Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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Schumann: Kerner Lieder Op. 35

Schumann: Kerner Lieder Op. 35

plus songs by Wolf, Korngold & Mahler


Korngold:

Abschiedslieder (Songs of Farewell), Op. 14

Mahler:

Um schlimme Kinder artig zu machen (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Erinnerung (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

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

Aus! Aus! (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Schumann:

Gedichte (12) von Justinus Kerner Op. 35

Wolf, H:

Italienisches Liederbuch (selection)


Roderick Williams (baritone) & Helmut Deutsch (piano)

Described by Opera magazine as ‘Britain’s best baritone’, London-born Roderick Williams and leading pianist Helmut Deutsch perform an atmospheric Liederabend, featuring some of the most inspiring German songs of the 19th century. Immersing himself in the great range of moods portrayed through his programme, from the celebratory outpouring of praise in Wolf’s ‘Gesegnet sei, durch den die Welt entstund’ to the sorrowful resignation to heartbreak in Schumann’s ‘Alte Leute’, Williams’s dramatic narrations are emotionally engaging throughout. Complemented by Deutsch’s superlative pianism, this recording is unforgettably poignant – a ‘must have’ for lovers of Lieder.

“you can tell that he’s taken considerable trouble to study the poetry and to understand it so that he puts it across to his audience with exceptional intelligence. He also characterises the texts very well indeed..throughout this recital Roderick Williams’s use of his top register is quite superb...This is a marvellous, deeply satisfying lieder recital and we should be thankful that it’s been preserved on disc for a wide audience to savour.” MusicWeb International, December 2012

“the sense of a wondering fragile sensibility is communicated to us through his characteristic loving attention to words - and to the presence of his audience. This intimacy of communication and word-liveliness also makes bright vignettes of six love songs, sacred and profane, from Hugo Wolf's Italian Songbook...Williams and Deutsch are alert to every quicksilver mood-change.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2013 ****

“Williams gives consistent pleasure with his rounded high baritone and unexaggerated response to mood and character...Fading into reverie, the Kerner songs are a brave choice to end a recital. But Williams vindicates it with his blanched pianissimo, a wounded, disenchanted spirit withdrawing from the world.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2013

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Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'


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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde


Jennifer Johnson Cano (mezzo-soprano), Paul Groves (tenor)

St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, George Manahan

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Gennadi Rozhdestvensky conducts Mahler

Gennadi Rozhdestvensky conducts Mahler


Janacek:

The Fiddler's Child

Smetana Hall, Prague, 9 May 1979

Bela Dekany (violin)

Mahler:

Das klagende Lied

Royal Albert Hall, London, July 20th, 1981

Teresa Cahill (soprano), Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano), Robert Tear (tenor) & Gwynne Howell (bass)

with BBC Symphony Chorus & BBC Singers


Only the most eminent and respected Russian musicians were allowed extensive foreign tours in the early 1960s, and Gennadi Rozhdestvensky was awarded this status. He appeared several times in Britain, mainly with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and at Covent Garden. In 1971, he conducted the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra at the Proms. Rozhdestvensky became Artistic Director of the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (1974–77 & 1991–95), and principal conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra (1978–81) and Vienna Symphony Orchestra (1980–82). He worked with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chicago and Cleveland orchestras. He also is the honorary conductor of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra.

Rozhdestvensky was the first Russian-born conductor to perform and record all Mahler’s symphonies in his country.

Mahler’s Das klagende Lied is a rarity and here is performed live, complete in the original three-part edition The performance was reviewed by Gramophone magazine as follows: ‘Rozhdestvensky’s highly dramatic account of Mahler’s three-movement drama’.

The recording was first issued in 1995 but deleted shortly afterwards with the demise of BBC Radio Classics. The ICA version has been completely remastered, restoring the wide dynamics of Rozhdestvensky’s magnificent performance. The distinguished soloists feature Dame Janet Baker, one of the greatest Mahler interpreters of the twentieth century.

