Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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

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

Live From The Palais Des Beaux-Arts Brussels, 6 September 2009


La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra, Hartmut Haenchen

This exceptional performance is part of Haenchen’s Mahler Cycle with the La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra. Haenchen is particularly renowned and respected for his interpretations of Mahler and Wagner and has had a significant presence in many of the world’s leading opera houses including Netherlands Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Munich, Vienna and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

His high intellect and musical integrity can be experienced through the DVD note, which is an extract from a series of fictitious letters written by Haenchen from Mahler’s perspective – these are based on authentic documents and form a series of fourteen books.

He has made more than 120 recordings with his different orchestras (for Berlin Classics, Capriccio, Naxos, Pentatone, Philips, Sony Classical and Vanguard), and is the author of many books on music, including important studies of Wagner and Mahler.

This expressive and dramatic performance is captured live on film in LPCM Stereo and DTS 5.1 surround sound.

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Sound format: LCPM stereo

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Picture format: 16:9

Running time: 87’

Subtitles: n/a

Menu languages: English

Booklet languages: E/F/G

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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'


Ricarda Merbeth (soprano), Elza van den Heever (soprano), Elisabeta Marin (soprano), Stella Grigorian (alto), Jane Henschel (alto), Johan Botha (tenor), Boaz Daniel (baritone) & Kwangchoul Youn (bass)

Wiener Singakademie, Vienna Boys Choir, Slowakischer Philharmonischer Chor & ORF-Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bertrand de Billy

This CD is a live recording of a concert in March 2010, given in the Vienna Konzerthaus. It is particularly attractive due to the outstanding group of soloists, which includes Johan Botha, Jane Henschel and Kwangchoul Young. Bertrand de Billy also proves his ability to ring out the finest, subtlest music-making from even the largest orchestral and choral bodies.

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Mitropoulos conducts Mahler

Mitropoulos conducts Mahler


Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Recorded on 9th January 1960 at Carnegie Hall

Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra

Symphony No. 3

Recorded on 15th April 1956 at Carnegie Hall

Beatrice Krebs (contralto)

Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra

Symphony No. 5

Recorded on 2nd January 1960 at Carnegie Hall

Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra

Symphony No. 6 in A minor 'Tragic'

Recorded on 31st August 1959

WDR Symphony Orchestra

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

Recorded on 28th August 1960 at the Salzburg Festival

Mimi Coertse, Hilde Zadek (sopranos), Lucretia West, Ira Malaniuk (contraltos), Giuseppe Zampieri (tenor), Hermann Prey (baritone), Otto Edelmann (bass)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Wiener Sängerknaben, Wiener Staatsopernchor

Symphony No. 9

Recorded on 23rd January 1960 at Carnegie Hall

Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra

Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major - Adagio

Recorded on 17th January 1960

Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra


This set has been reissued by popular demand. It was originally offered as a belated tribute on the centenary of Dimitri Mitropoulos’ birth and presents some of his finest performance of Mahler. The original release received excellent reviews: “This is a fabulous collection: an orgy of great music interpreted greatly.” Fanfare. Included are Mahler’s Symphonies Nos. 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10.

Technical reconstruction by Maggie Payne

“The playing has a lacerating intensity...in rhythmic incisiveness and clarity of texture, in fluidity of tempo, in naked emotional power, he is an ideal Mahler conductor.” Sunday Times

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Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Mahler: Symphony No. 5


This recording was made in Leipzig on 3rd November 1948.

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Mahler par Scherchen

Mahler par Scherchen

Symphonies Nos. 1, 5 & 7


Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Recorded November 1954

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Symphony No. 5

Recorded July 1953

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Symphony No. 7

Recorded July 1953

Vienna State Opera Orchestra


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Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5

Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5


Mahler:

Symphony No. 4

Camilla Tilling (soprano)

Symphony No. 5


Live recording of Symphonies 4&5 from the 26th BBC Prom at Royal Albert Hall, London, 5th August 2010.

Under the baton of renowned conductor Valery Gergiev, the orchestra “gave exemplary performances”, as The Independent put it. Only performing on rare occasions, the World Orchestra for Peace is an ensemble of select players plucked from the world’s best orchestras.

Includes a fascinating 23 minutes Documentary about the orchestra founded by Sir Georg Solti.

2011 is the 100th anniversary of the death of Gustav Mahler.

“But the further this genially sunlit work progressed, the more it came together, and soprano Camilla Tilling's paean to the joys of Mahler's (very strange) child's-eye view of heaven made a gloriously serene climax.” The Independent

“The bucolic Symphony No. 4 was genial and fairly rapt in the finale, where Camilla Tilling was the expressive soprano soloist.” Financial Times

“…the World Orchestra for Peace gave exemplary performances of Mahler's Symphonies Nos 4 and 5, one serene and summery, Camilla Tilling the soprano soloist, the other passionate in its wintery maturity” The Independent

Running Time Total: 155 minutes

Symphonies: 132 minutes

Documentary: 23 minutes

Picture 16:9, colour

Sound PCM Stereo, DTS 5.1

(Bonus: PCM Stereo)

Subtitles Documentary: German,

English (original language)

Packaging NTSC: Amaray 1 DVD

Booklet English, German, French

“There is certainly a sense of holding in reserve in the Fourth Symphony...Camilla Tilling's brightly focused soprano is a plus in the finale. The Fifth Symphony displays far more drive and sharply characterised detail and draws some thrilling playing from the orchestra's principal trumpet and horn.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2011 ****

“Excitingly filmed and with fine playing” Classic FM Magazine, July 2011 ***

“One can only marvel at the collective skill and intuition that guides this tatterdemalion band through heavy-metal thrash second movement and at Gergiev's power of selective concentration, worthy of Karajan.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2011

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Mahler: Symphony No. 9

Mahler: Symphony No. 9

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Rafael Kubelik became acquainted with Mahler’s music as young man, inspired by the work of Bruno Walter, Erich Kleiber and Fritz Busch. It was Kubelik who instigated the revival of Mahler’s work, culminating in Kubelik being the first conductor to perform a complete Mahler cycle, which took place in Munich. This CD was recorded live on June 4, 1975 at the Bunka Kaikan Concert Hall, Tokyo.

