Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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Quadromania: Gustav Mahler, The Essential Symphonies (1938-1947)

Quadromania: Gustav Mahler, The Essential Symphonies (1938-1947)


Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Dimitri Mitropoulos

Symphony No. 4 in G major

Jo Vincent (soprano)

Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, Willem Mengelberg

Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Bruno Walter

Symphony No. 9 in D major

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Bruno Walter


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Quadromania: Otto Klemperer, Maestro Mistico (1949-1951)

Quadromania: Otto Klemperer, Maestro Mistico (1949-1951)


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

Vienna Symphony Orchestra

Mahler:

Das Lied von der Erde

Anton Dermota (tenor), Elsa Calvetti (mezzo-soprano)

Vienna Symphony Orchestra

Mozart:

Die Zauberflöte, K620: Overture

Budapest State Opera Orchestra

Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K183

Berlin RIAS Orchestra

Symphony No. 38 in D major, K504 'Prague'

Berlin RIAS Orchestra

Serenade No. 6 in D major, K239 'Serenata Notturna'

Berlin RIAS Orchestra

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Guiomar Novaes (piano)

Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra


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Rafael Kubelik: Portrait (1946-1954)

Rafael Kubelik: Portrait (1946-1954)


Bartók:

Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, BB 114, Sz. 106

Thomas Glenecke (percussion), Lionel Sayers (percussion), George Schick (piano), Irwin Fischer (celesta), Edward Metzenger (timpani), Allan Graham (percussion)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Berlioz:

La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Ballet des Sylphes

Philharmonia Orchestra

Dvorak:

Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

Philharmonia Orchestra

Hindemith:

Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Janacek:

Sinfonietta

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Mendelssohn:

A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, Op. 21

Philharmonia Orchestra

Mozart:

Don Giovanni, K527: Overture

Philharmonia Orchestra

Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K384: Overture

Philharmonia Orchestra

La clemenza di Tito, K621: Overture

Philharmonia Orchestra

La finta giardiniera, K196: Overture

Philharmonia Orchestra

Der Schauspieldirektor, K486: Overture

Philharmonia Orchestra

Symphony No. 38 in D major, K504 'Prague'

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Schoenberg:

5 orchestral pieces, Op. 16

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Smetana:

The Bartered Bride Overture

Philharmonia Orchestra

The Bartered Bride: Three Dances (Polka, Furiant, Skocná - Dance of the Comedians)

Philharmonia Orchestra


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

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


Emilia Cundari (soprano), Maureen Forrester (contralto)

New York Philharmonic, Westminster Choir, Bruno Walter

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Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Live Recording 24/8/1950


Beethoven:

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

Mahler:

Symphony No. 4 in G major

Irmgard Seefried (soprano)


The Salzburg Festival has always been diverse in its repertoire, and this is also reflected in these Salzburger Festspiel Dokumente 2010. Dominated by birthday boys, among both the composers and the interpreters, Gustav Mahler’s works naturally have to be represented here, as the Salzburg Festival played a major role in his rediscovery soon after the Second World War.

Thus it was in 1950 that Bruno Walter returned to Salzburg with the Fourth Symphony. Mahler was the man who had discovered Walter and furthered his career and Walter had a quarter of a century earlier given the Fourth Symphony’s Salzburg première with the Vienna Philharmonic. He returned to conduct the symphony with the same orchestra in 1950, and as his soloist he brought Irmgard Seefried, whose voice was suitably joyful, yet also sounded as if lost in reverie. The symphony was followed by a gripping performance of Beethoven’s Egmont Overture.

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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'


Frances Yeend, Uta Graf, Camilla Williams (sopranos), Martha Lipton (mezzo), Eugene Conley (tenor), Carlos Alexander, George London (bass)

Westminster Chorus, Schola Cantorum New York, Public School Manhattan Chorus & New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

This performance was recorded in Carnegie Hall, New York in 1950. The choirs are Westminster Chorus, Schola Cantorum New York and the Public School Manhattan Chorus.

