Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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

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

Tinter Edition Vol. 13


Canada National Youth Orchestra, Georg Tintner

Naxos Tinter Memorial Edition - 970022

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Mahler: Symphony No. 10 (Adagio) & Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht

Mahler: Symphony No. 10 (Adagio) & Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht

Tinter Edition Vol. 8


Mahler:

Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major - Adagio

Schoenberg:

Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4


Canada National Youth Orchestra, Georg Tintner

Naxos Tinter Memorial Edition - 970018

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Salon de Vienne

Salon de Vienne


Bartók:

Romanian Folk Dances, Sz.56 (arr. Székely for violin & piano)

Brahms:

Hungarian Dance No. 17 in F sharp minor

Dvorak:

Romantic Pieces (4) for Violin & Piano, Op. 75

Goldmark:

Romance in A major, Op. 51

Janacek:

On An Overgrown Path: Good Night

Kreisler:

Marche miniature viennoise

Schön Rosmarin

Liebesleid

Liebesfreud

Lehár:

Hab' ein blaues Himmelbett (Serenade from Frasquita)

Mahler:

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

Strauss, J, II:

Ischl-Walzer, Op. posth.

Strauss, R:

Der Rosenkavalier - Concert Waltz


Thomas Albertus Irnberger (violin) & Jörg Demus (piano)

Gramola - GRAM98903

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

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

Revised Edition by Renate Stark-Voit and Gilbert Kaplan (2006)


Ricarda Merbeth (soprano) & Bernarda Fink (mezzo soprano)

Netherlands Radio Choir & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mariss Jansons

2 SACDs & NTSC DVD

Recorded Live Concertgebouw Amsterdam 3, 4, 6 Dec 2009

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is steadfastly progressing with its Mahler cycle under the direction of its chief conductor Mariss Jansons. Following its releases of the First, Fifth and Sixth Symphonies, the orchestra now turns its attention to the Second and Third Symphonies (scheduled releasedate: spring 2011).

Jansons and his Amsterdam-based orchestra performed the Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3 in the 2009–10 season as part of the full, chronological series of performances given by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Gustav Mahler’s symphonies to commemorate his 150th birthday and the 100th anniversary of his death. Once again, Jansons stands out in these performances with his astonishingly keen eye for the minutest of details. Like no other, Jansons possesses the ability to integrate all this into virtually infinite overarching climaxes that can make listening to Mahler’s symphonies such an exciting experience.

Bonus DVD - Audiovisual recording of the 3rd December performance Recorded by AVRO television (Director Joost Honselaar)

"Sometimes I do feel more extroverted when conducting Mahler, probably because the whole world is contained within his symphonies. From cradle to grave to rebirth, it’s all there. The Second Symphony is a wonderful example of that. With a composer like Tchaikovsky, it’s all about his own existence, his own difficulties and his own survival. I don’t mean to say that Tchaikovsky is limited, but Mahler succeeds in writing about himself and about the world.” “Obviously, I do hope I interpret Mahler’s symphonies better now than I did as a young man. But that’s not an easy thing to hear, at least not in my tempos, simply because I always choose the tempo I feel in the moment. In music, there’s no such thing as an absolute tempo. Even a composer’s metronome markings don’t tell the whole story. I learned that from Mravinsky. He would always shout, “You have to forget Shostakovich’s metronome.” That’s why I hate it when people insist that a particular performance was too slow or too fast. That’s just a subjective opinion – certainly not a universal truth. “This music is so rich that I hope I can bring audiences closer to heaven with it. I will have succeeded in my mission if listeners go home with the feeling of having been in another world for two hours.” Mariss Jansons

“it's always a pleasure to hear warm Concertgebouw horns in noble ensemble, and the woodwind do beautiful things with the second of the heavenly visions in the [first] movement...Bernarda Fink is the model of feeling gravitas.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2011 ****

“[Jansons] give it urgency, propulsion and tautness of form...Bernarda Fink is outstanding in the "Urlicht", where an aching first oboe sounds almost like a mystical overtone of her voice...With Jansons the cataclysms have real clarity - you can hear what's going on without compromising the sense of spontaneous combustion.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2011

“The Royal Concertgebouw proves once again what a consummate body it can be when thoroughly engaged. Orchestral playing is immaculately voiced, the soundscape superbly balanced, the work's shape presented in one sweeping arc and steered like a freshly polished, custom-built limousine.” International Record Review, March 2011

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RCO Live Mariss Jansons Mahler Symphonies - RCO10102

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Mahler: Symphony No. 1

Mahler: Symphony No. 1


Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Blumine (original 2nd movement of Symphony No. 1)


Uppsala Kammarorkester, Paul Mägi

The Uppsala Chamber Orchestra is regarded by many as one of the finest chamber orchestras in Sweden. The orchestra is characterized by its flexibility in various styles, from early baroque to contemporary music, and its exquisite orchestral sound, both warm and lustrous. Paul Mägi took over from Howard Shelley in 2004 as the orchestra’s principle conductor. They perform on this new recording for Swedish Society, Mahler’s First Symphony.