The CD also features another rarity – Janácˇek’s The Fiddler’s Child – from the 1979 Prague Festival. This live recording has never been issued before and is Rozdestvensky’s only taping of the work. Rozhdestvensky’s recordings of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.4 (ICAC5035) and Holst’s The Planets (ICAC5053) have received great critical acclaim.

ica classics Legacy - ICAC5080

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Virpi Räisänen: The Legacy of Mahler

Virpi Räisänen: The Legacy of Mahler


Berg:

Sehnsucht I

Er klagt, daß der Frühling so kurz blüht

Regen

Schliesse mir die Augen beide

Schliesse mir die Augen beide (1925 version)

Schlafen, schlafen, Op. 2 No. 1

An Leukon

Britten:

A Charm of Lullabies for mezzo-soprano and pianoforte, Op. 41 (1947)

Mahler:

Ablösung im Sommer (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

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)

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

Schoenberg:

Galathea

Einfältiges Lied

Der genügsame Lieb-haber

Shostakovich:

Two Fables of Krylov, Op. 4


Virpi Räisänen (mezzo-soprano) & Marita Viitasalo (piano)

Ondine is pleased to announce the debut release of charismatic mezzo-soprano Virpi Räisänen.

Having already performed as a successful violinist, Virpi Räisänen has since appeared as a singer at the Staatsoper in Berlin, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Netherlands Opera and the Salzburg Festival with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Ingo Metzmacher in Nono’s opera Al gran sole carico d’amore in 2009 and in the premiere of Wolfgang Rihms’s Dionysos in 2010.

Virpi Räisänen is equally at home with contemporary and baroque music with her beautiful timbre able to fit well with all genres.

Pianist Marita Viitasalo has performed extensively as Soile Isokoski’s accompanist, performing with her in recitals across the world since 1987. She plays chamber music in the Trio Finlandia and appears regularly with Scandinavian orchestras.

“With a Nordic timbre suggesting a genetic kinship with Karita Mattila, Räisänen's instrument is clear, clean and beautifully produced from a technical standpoint, with an extra something that's initially hard to put your finger on. Then, as the recital goes on, you realise a violinist's sensibility is at work...As much as her sound recalls Mattila, her vocal line is like Felicity Lott's...it's a highly impressive calling-card.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2012

“the precision of Raisenen's singing is most impressive, although it doesn't come across as cold or overly technical...Her sound is bright on top and her lower register is rich without being matronly. She is idiomatic in German, Russian and English...The only thing that I miss in her singing is communicative warmth and intimacy...Here is a singer to keep an ear on.” International Record Review, February 2013

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Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 1

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 1

and songs by Alma Maria Mahler


Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Mahler, A:

Die stille Stadt

Laue Sommernacht (text: Gustav Falke)

Licht in der Nacht (text: Otto Julius Bierbaum)

Waldseligkeit (text: Richard Dehmel)

In meines Vaters Garten

Bei dir ist es traut

Erntelied (text: Gustav Falke)

Barbora Polaskova (mezzo-soprano)


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

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


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Live: Strauss, Korngold & Mahler

Live: Strauss, Korngold & Mahler


Korngold:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Frantisek Novotny (violin)

Mahler:

Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)

Karla Bytnarova (mezzo-soprano)

Strauss, R:

Don Juan, Op. 20


Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Martin Turnovsky

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'


Lilli Paasikivi (mezzo), Miah Persson (soprano), New York Choral Artists (chorus)

New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert

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Bruno Walter’s Mahler: The Early New York Recordings

Bruno Walter’s Mahler: The Early New York Recordings


Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'


New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra & Westminster Choir, Bruno Walter

This account of the “Resurrection” is notably more rhetorical and dramatic than Walter’s several later recordings.

Bruno Walter had a missionary zeal for Mahler’s multidimensional music.

These are two previously unreleased recordings.

“The notion that Bruno Walter’s Mahler was “soft-centred” used to be a commonplace of English criticism...These [performances], previously unissued and taken from broadcasts from Carnegie Hall, New York, in 1942, confirm that his approach was anything but soft. They bristle with fierce energy and whiplash playing. No 1 is particularly impressive.” Sunday Times, 26th August 2012

“Rhetoric and searing drama charge the first movement with unprecedented levels of intensity...As to the closing minutes, no performance in my experience quite equals them for a sense of unbridled exhilaration, the Westminster Choir singing their hearts out like no other on disc. It'll likely move you to tears and I have no hesitation whatever in naming this the pre-eminent 'historic' Mahler Second” Gramophone Magazine, December 2012

GGramophone Magazine

Re-issue of the Month - December 2012

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