Recorded on 6th April 1950

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111 Years of DG: The Collector’s Edition 1

111 Years of DG: The Collector’s Edition 1


Auber:

La muette de Portici: Overture

Orchestre Lamoureux, Paris, Igor Markevitch

Bach, J S:

The Art of Fugue, BWV1080

Emerson String Quartet

Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV1007-1012

Pierre Fournier (cello)

Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV1067

Musica Antiqua Köln (on authentic instruments), Reinhard Goebel

Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV1042

Hilary Hahn (violin)

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane

Concerto for Oboe & Violin in C minor, BWV1060

Hilary Hahn (violin) & Allan Vogel (oboe)

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane

Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV1043

Hilary Hahn (violin) & Margaret Batjer (violin II)

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane

Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV1041

Hilary Hahn (violin)

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane

Mass in B minor, BWV232

Maria Stader (soprano), Herta Töpper (contralto), Ernst Haefliger (tenor) & Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (bass)

Münchener Bach-Chor & Münchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter

Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV565

Helmut Walcha (organ)

Trio Sonata No. 1 in E flat major, BWV525

Helmut Walcha (organ)

Chorale Partita BWV768 'Sei gegrusset, Jesu gütig'

Helmut Walcha (organ)

Prelude & Fugue in E flat major, BWV552 'St Anne'

Helmut Walcha (organ)

Chorale Preludes II, BWV645-650 'Schübler Chorales'

Helmut Walcha (organ)

Beethoven:

String Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op. 59 No. 1 'Rasumovsky No. 1'

Amadeus Quartet

String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131

Amadeus Quartet

Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 'Waldstein'

Emil Gilels (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a 'Les Adieux'

Emil Gilels (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'

Emil Gilels (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2 'Tempest'

Hélène Grimaud (piano)

Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op. 80

Live recording

Hélène Grimaud (piano)

Swedish Radio Choir & Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Gundula Janowitz (soprano), Hilde Rössel-Majdan (contralto), Waldemar Kmentt (tenor) & Walter Berry (bass)

Berliner Philharmoniker & Wiener Singverein, Herbert von Karajan

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferdinand Leitner

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 'Emperor'

Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferdinand Leitner

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlos Kleiber

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlos Kleiber

Zärtliche Liebe 'Ich liebe dich', WoO 123

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) & Hubert Giesen (piano)

Adelaide, Op. 46

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) & Hubert Giesen (piano)

Resignation, WoO 149

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) & Hubert Giesen (piano)

Der Kuss, Op. 128

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) & Hubert Giesen (piano)

Berlioz:

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Orchestre Lamoureux, Paris, Igor Markevitch

Bernstein:

West Side Story

Kiri Te Kanawa, José Carreras, Tatiana Troyanos, Marilyn Horne & Kurt Ollmann

Leonard Bernstein

Brahms:

Hungarian Dances, WoO 1 Nos. 1-21 (complete)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Double Concerto for Violin & Cello in A minor, Op. 102

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin) & Antonio Meneses (cello)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Cherubini:

Anacréon Overture

Orchestre Lamoureux, Paris, Igor Markevitch

Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Martha Argerich (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 'Marche funèbre'

Martha Argerich (piano)

Prelude Op. 45 in C sharp minor (No. 25)

Martha Argerich (piano)

Prelude Op. posth. in A flat major (No. 26)

Martha Argerich (piano)

Nocturnes Nos. 1-21 (complete)

Maria João Pires (piano)

Études (12), Op. 10

Maurizio Pollini (piano)

Études (12), Op. 25

Maurizio Pollini (piano)

Corigliano:

Fantasia on an Ostinato

Hélène Grimaud (piano)

Debussy:

Préludes - Book 1 (12, complete)

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano)

Images pour piano - Books 1 & 2

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano)

Dvorak:

Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

Berliner Philharmoniker, Rafael Kubelik

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'

Berliner Philharmoniker, Rafael Kubelik

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Handel:

Sonata in G major for two violins and strings, Op. 5 No. 4

Musica Antiqua Köln (on authentic instruments), Reinhard Goebel

Haydn:

Symphony No. 88 in G major

Berliner Philharmoniker, Wilhelm Furtwängler

Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

Krystian Zimerman (piano)

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa

Totentanz, S126 for piano & orchestra

Krystian Zimerman (piano)

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125

Krystian Zimerman (piano)

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa

Mahler:

Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, Gustavo Dudamel

Mendelssohn:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25

Lang Lang (piano)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim

Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 'Italian'

Berliner Philharmoniker, Lorin Maazel

Symphony No. 5 in D major, Op. 107 'Reformation'