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Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Recorded live at the Concert Hall of the Culture and Convention Centre Lucerne, 21/22 August 2010


Mahler:

Symphony No. 4 in G major

Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)


In Summer 2010 Claudio Abbado and his outstanding Lucerne Festival Orchestra performed another symphonic work by Gustav Mahler: the Symphony No. 4. Abbado combines the orchestral work (which features a solo soprano in the finale) with Mahler’s “Rückert-Lieder”. Soloist in both works is the Czech soprano Magdalena Kozena.

Magdalena Kožená does not only make the “heavenly joys” resound in the final movement of Mahler’s fourth symphony. Before that, she devotes herself to the seraphic beauty and intimate simplicity of Mahler’s Rückert Lieder.

Practically all the songs that Mahler composed prior to 1900 were based on texts from “Des Knaben Wunderhorn”, a collection of folk poems published by Clemens Brentano and Achim von Arnim. From then on, Mahler turned exclusively to a single poet - the Franconian orientalist and translator Friedrich Rückert. Mahler confessed that the poems moved him so deeply that he sometimes felt he had written them himself. In the transcendent final Lied, “Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen”, he also quoted a phrase from the Adagio of his 4th symphony. Asked what it meant, he said that it personified himself.

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

Picture format DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sounds formats DVD: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1

Region code: 0

Subtitles: English, German, French

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 88 mins

FSK: 0

“there's no-one...who lifts the phrases so beguilingly (and without a baton) as does Abbado. You'll never see a first movement done with bigger smiles or more wide-eyed wonder, nor the poco adagio heaven inflected as artistically as here from the master's goodlooking love-in orchestra, filmed with ingenuity as always by Michael Beyer's camera team.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2011 ****

“There are innumerable incidental beauties from all sections: the woodwind nothing short of sublime, the brass tactfully reticent, the strings perhaps most remarkable of all with their radiant pianissimos...Kožená sings with consummate technical control and intellectual understanding...Here is profoundly affecting artistry which for once lives up to the hype.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2011

“The most remarkable thing of all is the sense of intimacy that he achieves: this is Mahler conducting of the greatest insight, matched by playing of the highest quality, matched by pacing of the highest quality...I can't think of any other filmed performance of this symphony that I'd rather hear and watch...This is a DVD to cherish.” International Record Review, March 2011

DVD Video

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EuroArts Claudio Abbado Mahler Symphonies - 2057988

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Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Recorded live at the Concert Hall of the Culture and Convention Centre Lucerne, 21/22 August 2010


Mahler:

Symphony No. 4 in G major

Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)


In Summer 2010 Claudio Abbado and his outstanding Lucerne Festival Orchestra performed another symphonic work by Gustav Mahler: the Symphony No. 4. Abbado combines the orchestral work (which features a solo soprano in the finale) with Mahler’s “Rückert-Lieder”. Soloist in both works is the Czech soprano Magdalena Kozena.

Magdalena Kožená does not only make the “heavenly joys” resound in the final movement of Mahler’s fourth symphony. Before that, she devotes herself to the seraphic beauty and intimate simplicity of Mahler’s Rückert Lieder.

Practically all the songs that Mahler composed prior to 1900 were based on texts from “Des Knaben Wunderhorn”, a collection of folk poems published by Clemens Brentano and Achim von Arnim. From then on, Mahler turned exclusively to a single poet - the Franconian orientalist and translator Friedrich Rückert. Mahler confessed that the poems moved him so deeply that he sometimes felt he had written them himself. In the transcendent final Lied, “Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen”, he also quoted a phrase from the Adagio of his 4th symphony. Asked what it meant, he said that it personified himself.

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

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

Sounds formats BD: PCM 2.0, DTS HD Master Audio

Region code: All

Subtitles: English, German, French

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 88 mins

FSK: 0

“There are innumerable incidental beauties from all sections: the woodwind nothing short of sublime, the brass tactfully reticent, the strings perhaps most remarkable of all with their radiant pianissimos...Kožená sings with consummate technical control and intellectual understanding...Here is profoundly affecting artistry which for once lives up to the hype.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2011

“The most remarkable thing of all is the sense of intimacy that he achieves: this is Mahler conducting of the greatest insight, matched by playing of the highest quality, matched by pacing of the highest quality...I can't think of any other filmed performance of this symphony that I'd rather hear and watch...This is a DVD to cherish.” International Record Review, March 2011

“there's no-one...who lifts the phrases so beguilingly (and without a baton) as does Abbado. You'll never see a first movement done with bigger smiles or more wide-eyed wonder, nor the poco adagio heaven inflected as artistically as here from the master's goodlooking love-in orchestra, filmed with ingenuity as always by Michael Beyer's camera team.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2011 ****

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2

Mahler: Symphony No. 2


Mahler:

Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'

Silke Kaiser (soprano) & Cornelia Kallisch (mezzo)

Strauss, R:

Das Rosenband, Op. 36 No. 1

Felicity Lott (soprano)

Waldseligkeit, Op. 49 No. 1

Felicity Lott (soprano)

Wiegenlied, Op. 41 No. 1

Felicity Lott (soprano)

Freundliche Vision, Op. 48 No. 1

Felicity Lott (soprano)

Die heiligen drei Könige aus Morgenland Op. 56 No. 6

Felicity Lott (soprano)

Morgen, Op. 27 No. 4

Felicity Lott (soprano)


This new release on Cascavelle is a wonderful demonstration of the mastery of two great composers in the art of vocal music, delivered in very different styles. The recording was originally made in 1996 with the Mahler being ‘live’. The Strauss is a credit to Felicity Lott who is certainly showing that she was at the top of her vocal game on this recording.

