the events of 9/11. What work could be better suited to the occasion than Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony with its “evocation of every aspect of life” and “its profound sense of hope”, as the Philharmonic’s Music Director Alan Gilbert put it? This concert became an unforgettable event, a “consistently impressive” performance with “gripping playing”, “magnificent” soloists and an “excellent” chorus (New York Times).

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“Alan Gilbert has the right sense of momentum and expectation” BBC Music Magazine, January 2012 ***

“Mahler’s extravagance must be appealing to DVD producers. With this music there’s a wide dynamic range and huge forces to watch...it’s predictably an emotive occasion. And Alan Gilbert’s performance is pretty sound, even if you crave a little more recklessness and excess. The recorded sound is a little raw, and you do get a feel for the sheer terror which this symphony can evoke” The Arts Desk, 14th December 2011

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A Concert for New York

A Concert for New York

In Remembrance and Renewal - The Tenth Anniversary of 9/11


Mahler:

Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'


The New York Philharmonic - America’s preeminent symphony orchestra - gave “A Concert for New York” to mark the tenth anniversary of the events of 9/11. What work could be better suited to the occasion than Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony with its “evocation of every aspect of life” and “its profound sense of hope”, as the Philharmonic’s Music Director Alan Gilbert put it? This concert became an unforgettable event, a “consistently impressive” performance with “gripping playing”, “magnificent” soloists and an “excellent” chorus (New York Times).

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“Alan Gilbert has the right sense of momentum and expectation” BBC Music Magazine, January 2012 ***

“Gilbert's is an account that, at least initially, seems determined not to wear its heart on its sleeve. But then it scarcely needs to...de Young's lustrous Wagnerian instrument makes an undoubted impact in the 'Urlicht' ...Roschmann's heartfelt contribution is another definite plus, pitch-perfect or not...However, this DVD release is not designed solely for those focused on music-making. Presentation and packaging signify a ritual of remembrance.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2012

“There's a certain interpretative cautiousness apparent in Gilbert's reading from the outset...The playing is very good throughout, and never lacks for conviction - this is a wonderful orchestra on excellent form - but what left me less satisfied was a shortage of imagination in Gilbert's conducting...Whatever reservations I might have about the performance are perhaps a side issue to the real significance of the event itself” International Record Review, February 2012

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