Berliner Philharmoniker, Lorin Maazel

Monteverdi:

Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)

Ann Monoyios (soprano), Marinella Pennicchi (soprano), Michael Chance (countertenor), Mark Tucker (tenor), Nigel Robson (tenor), Sandro Naglia (tenor), Bryn Terfel (bass) & Alastair Miles (bass)

The English Baroque Soloists (on authentic instruments), His Majesties Sagbutts & Cornetts, The Monteverdi Choir & The London Oratory Junior Choir, John Eliot Gardiner

Mozart:

Requiem in D minor, K626

Edith Mathis, Hans Haselböck, Julia Hamari, Norbert Balatsch & Wieslaw Ochman

Konzertvereinigung, Wiener Staatsopernchor & Wiener Philharmoniker,, Karl Böhm

Orff:

Carmina Burana

Gundula Janowitz (soprano), Gerhard Stolze (tenor) & Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone)

Schöneberger Sängerknaben & Chor und Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Eugen Jochum

Pachelbel:

Canon & Gigue

Musica Antiqua Köln (on authentic instruments), Reinhard Goebel

Pärt:

Credo

Live recording

Hélène Grimaud (piano)

Swedish Radio Choir & Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen

Praetorius, M:

Lutheran Mass for Christmas Morning

Gabrieli Consort & Players (on authentic instruments) & Boys’ Choir and Congregational Choir of Roskilde Cathedral, Paul Mccreesh

Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Stanislaw Wislocki

Prelude Op. 32 No. 1 in C major

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Prelude Op. 32 No. 2 in B flat minor

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Prelude Op. 23 No. 2 in B flat major

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Prelude Op. 23 No. 4 in D major

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Prelude Op. 23 No. 7 in C minor

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Ravel:

Boléro

Orchestre de Paris, Daniel Barenboim

Pavane pour une infante défunte

with Myron Bloom (solo horn)

Orchestre de Paris, Daniel Barenboim

Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 2

Orchestre de Paris, Daniel Barenboim

La Valse

Orchestre de Paris, Daniel Barenboim

Sarasate:

Navarra, Op. 33

David Oistrach (violin) & Igor Oistrach (violin)

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Franz Konwitschny

Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K20 in E major

Ivo Pogorelich (piano)

Keyboard Sonata K135 in E major

Ivo Pogorelich (piano)

Keyboard Sonata K9 in D minor

Ivo Pogorelich (piano)

Keyboard Sonata K119 in D major

Ivo Pogorelich (piano)

Keyboard Sonata K1 in D minor

Ivo Pogorelich (piano)

Keyboard Sonata K87 in B minor

Ivo Pogorelich (piano)

Keyboard Sonata K98 in E minor

Ivo Pogorelich (piano)

Keyboard Sonata K13 in G major

Ivo Pogorelich (piano)

Keyboard Sonata K8 in G minor

Ivo Pogorelich (piano)

Keyboard Sonata K11 in C minor

Ivo Pogorelich (piano)

Keyboard Sonata K450 in G minor

Ivo Pogorelich (piano)

Keyboard Sonata K159 in C major 'La caccia'

Ivo Pogorelich (piano)

Keyboard Sonata K487 in C major

Ivo Pogorelich (piano)

Keyboard Sonata K529 in B flat major

Ivo Pogorelich (piano)

Keyboard Sonata K380 in E major

Ivo Pogorelich (piano)

Schubert:

Winterreise D911

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone) & Gerald Moore (piano)

An Sylvia, D891

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) & Hubert Giesen (piano)

Lied eines Schiffers an die Dioskuren D360 (Mayrhofer)

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) & Hubert Giesen (piano)

Liebhaber in allen Gestalten, D558

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) & Hubert Giesen (piano)

Der Einsame, D800

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) & Hubert Giesen (piano)

Im Abendrot, D799

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) & Hubert Giesen (piano)

Ständchen 'Leise flehen meine Lieder', D957 No. 4

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) & Hubert Giesen (piano)

An die Laute D905

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) & Hubert Giesen (piano)

Der Musensohn, D764 (Goethe)

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) & Hubert Giesen (piano)

An die Musik D547

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) & Hubert Giesen (piano)

Schumann:

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120

Berliner Philharmoniker, Wilhelm Furtwängler

Dichterliebe, Op. 48

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) & Hubert Giesen (piano)

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Boulez

The Firebird

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Boulez

Petrushka

The Cleveland Orchestra, Pierre Boulez

Tchaikovsky:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23

Lang Lang (piano)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

David Oistrach (violin)

Staatskapelle Dresden, Franz Konwitschny

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Verdi:

Requiem

Maria Stader (soprano), Marianna Radev (mezzo-soprano), Helmut Krebs (tenor) & Kim Borg (bass)

RIAS-Kammerchor, Chor der St. Hedwigs-Kathedrale & RIAS-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay

Vivaldi:

Concerto for Violin Strings and Harpsichord in G minor RV331

World Premiere Recording

Giuliano Carmignola (violin)

Venice Baroque Orchestra, Andrea Marcon

Concerto for Violin Strings and Harpsichord in C RV190

World Premiere Recording

Giuliano Carmignola (violin)

Venice Baroque Orchestra, Andrea Marcon

Concerto for Violin Strings and Harpsichord in G minor RV325

World Premiere Recording

Giuliano Carmignola (violin)

Venice Baroque Orchestra, Andrea Marcon

Concerto for Violin Strings and Harpsichord in D RV217

World Premiere Recording

Giuliano Carmignola (violin)

Venice Baroque Orchestra, Andrea Marcon

Concerto for Violin Strings and Harpsichord in G RV303.

World Premiere Recording

Giuliano Carmignola (violin)

Venice Baroque Orchestra, Andrea Marcon

Trio Sonata, Op. 1 No. 12 for Two Violins & Continuo in D minor, RV 63 'La Follia'

Musica Antiqua Köln (on authentic instruments), Reinhard Goebel

The Four Seasons

Simon Standage (violin)

The English Concert (on authentic instruments), Trevor Pinnock

Wieniawski:

Étude-caprice, Op. 18 No. 2 in E flat major

David Oistrach (violin) & Igor Oistrach (violin)

Étude-caprice, Op. 18 No. 5 in E major

David Oistrach (violin) & Igor Oistrach (violin)

Étude-caprice, Op. 18 No. 4 in A minor

David Oistrach (violin) & Igor Oistrach (violin)


Ever since Beethoven wrote his last piano sonata and called it opus 111, the number 111 has enjoyed certain kudos in musical circles – of which we are proud to take advantage, as Deutsche Grammophon celebrates its 111th anniversary in 2009. 111 years is a lot of history, and we have tried to squeeze into an array of products – both on CD (also available on download) and on DVD – the “flavour” of the label, and to give an idea of its culture over 11 decades, The philosophy has always been “The greatest recordings by the greatest artists in the world” – something clearly borne by the releases now on offer, both in terms of sound quality and artistic merit.

This unique collection of 55 CDs forms DG’s major release in its 111th anniversary celebrations. The limited edition box set gathers together many landmark recordings – from the past to the present. Most of them appear complete, as originally programmed, in their original cover art – and several include additional material.

This is a great Library of Music, Artists and Recordings extending from Abbado to Zimerman, Monteverdi to Pärt, Furtwängler to Dudamel – there’s never been anything quite like it before! The opulent deluxe box with hinged lid opens up to reveal the neatly stacked contents of 51 “original jacket” albums and the 150-page booklet.

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Mahler: Symphony No. 10

Mahler: Symphony No. 10


Chen Qigang:

Wu Xing (The Five Elements) suite for orchestra

Mahler:

Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major

Clinton Carpenter completion


The Singapore Symphony Orchestra under Music Director Lan Shui release a unique commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Mahler's birth, the first known video release of Symphony No. 10 as completed by Clinton Carpenter, on DVD.

Commemorating the 150th anniversary of Gustav Mahler’s birth is a very special release from The Singapore Symphony Orchestra and their Music Director, Lan Shui: a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 10 in the seldom heard completion by American musicologist Clinton Carpenter, on DVD. Recorded live in the spectacular Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore, this is the first known video release of Carpenter’s realisation of Mahler’s enigmatic final symphony. Adding to the uniqueness of the release is Wu Xing (The Five Elements), a work by one of today’s leading Chinese composers, Chen Qi-gang.