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

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


This new 2-channel Hybrid SACD recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in D major, sometimes known as the ‘Titan’, features one of the most highly sought after conductors working today, Sakari Oramo, and the orchestra of which he is currently the Chief Conductor, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic.

The Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo's skill and commitment to the highest quality musicmaking have earned him the greatest respect and widespread admiration. He appears regularly with the word’s most prestigious orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, NDR Sinfonieorchester, the New York and Oslo Philharmonic orchestras, and was music director at the CBSO between 1999 and 2008. He has produced a number of highly-acclaimed recordings for Bis, (a Sibelius symphony cycle), Warner Classics and Hyperion. He has also been a recipient of numerous awards, including an Honorary OBE in recognition of his services to music.

Gustav Mahler composed his Symphony No. 1 in D major between 1884 and 1888, but made significant revisions to the work during 1894. It was premiered in Budapest in 1889, where it was presented as a five-movement piece under the title ‘Symphonische Dichtung in zwei Teilen’ (symphonic poem in two parts). In subsequent performances the piece was presented as ‘Titan’, eine Tondichtung in Symphonie-form (a tone poem in the form of a symphony). ‘Titan’ refers to the book of the same name by the German writer Jean Paul.

After further revisions, however, Mahler dropped the title, the descriptive movement titles, and the andante second movement, called ‘Blumine’.

“[Oramo] brings sounds and textures to our ears I've heard from no-one else...all the little dewy interjections at the dawn of time make their mark...The Stockholm musicians play very well for Oramo, with horns full and throaty when required and plenty of incisiveness in the finale's turbulent marching.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2011 ****

“Right from the initial bars it is clear that Oramo has the measure of the music's harmonic and tonal stasis...Circumspect to the last...Oramo makes the stark emergence of the finale more telling...The closing bars are of a piece with what went before in their incisive yet never unduly rhetorical finality.” International Record Review, March 2011

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Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G major

Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G major


Recorded at the Royal Festival Hall in February 2006, the next disc in Signum’s series of live orchestral recordings with the Philharmonia features the late Sir Charles Mackerras conducting Mahler’s Symphony No.4. The concert was a memorable one, as this review of that concert demonstrates:

“This performance was inspired and interesting … Setting off at a no-nonsense, fastish speed, Mackerras’s appreciation of the numerous changes of tempos was a miracle of refined music-making that enhanced the rustic joys of the first movement. What impressed so much was the innate humanity of this music that in other hands can come across as insincere. Numerous details were bought out in the music, not least gurgling bassoons, clarinets suggestive of birds, and flutes that effortlessly floated above the general melee. Each movement received wonderful care for the sentiment that lies behind the notes; the slow movement in particular was of a poise and serenity that was truly touching. The singing of Sarah Fox in the finale embellished the entire sense of naturalness that was enshrined in this memorable rendition, a triumph for the partnership of the Philharmonia Orchestra, on riveting form, and the venerable Mackerras.” ClassicalSource.com

“No one thinks of Mackerras as a Mahler specialist...yet this account of the Fourth Symphony stands comparison with any currently available on disc...Mackerras's performance has...vivid directness...almost astringent in the climaxes of the first movement, and using a daringly wide dynamic range in the spectral scherzo and the slow movement” The Guardian, 4th November 2010 *****

“the concerts played [in Queen Elizabeth Hall] had a special quality as the orchestra and its conductors were forced to rethink balance and timbre. This live recording captures that awkward, edge-of-your-seat magic...with a daringly folksy "In Gemächlicher Bewegung" and a "Ruhevoll" of stunning simplicity.” The Independent on Sunday, 28th November 2010

“The well-prepared Philharmonia strings (slightly reduced in number?) are lean and pristine throughout, albeit with no shortage of portamento, the woodwind and brass notably perky when it comes to illuminating the rustic minutiae of Mahler's invention...Sarah Fox's quick, silvery vibrato comes across with blessed naturalness” Gramophone Magazine, January 2011

“It's prime Charles Mackerras, capturing the essence of this symphony in the most memorable and life-enhancing manner as well as a comprehensive roll-call of the myriad qualities that made him such a special musician...The Philharmonia is with him every step of the way...this is quite literally a dream come true and one of the best memorials to a great conductor's art.” International Record Review, December 2010

“Repeatedly things catch the ear and impress with their rightness. The abrupt, non-transition back to the main theme in the first movement comes as the kind of jolt Mahler surely had in mind. The deliciously abrasive solo violin in the scherzo also feels just right.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2011 ****

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