Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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Gustavo Dudamel & Los Angeles Philharmonic - The Inaugural Concert

Gustavo Dudamel & Los Angeles Philharmonic - The Inaugural Concert


Adams, J:

City Noir

world premiere

Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'


This DG concert will capture some of the highly-anticipated Los Angeles Philharmonic Opening Night Concert (8 October 2009) led by newly-appointed Music Director Gustavo Dudamel

"The 28-year-old Venezuelan conductor who has been taking the musical, and conducting, world by storm" (Gramophone) in his inaugural concert live from LA's Walt Disney Hall will lead the orchestra in Mahler's Symphony No. 1 in D Major.

The DVD will include a 25-minute documentary

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'

Recorded live in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center on November 20, 21, 22 and 25, 2008


24-page booklet, notes and biographies in English, French, German

CSO principal conductor Bernard Haitink leads a moving and noble performance of Mahler's immense Second Symphony, continuing his and the orchestra's successful exploration of Mahler's symphonies. The legendary CSO brass are at their finest, with stellar solos and ensemble playing from the woodwinds, strings and percussion.The Chicago Symphony Chorus sounds glorious in Mahler's triumphant finale, singing with sumptuous sound and immaculate diction. A musical force in Chicago and around the world, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of the finest international orchestras.

“…a scrupulously prepared mainstream reading that only hardened sceptics will dismiss as merely stolid. …Haitink's Urlicht is notable for the way Christianne Stotijn's rich mezzo is integrated within a silky orchestral texture. The finale is firm and objective, the distancing of offstage brass nicely calibrated and the first choral entry exquisitely hushed...” Gramophone Magazine, February 2010

“Portamento strings and raw yet refined brass timbre, especially, create vivid intensity. The fine soloists and beautifully blended, almost transcendentally pianissimo chorus are a bonus.” The Observer, 13th December 2009

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - February 2010

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Mahler: Symphony No. 3 in D minor

Mahler: Symphony No. 3 in D minor

Recorded live at the Concert Hall of the Culture and Convention Centre Lucerne, 19 August 2007


The best-selling Medici Arts DVD on the label now released on Blu-ray Disc.

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Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish

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"It’s different having best friends together. Everyone is there to enjoy making music, to take pleasure, to play with enthusiasm, with passion. They are prepared to do any crazy thing I ask them for the sake of the music. To fly, to walk through fire." (Claudio Abbado)

“One of the greatest Mahlerians alive today, Abbado conducting Mahler's Third Symphony with his own Lucerne Festival Orchestra is not to be missed. Whether you enjoy watching concerts on DVD is a matter largely of personal taste, but those wanting a close-up on Abbado's elegant fingers won't be disappointed. Mahler's Third charts a journey to transcendence from the origins of life - given primordial terror by the LFO brass, every solo amid the immaculate ensemble sound cherished with Abbado's grasp of overarching Mahlerian narrative. Anna Larsson is ethereal in the fourth movement's Nietzschian text, the finale a sublimely convincing interpretation of the transcendence of love.” The Times, 16th August 2008

“Mahler three of peerless concentration and shape. ...Claudio Abbado never forces the expressivity of the superband Lucerne Festival Orchestra; yet every colour and texture shines through. …the filming of the orchestra is faultless.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2008 *****

“Abbado draws a reading of such commitment, technical polish and interpretative acuity - wondrously linear and yet emotionally true, without a shred of vulgarity - that you can only marvel at Mahler's musical-metaphysical vision and Abbado's sensitive shaping of it.” Financial Times

“This truly is a genuine archive treasure” Classic FM Magazine

“Abbado's performance of this work at last year's Proms was the highlight of the season: all the reviewers were unanimous. Illness prevented him from then conducting it in New York (Boulez took over) but now we can see the 2007 Lucerne concert performance and marvel at its comprehensiveness and refinement. This really is the world's greatest chamber group, as Abbado intended it to be!” Hi-Fi News

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Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor


Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Rudolf Barshai

Mahler’s Fifth Symphony was completed in 1903, and subjected to immediate revision before the composer conducted the premier in Cologne in October the following year. For such a brilliant conductor and composer for the orchestra, the Fifth appears to have caused him much trouble, and he continued to revise and tinker with the score right up to his death in 1911. ‘I simply can’t understand why I make such mistakes, like the merest beginner’ he wrote, though it has since been viewed as one of his most popular and greatest works. The work opens like the Second with a long funeral march, and the famous Adagietto was made famous in the film ‘Death in Venice’. Rudolf Barshai’s performance of the Fifth with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie is regarded by many as one of the great performances this work has received on record. Barshai is usually associated with 20thcentury composers, and in particular Shostakovich and Prokofiev. He commissioned works from composers, and also was a skilled arranger as his famous version for string orchestra of Shostakovich’s Eighth String Quartet demonstrates. Sviatoslav Richter would only work with two conductors for many years: Benjamin Britten and Barshai. He is one of the great figures of 20th century music, and a very fine conductor as this recording of Mahler’s Fifth reveals.