Commissioned by Radio France in 1998, Qi-gang’s popular Wu Xing was born out of the idea of wanting to write five short pieces, each representing a different symbol. “From there,” states Qi-gang, “the idea of representing the Five Elements musically was born.”

Bonus features include interviews with Lan Shui and photographs from the Mahler 10 recording sessions. The printed booklet is in English, French, German, Japanese & Chinese while the interview is spoken in English and subtitled in Chinese, French, Japanese and German.

The American Record Guide has compared Lan Shui’s achievements with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra to those of George Szell in Cleveland and Simon Rattle in Birmingham. He has recorded over a dozen discs that have garnered wide-spread acclaim.

Bonus material:

Interviews with Lan Shui on Mahler 10, Wu Xing

Spoken in English Subtitled in Chinese, Japanese, German, French

Total playing time including interviews: 107 minutes

“It’s a controversial version, but magnificently played by the Tonhalle, a fitting climax to this rewarding cycle.” Sunday Times, 23rd January 2011 ****

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Mahler: Symphony No. 10

Mahler: Symphony No. 10


Chen Qigang:

Wu Xing (The Five Elements) suite for orchestra

Mahler:

Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major

Clinton Carpenter completion


The Singapore Symphony Orchestra under Music Director Lan Shui release a unique commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Mahler's birth, the first known video release of Symphony No. 10 as completed by Clinton Carpenter, on DVD.

Commemorating the 150th anniversary of Gustav Mahler’s birth is a very special release from The Singapore Symphony Orchestra and their Music Director, Lan Shui: a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 10 in the seldom heard completion by American musicologist Clinton Carpenter, on DVD. Recorded live in the spectacular Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore, this is the first known video release of Carpenter’s realisation of Mahler’s enigmatic final symphony. Adding to the uniqueness of the release is Wu Xing (The Five Elements), a work by one of today’s leading Chinese composers, Chen Qi-gang.

Commissioned by Radio France in 1998, Qi-gang’s popular Wu Xing was born out of the idea of wanting to write five short pieces, each representing a different symbol. “From there,” states Qi-gang, “the idea of representing the Five Elements musically was born.”

Bonus features include interviews with Lan Shui and photographs from the Mahler 10 recording sessions. The printed booklet is in English, French, German, Japanese & Chinese while the interview is spoken in English and subtitled in Chinese, French, Japanese and German.

The American Record Guide has compared Lan Shui’s achievements with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra to those of George Szell in Cleveland and Simon Rattle in Birmingham. He has recorded over a dozen discs that have garnered wide-spread acclaim.

Bonus material:

Interviews with Lan Shui on Mahler 10, Wu Xing

Spoken in English Subtitled in Chinese, Japanese, German, French

Total playing time including interviews: 107 minutes

“It’s a controversial version, but magnificently played by the Tonhalle, a fitting climax to this rewarding cycle.” Sunday Times, 23rd January 2011 ****

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Mahler: Symphony No. 1

Mahler: Symphony No. 1

Recorded live at the Concert Hall of the Culture and Convention Centre Lucerne, 12 August 2009


Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Prokofiev:

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

Yuja Wang (piano)


“Like a cry of Nature”: thus the expression mark that opens Gustav Mahler’s First Symphony – and the programme of the Festival 2009 which takes up Nature as its guiding theme. Mahler, in the First Symphony, shaped the “cry of nature” into a musical vision of an entire human life in four stages – from a spring-like upsurge of feelings through desire and suffering, to the end of earthly existence and the entrance into Paradise.

The opening treats listeners to a spectacular début as the twenty-two-year-old Chinese pianist Yuja Wang plays Sergei Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto. In her Lucerne appearances she displays the full range of her artistry as Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto demands not only lyricism and intimacy but brilliance and virtuosity.

Claudio Abbado has realised a dream with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. The orchestra consists of an exclusive ensemble of handpicked musicians like Kolja Blacher and Sebastian Breuninger, Natalia Gutman, Clemens Hagen and Jens Peter Maintz.

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 (on Blu-ray No. 1, 2, 3 and 6) have already been released on EuroArts – have set new standards in interpretation of works by Gustav Mahler.

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Sounds formats BD: PCM 2.0, DTS HD Master Audio

Region code: All

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 79 mins

FSK: 0

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