Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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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'


Erika Sunnegårdh (soprano), Ricarda Merbeth (soprano), Christiane Oelze (soprano), Lioba Braun (alto), Gerhild Romberger (alto), Stephen Gould (tenor), Dietrich Henschel (baritone) & Georg Zeppenfeld (bass)

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Riccardo Chailly

Mahler’s Eighth Symphony is arguably the grandest and most ambitious piece of symphonic music ever written. The composer himself regarded it as his opus summum, and an incredible number of participants at the hugely successful Munich première in 1910 earned it the nickname “Symphony of a Thousand”. At Leipzig’s International Mahler Festival 2011, Riccardo Chailly commanded almost 500 musicians, and the overwhelming result of their joint effort inspired the Leipzig-based and internationally renowned artist Neo Rauch to the painting for the cover of this DVD.

Picture Format DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sound Formats DVD: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, PCM Stereo

Region Code: 0 (worldwide)

Running Time: 92:19 min

Disc Format: DVD 9

FSK: 0

Subtitles: German, English, French

“these are red-blooded performances. The Italian conductor has long been a respected Mahlerian, capable of welding the symphonies’ huge structures and quixotic moods into a coherent musical statement...They also convey the physical thrill of the “live” experience, with Erika Sunnegardh risking all in the high soprano lines” Financial Times, 15th October 2011 ****

“How good to see Riccardo Chailly so radiant at the end of this great event. It's an exhilaration he earns through sheer work as well as injecting the adrenalin at most of the right moments...Chailly holds the attention between movements and makes you realise how many soloists within the orchestra have to sing, too. His leader, the superb Sebastian Breuninger, assists him between blazes...Chailly's rendering leads the field on DVD.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ****

“Michael Beyer’s direction on this Accentus DVD is unobtrusive in the best possible way...The clarity and force of the choral sound is remarkable, especially that of the cheerful-looking GewandhausKinderchoir. You’ll reach the end of Part One spiritually transfigured...It’s an overwhelmingly affirmative experience, and Chailly brings out the joy as well as the solemnity.” The Arts Desk, 5th November 2011

“In exchanging ceremonial pomp and adrenaline-rush for an unforced, unmannered, surprisingly lyrical approach, Chailly unearths a wealth of rarely heard contrapuntal detail and secures a rare unanimity of response. The solo singers and here purely local choral forces are on the same exalted level as his venerable band whose dark transparency and unique, late-Romantic sound are, he believes, perfect for these scores.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2012

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DVD of the Month - January 2012

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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'


Erika Sunnegårdh (soprano), Ricarda Merbeth (soprano), Christiane Oelze (soprano), Lioba Braun (alto), Gerhild Romberger (alto), Stephen Gould (tenor), Dietrich Henschel (baritone) & Georg Zeppenfeld (bass)

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Riccardo Chailly

Mahler’s Eighth Symphony is arguably the grandest and most ambitious piece of symphonic music ever written. The composer himself regarded it as his opus summum, and an incredible number of participants at the hugely successful Munich première in 1910 earned it the nickname “Symphony of a Thousand”. At Leipzig’s International Mahler Festival 2011, Riccardo Chailly commanded almost 500 musicians, and the overwhelming result of their joint effort inspired the Leipzig-based and internationally renowned artist Neo Rauch to the painting for the cover of this Blu-ray.

Picture Format Blu-ray: Full HD

Sound Formats Blu-ray: DTS HD Master Audio, PCM Stereo

Region Code: 0 (worldwide)

Running Time: 92:19 min

Disc Format: BD 25

FSK: 0

“How good to see Riccardo Chailly so radiant at the end of this great event. It's an exhilaration he earns through sheer work as well as injecting the adrenalin at most of the right moments...Chailly holds the attention between movements and makes you realise how many soloists within the orchestra have to sing, too. His leader, the superb Sebastian Breuninger, assists him between blazes...Chailly's rendering leads the field on DVD” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ****

“these are red-blooded performances. The Italian conductor has long been a respected Mahlerian, capable of welding the symphonies’ huge structures and quixotic moods into a coherent musical statement...They also convey the physical thrill of the “live” experience, with Erika Sunnegardh risking all in the high soprano lines” Financial Times, 15th October 2011 ****

“In exchanging ceremonial pomp and adrenaline-rush for an unforced, unmannered, surprisingly lyrical approach, Chailly unearths a wealth of rarely heard contrapuntal detail and secures a rare unanimity of response. The solo singers and here purely local choral forces are on the same exalted level as his venerable band whose dark transparency and unique, late-Romantic sound are, he believes, perfect for these scores” Gramophone Magazine, January 2012