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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Original Version


Hermine Haselböck (alto), Bernhard Berchtold (tenor) & Markus Vorzellner (piano)

The piano version does differ from the orchestral version in many respects. It is quite a challenge to do justice to the symphonic dimension of the work, but the piano is well able to reflect the textural alternation between the exhilarated orchestral “drunkenness” of the songs for tenor and the more tranquil, fragile songs for lower voice.

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Mahler: Symphony No. 7 in E minor

Mahler: Symphony No. 7 in E minor


Gustav Mahler’s strange and unworldly Symphony No. 7 is performed here by one of the great musical collaborations of the last 20 years, the internationally renowned conductor Mariss Jansons and the orchestra with which he originally came to prominence, the Oslo Philharmonic. Today Mariss Jansons is one of the most sought after conductors in the world.

Through their long collaboration Jansons and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra have developed a unique relationship. In the first couple of years of this century Jansons and the OPO did a number of concerts with Mahler’s symphonies. A set of Symphonies Nos 1 and 9 has already been released (PSC1270), and to follow this vibrant, exciting recording of the Seventh Symphony, there will be another – of Symphony No 3 – next year.

Of all Mahler’s symphonies, the Seventh has remained the most enigmatic. The orchestra is slightly smaller than Mahler had used for the Sixth Symphony, but he adds some unusual instruments, notably a tenor horn and cornet in the brass, and of course the mandolin and guitar for the second Serenade. The Symphony is particularly known for its central scherzo, which bears the unusual tempo-marking Schattenhaft (shadow-like).

“There’s a lithe energy and carefree sweep to the playing that is infectious...Jansons’ reading bears the stamp of his St Petersburg training: very classical, with not a shred of indulgence.” Financial Times, 2nd January 2010 *****

“A frankly provincial small-scale outfit of Janson's arrival in 1979, the Oslo Philharmonic is heard here towards the end of his tenure, unmistakably an ensemble of international stature, capable of remarkable feats of virtuosity and depth of tone. The central Scherzo is already over-lit, the finale remorselessly bright, yet with the string body sounding heftier than in a previous Jansons/Oslo pairing of the First and Ninth (7/03), this must be a contender for those who prefer their Mahler without too much grit and angst.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2010

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Between Life and Death - Songs & Arias

Between Life and Death - Songs & Arias


Bach, J S:

Komm süsser Tod, BWV478

Brahms:

Feldeinsamkeit, Op. 86 No. 2

Wie rafft' ich mich auf Op. 32,1 (v.Platen)

Loewe, C:

Edward, Op. 1 No. 1 (Herder)

Der Erlkönig, Op. 1 No. 3 (Goethe)

Mahler:

Urlicht (from Symphony No. 2)

Revelge (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (Rückert-Lieder)

Mendelssohn:

Neue Liebe, Op. 19a No. 4

Mozart:

Abendempfindung an Laura, K523

Schubert:

Schwanengesang D744 (Senn)

Auflösung, D807

Der Jungling und der Tod, D545 (Spaun)

Der Tod und das Mädchen, D531

Kriegers Ahnung D 957, No. 2

Schumann:

Stirb, Lieb’ und Freud! Op.35, No. 2

Tchaikovsky:

Kuda, Kuda 'Lensky's Aria' (from Eugene Onegin)

Weber:

Nein! länger trag' ich nicht die Qualen…Durch die Wälder (from Der Freischütz)

Wolf, H:

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

Anakreons Grab (No. 29 from Goethe-Lieder)

Ein Ständchen Euch zu bringen kam ich her (No. 22 from Italienisches Liederbuch)

Dereinst, Gedanke mein (No. 22 from Spanisches Liederbuch: Weltliche Lieder)


Christoph Prégardien (tenor) & Michael Gees (piano)

The selection of songs and arias on this double SACD set reflect on the fundamental question of life and death and cover a period of almost two centuries, the composers featured ranging from Bach through to Tchaikovsky. They are performed by one of the great lyric tenors of our age Christophe Prégardien, accompanied by the pianist Michael Gees. The common theme in the music of this recording is the most fundamental of all, existence itself, life and death. The composers represented are Bach, Mahler, Schubert, Schumann, Mozart, Brahms, Loewe, Wolf, Mendelssohn, and Tchaikovsky. The songs and arias performed here range over almost two centuries with eleven compositions and many musical forms, the simple song with piano accompaniment, the narrative, expansive ballad, the great opera aria and more.