“In short, this is one of the finest single-disc editions of this harrowing symphony available on disc.” Andante

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Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Recorded at the Lucerne Festival Hall, August 2004


Claudio Abbado is undeniably the supreme Mahler conductor of our time. He conducts the composer’s Fifth and most popular Symphony which became world-famous as the soundtrack to Visconti’s “Death in Venice”

The Lucerne Festival Orchestra has set new standards in the field of classical music with the participation of great soloists at the orchestra’s first desks, e.g. clarinetist Sabine Meyer, oboist Albrecht Mayer, violist Wolfram Christ, cellist Natalia Gutman and the Hagen Quartet.

Claudio Abbado is undeniably a supreme Mahler conductor and his best selling recordings with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra – symphonies No. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 (on Blu-ray No. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6) have already been released on EuroArts – have set new standards in interpretation of works by Gustav Mahler.

Special Feature: Multi-Angle. The DVD includes the option to switch to the “Conductor Camera” and experience Claudio Abbado from the orchestra’s perspective.

Picture format BD: 1080i Full HD - 16:9

Sounds formats BD: PCM 2.0, DTS HD Master Audio

Region code: All

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 84 mins

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“Lucerne's acoustically superb KKL hall has this handpicked orchestra sounding most impressive: so is the performance, in its supercharged way” BBC Music Magazine, December 2010 ****

“the recorded sound of this Abbado-handpicked orchestra is something special. So is the playing, which has a full-throated, epic splendour from start to finish, under the unobtrusive command of Abbado's conducting.” Classic FM Magazine, December 2010 ****

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David Curtis conducts Mahler & Berlioz

David Curtis conducts Mahler & Berlioz


Berlioz:

Les Nuits d'été, Op. 7

arr. Matthews

Mahler:

Symphony No. 4

arr. 1920 for Chamber Ensemble by Stein, reconstructed by Platt


Heather Shipp (mezzo-soprano)

Orchestra of the Swan, David Curtis

These two live recordings were recorded during the orchestra’s concert season at Birmingham Town Hall and the result is another unusual and innovative recording in SOMM’s catalogue. The orchestra perform with infectious enthusiasm and the Berlioz is a premiere recording of this version.

“Scaled back to a dozen instruments for one of Arnold Schoenberg’s private concerts, this skeletal version is played with great razzle-dazzle by musicians from the Orchestra of the Swan...A disc almost overstuffed with good things.” Norman Lebrecht, BBC Radio 3

“with so many full-orchestral recordings of each work available, do we need to hear these reduced ones? Two good reasons are top-flight instrumental playing (you won't hear much better anywhere), and the spelllbinding vividness of Heather Shipp's darkly gorgeous mezzo-soprano voice” Classic FM Magazine, June 2011 ****

“Just another Mahler Four? Far from it...Woodwind obbligatos and string glissandos bring out the symphony’s gypsy soul in this spirited performance under David Curtis, but the CD’s value lies just as much in the chance to hear the lovely Heather Shipp singing Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’Eté, in a chamber version by David Matthews.” Financial Times

“[the Mahler reduction] works stunningly well, as exemplified in this enthralling live performance by David Curtis and his Orchestra Of The Swan, with mezzo Heather Shipp...The detail of Mahler’s already chamber-like orchestration gleams with a pure light, enhanced further by the coupling: David Matthews’s arrangement for small group of Berlioz’s Nuits d’ete.” Glasgow Herald, 13th March 2011

“Various members of the Orchestra of the Swan sound like they're having fun - the cellist with some liberal portamento, the clarinettist with a Brahmsian introduction to the finale” Gramophone Magazine, July 2011

“How ingeniously [Stein] reduced Mahler's Fourth Symphony for chamber forces, and how well he retained essential colours...it is rather pleasing to hear Stein's alternative, especially in a buoyant performance such as this one, which finds the players of Orchestra of the Swan relishing their task and responding bright-eyed and bushy-tailed to David Curtis's quick and effective tempos.” International Record Review, April 2011

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Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 10

Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 10


Mahler:

Symphony No. 3

Recorded 27th March 1952

Hilde Rössel-Majdan (contralto)

Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major

Recorded live on 8th April 1953


The British-born conductor Charles Adler was a student of Mahler, so had a great feeling for the Mahler idiom. His concert performance of the Adagio and Purgatorio from the 10th Symphony are issued here for the first time. The set also includes Adler’s 1952 studio recording of the 3rd Symphony which served as an introduction to the score for many music lovers and even conductors such as Bernstein.

“The Vienna SO plays magnificently…Adler knows and loves this music, conducts it with unwavering conviction and draws a movingly committed response from his players…I do urge collectors to try this: I’ve found it a tremendously powerful experience.” International Record Review, March 2011

“The Third’s adagio finale unfolds in a measured way (26 minutes!) that draws out its profound humanity awesomely. No 10’s searing adagio has an unbeatable immediacy.” Sunday Times, 27th February 2011 ****

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