“Michael Beyer’s direction on this Accentus DVD is unobtrusive in the best possible way...The clarity and force of the choral sound is remarkable, especially that of the cheerful-looking GewandhausKinderchoir. You’ll reach the end of Part One spiritually transfigured...It’s an overwhelmingly affirmative experience, and Chailly brings out the joy as well as the solemnity.” The Arts Desk, 5th November 2011

GGramophone Magazine

DVD/Blu-ray of the Month - January 2012

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Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Mahler: Symphony No. 4


Mahler:

Symphony No. 4

Eva-Maria Rogner (soprano)

Wagner:

Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1


SWF-Sinfonie Orchester Baden-Baden, Hans Rosbaud

This recording of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony was made in Baden-Baden on 14th May 1959. The bonus is Wagner’s Parsifal Prelude from Act 1, recorded by the same orchestra on 25th October 1957.

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

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

Recorded at the Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv: 27.10.1963


Antal Doráti rose from being the youngest ever conductor of the Royal Opera House in Budapest to being appointed Conductor Laureate for Life of three orchestras. His influence on the world of music stemmed not only from his proficiency as a conductor but also from his contribution as a composer.

Recorded in Mono. Digitally remastered.

Helicon - 02-9642

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Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Volume 6

Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Volume 6

The Live Radio Recordings (1990-2000)


Bartók:

Duke Bluebeard's Castle, Sz. 48, Op. 11

January 6, 1990

Ildikó Komlósi (Judith) & Kolos Kovács (Bluebeard)

Iván Fischer

Piano Concerto No. 3, BB 127, Sz. 119

December 16, 1993

Martha Argerich (piano)

Claus Peter Flor

Beethoven:

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

March 10, 1991

Wolfgang Sawallisch

Berio:

Sinfonia

May 16, 1997

Swingle Singers, Luciano Berio

Berlioz:

Les Nuits d'été, Op. 7

March 19, 1999

Ann Murray (soprano)

Bernard Haitink

Brahms:

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

May 12, 1995

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 3 in D minor ‘Wagner Symphony'

November 8, 1996

Kurt Sanderling

Dallapiccola:

Liriche Greche per soprano e diversi gruppi strumentali

April 29, 1993

Lucy Shelton (soprano)

Reinbert de Leeuw

Debussy:

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

February 24, 1995

Jean Fournet

Diepenbrock:

Hymne an die Nacht No. 2 'Muß immer der Morgen wiederkommen?' for mezo-soprano solo & orchestra

October 10, 1997

Nathalie Stutzmann (alto)

Riccardo Chailly

Dutilleux:

L'Arbre des songes (Concerto for violin and orchestra)

February 2, 1991

Isabelle van Keulen (violin)

Charles Dutoit

Elgar:

Symphony No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 63

February 19, 1992

André Previn

Feldman, M:

Coptic Light

October 23, 1998

Peter Eötvös

Hindemith:

Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber

April 29, 1994

Riccardo Chailly

Ives, C:

Orchestral Set No. 1 'Three Places in New England'

April 18, 1998

John Adams

Loevendie:

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra

April 19, 1996

Ronald Brautigam (piano)

Riccardo Chailly

Lutosławski:

Concerto for Orchestra

February 18, 1993

Stanislav Skrowaczewski

Mahler:

Symphony No. 5

December 9, 1990

Klaus Tennstedt

Martin, F:

Concerto for 7 wind instruments, timpani, percussion & string orchestra

September 26, 1991

Riccardo Chailly

Messiaen:

3 Petites liturgies de la Presence Divine

January 21, 1994

Marc-André Hamelin (piano) & Jean Laurendeau (ondes martenot)

Women of the Netherlands Radio Choir, Charles Dutoit

Mozart:

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

January 29, 1997

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Pijper:

Zes symfonische epigrammen

March 19, 1999

Bernard Haitink

Ravel:

Ma Mère l'Oye

February 24, 1993

Bernard Haitink

Schoenberg:

Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4

October 27, 1995

Pierre Boulez

5 orchestral pieces, Op. 16

November 24, 1995

Mariss Jansons

Schreker:

Vom ewigen Leben

March 10, 2000

Claudia Barainsky (soprano)

Gerd Albrecht

Schubert:

Symphony No. 9 in C major, D944 'The Great'

November 1, 1996

Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Schumann:

Fantasie in C major for Violin and Orchestra, Op.131

May 12, 1995

Thomas Zehetmair (violin)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10

September 19, 1991

Sir Georg Solti

Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

June 11, 1999

Kurt Sanderling

Sibelius:

Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63

September 11, 1991

Paavo Berglund

Strauss, R:

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

June 11, 1999

Kurt Masur

Stravinsky:

Divertimento (symphonic suite from Le Baiser de la Fée)

April 27, 1997

Gennady Rozhdestvensky

Takemitsu:

A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal Garden

April 18, 1998

John Adams

Wagner:

Rienzi Overture

December 9, 1993

Mariss Jansons

Zemlinsky:

Symphonische Gesänge (7), Op. 20

October 10, 1993

Williard White (baritone)

Riccardo Chailly

Zimmermann, B A:

Trumpet Concerto in C 'Nobody Knows De Trouble I See'

June 29, 1995

Peter Masseurs (trumpet)

Edo de Waart


The Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is a transcription in sound of the concert-giving history of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, based upon radio recordings from the archives of Dutch Radio and Radio Netherlands World Service. Six decades of the 20th century are put under the spotlight in six boxes, each containing 14 CDs. The RCO have chosen not only legendary performances by chief conductors of the Orchestra but also concerts led by countless guest conductors of both greater and lesser renown. Famous soloists make their debuts alongside world premieres of works that have since become classics of the repertoire.

This sixth volume of the Anthology features the radio recordings made by the orchestra in the 1990s, presenting an overview on 14 CDs of the orchestra’s artistic development under various conductors during that period.

The RCO will celebrate their 125th anniversary in 2013, when Volume 7 will be issued and limited print runs of the early volumes.

“Hats off to the Royal Concertgebouw: this sixth installment of their 'Anthology' crowns what is without doubt the most impressive (certainly the most representative) recorded retrospective of any orchestra ever undertaken on disc...there's the expected wealth of varied interpretation, all of it well worth preserving...with this kind of evidence to hand, there's surely no valid reason to challenge this great orchestra's continued reign.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2011

GGramophone Awards 2012

Finalist - Historic

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - November 2011

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RCO Live - Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - RCO11004

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Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 plus Adagio of the 10th

Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 plus Adagio of the 10th


Mahler:

Symphonies 1-9 (complete)

Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major - Adagio


Beverley Sills, Florence Koploff & Natania Devrath

Utah Symphony Orchestra, Maurice Abravanel

Musical Concepts - MC182

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Klaus Tennstedt conducts Mahler

Klaus Tennstedt conducts Mahler


Mahler:

Symphony No. 3

Royal Festival Hall, London, 5 October 1986

Interview: Tennstedt discusses Mahler with Michael Oliver

BBC STUDIOS 1987


Klaus Tennstedt (1926–1998) was one of the great Mahlerians of his time and, over a period of 10 years, he recorded a Mahler cycle in the studio with the LPO where he was music director from 1983 to his retirement due to ill health in 1987.

This recording has never been issued before and is sourced from the BBC’s master tapes.

This 1986 performance from London’s Royal Festival Hall differs from the studio recording made in the late 1970s. As Michael McManus states in his booklet notes, ‘Fine though the studio recording from 1979 was and is, this live performance has an intensity and integrity that few, if any, recordings of this work can match’ and ‘Tennstedt in concert was a very different creature from Tennstedt in the studio. Mahler in particular was a lifeand-death experience in the concert hall’.

The sound captured by the BBC engineers is state of the art and easily captures Mahler’s huge dynamic range.

As a bonus, there is a short interview from 1987 in which Tennstedt discusses Mahler interpretation with Michael Oliver.

“This is an overwhelming experience. Tennstedt’s studio recordings of Mahler are impressive, but his concerts with the LPO at the Festival Hall were something different — among the greatest performances I have ever heard. This Mahler 3, given on October 5, 1986, is on fire from the first note. The Tennstedt strengths (huge dynamic range, maximum vividness of instrumental colour) strike you like a blow.” Sunday Times, 11th September 2011

“They are almost unbearably intense, recorded live as the pressures of illness loomed over the conductor. The intensity is palpable on the CD of the Third Symphony...but it is visible on the DVD of the Fifth: Tennstedt's unique way was to let the music unfurl with total freedom (and some vagueness) and then galvanise its climax with frightening concentration.” The Observer, 18th September 2011

“This is not the spick and span, vibrato-lite Mahler somewhat in vogue today...yet something special is going on, especially when the stick is discarded for much of the long-breathed, old-world, unashamedly subjective Adagietto...[Meier] contributes more than the statutory stoical poise...Exuding integrity, his finale is again straightforward, by no means unduly slow. Fortunately the sound is good.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2011

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Klaus Tennstedt conducts Mahler

Klaus Tennstedt conducts Mahler

Royal Festival Hall, London, 13 December 1988


Mahler:

Symphony No. 5


Klaus Tennstedt (1926–1998), a renowned Mahlerian, conducted this live performance at the Royal Festival Hall a year after stepping down as the LPO’s Principal Conductor.