Christoph Prégardien is widely regarded as among the foremost lyric tenors of our time and frequently collaborates with conductors such as Ricardo Chailly, John Elliot Gardiner, Nicolaus Harnoncourt, and Phillipe Herreweghe. He is represented on disc with more than a hundred and twenty titles, including most of his current repertoire. His recordings of German Romantic Lied repertory, particularly his recent releases on Challenge Classics of Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin, (CC72292), and Schwanengesang, (CC72302), have been highly acclaimed by the public and press and have received many major international awards.

“…far from being depressing, the programming here, both thoughtful and vividly imaginative, serves to stimulate the senses and lift the spirit. A fresh and unmannered introductory performance of Bach's 'Komm, süsser Tod' leads with both tonal and spiritual ease into an equally direct rendering of 'Urlicht' from Mahler's Second Symphony - artfully and beautifully accompanied by Gees. with a quietly impassioned and sensitively paced performance of Mahler's valedictory 'Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen', the final track fades into thin air, concluding an anthology to savour slowly, and return to many times.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2010 ****

“Such a programme demands exceptional resources in its singer, and there is probably no one presently more suited than Christoph Prégardien. His tenor, always centred as a high baritone, extends into the bass range right down to the low D of "Der Tod und das Mädchen". He can also call upon a silvery spiritual quality which serves well in songs such as Brahms's "Feldeinsamkeit" and as a final blessing over the whole recital in that last phrase of Mahler's "Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen". Michael Gees is one with the singer in the dedication of his own skills and in the imaginative sympathy that informs his touch.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2010

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Mahler: Symphony No. 7 in E minor

Mahler: Symphony No. 7 in E minor


Making a valid recording of the Seventh by Gustav Mahler places the most stringent requirements on the virtuosity of every individual musician in the orchestra. The task of bringing together the highly complex individual parts into a coherent whole – an undertaking that, when it succeeds, always has a a breathtaking effect, especially with Mahler – calls for a conductor capable of uniting the ensemble of individual solo-quality musicians into an overriding musical concept. Attesting to how convincingly Mariss Jansons and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks accomplished this feat at their Munich concert, the Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote: “We listened to an orchestra that had clearly reached the high point of its art.” The multi leveled, detail-rich score of this Mahler work – here in a recording based on the critical edition by the International Gustav Mahler Society – gains even more impact from the stunning technical reproduction using the high-definition SACD process. With his two grotesque “night music” sections, sounds of nature, naïve folk-tune motifs and trance-like orchestral tutti passages, the 7th Symphony is typical of Mahler’s sound world.

“The first 'nightmusic'… benefits from the hard work of Jansons the soundmaster, with downward plunges phenomenally clear and luminous woodwind trilling… the Rondo-Finale make [Mahler's] the best possible case for Mahler's clear-sighted depiction of communal exuberance. ...Jansons's judgment in tempo co-ordinations is superb here...” BBC Music Magazine, January 2010 ****

“...a depth and breadth of sound that really hits you...In sonic terms alone it’s breath-taking, but so is every other aspect of the Bavarians’ performance.” Financial Times, 2nd January 2010 *****

“The finale is breathtaking as a piece of orchestral alchemy, winds and brasses blending seamlessly into virtuoso and lustrous strings.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2009

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Klaus Tennstedt

Klaus Tennstedt


Glinka:

Ruslan & Lyudmila Overture

Recorded: Edinburgh Festival, Usher Hall, 28 August 1981

Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Recorded: Royal Festival Hall, London, 28 January 1990

Bonus: Tennstedt interviewed by John Amis, London, 1990.


The Mahler 1 broadcast from 1990 has never appeared before and represents Tennstedt's mature interpretation caught in brilliant stereo from the Royal Festival Hall recorded by the celebrated BBC producer Misha Donat.

Glinka's Ruslan & Ludmilla Overture is a new addition to the Tennstedt discography from the 1981 Edinburgh Festival

The CD is completed with a rare Tennstedt interview with the esteemed writer and broadcaster, John Amis, who discusses Mahler with the conductor.

Tennstedt's Mahler 7 (BBCL42242) has been an international best seller.

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Hausmusik

Hausmusik


Bittner, J:

Lieder

from Sechzehn Lieder; von Liebe & Treue und Ehe

Zueignung

Du bist wie eine Julinacht

Goldmark:

O willst mich nicht mitnehmen

Wollt’ er nur fragen?

Die Quelle

Korngold:

3 Lieder Op. 22

Laura’s Diary Scene from the opera Der Ring des Polykrates

When Birds do Sing

Mahler:

Frühlingsmorgen (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Erinnerung (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Hans und Grete (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Serenade aus Don Juan (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Wer hat dies' Liedlein Erdacht? (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Puccini:

Sole e Amore

Walter, B:

Die Lerche

Des Kindes Schlaf

Elfe

Zemlinsky:

Walzer-Gesänge


Sylvia Greenberg (soprano) & David Aronson (piano)

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