Issued here for the first time on DVD, this same live performance was hailed as ‘legendary’ by Michael McManus in the Gramophone and has been released on CD by EMI.

Tennstedt’s 1978 studio recording of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony is described in one edition of the Penguin Guide as ‘an outstanding performance, thoughtful on the one hand, warm and expressive on the other.’

This 1988 live performance is described in a later edition of the same guide as ‘more daring and more idiosyncratic than Tennstedt’s earlier studio recording, but the tension is far keener. The experience hits one at full force’. ‘The emotional tension of the occasion is vividly captured.’

This performance was the last time Tennstedt returned to Mahler 5 with the LPO and the highly personal and passionate interpretation justifies his reputation for outstanding live performances. According to Michael McManus, ‘The phenomenon that was Tennstedt in concert will never, can never, be recreated.’

1DVD

Sound format: Ambient Mastering

Picture format: 4:3

Running time: 76’

Subtitles: n/a

Menu languages: English

Booklet languages: E/F/G

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“The performance epitomises the combination of immensely detailed precision and overwhelming expressive intensity that Tennstedt's many admirers found so special about his Mahler...it includes long takes of Tennstedt himself, revealing his refusal to play to the gallery. Moreover, the DVD is touching: the uncharismatic figure who strides to the podium with such determination is plainly an unwell man, but his weariness never shows for long.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ****

“This Fifth, from the RFH in December 1988, is an entertaining watch. It’s raw, physical, raucous and, most crucially, dangerous...there’s magic in watching this frail figure conjure up sounds of such ferocity. And the physicality of Tennstedt’s approach, glasses perennially on the point of sliding off his perspirant nose, is joyfully reflected in the London Philharmonic’s playing” The Arts Desk, 14th December 2011

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

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


Mahler:

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Kindertotenlieder

Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)


Hermine Haselböck (mezzo-soprano) & Russell Ryan (piano)

The Austrian mezzo-soprano Hermine Haselböck, winner of the Vienna Musikverein's Alexander Zemlinsky Prize, sings three of Gustav Mahler's great song cycles, accompanied by pianist Russell Ryan. Hermine Haselböck's other Bridge CDs include Lieder by Franz Schreker with baritone Wolfgang Holzmair and pianist Russell Ryan, BRIDGE9259); and Lieder by Alexander Zemlinsky (with pianist Florian Henschel, BRIDGE9244).

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Mahler: Symphony No. 3

Mahler: Symphony No. 3


Michelle DeYoung (mezzo soprano), Peter Sullivan (solo trombone) & George Vosburgh (post horn)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh & Children’s Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh, Manfred Honeck

After the successful release by the highly regarded Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra of recordings of two of Gustav Mahler’s symphonies, No. 1 in D major (EXCL00026) and No. 4 in G major (EXCL00048), this two channel double SACD set features a live performance of the composer’s massive Third Symphony in D minor.

Considered to be one of the best modern day interpreters of Gustav Mahler’s music, the Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck began his career as conductor of Vienna's Jeunesse Orchestra, which he co-founded, and as assistant to Claudio Abbado with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in Vienna. After several highly successful guest appearances as conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, he was appointed its Music Director in 2008.

Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 in D minor was written between 1893 and 1896 and is the longest symphony in the standard repertoire. It has five movements and features a large orchestra, chorus, children’s choir, and female soloist.

“There are many glorious things in here: the ethereally distant posthorn in the Scherzo, or the sudden eruption of raw elemental power at the end of the movement. Michelle de Young's 'O Mensch!' is suitably mesmerising, and the children's 'Bimm, bamm' bell effects in the fifth movement are splendidly lacking in Anglo-Saxon embarrassment. The recording captures everything with vivid fidelity.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ****

“The great cinemascopic vistas that are summoned up by those eight unison horns at the start are quite remarkable for their depth, breadth and thunderous immediacy. Manfred Honeck (clearly a Mahlerian to reckon with) and his engineers are especially impressive in catching the gaudy splendour of the first movement...The orchestral playing is pretty tremendous throughout...More than a little special, then, in marvellous sound.” Gramophone Magazine, Gramophone 2011

“this is a notably successful new version...First, there's the playing: this orchestra has a long and distinguished recording history...but it can seldom have sounded as magnificent as it does here...Next, there's Manfred Honeck's conducting...it's one of the most successful readings I've heard of the work in recent years...As for the sound, it's marvellous” International Record Review, January 2012

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - November 2011

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