Gustav Mahler

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Kathleen Ferrier: The Complete EMI Recordings

Kathleen Ferrier: The Complete EMI Recordings


Bach, J S:

Mass in B minor, BWV232: Christe eleison

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano)

Wiener Symphoniker, Bruno Walter

Mass in B minor, BWV232: Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris

Wiener Symphoniker, Bruno Walter

Mass in B minor, BWV232: Et in unum dominum

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano)

Wiener Symphoniker, Bruno Walter

Mass in B minor, BWV232: Agnus Dei

recorded in rehearsal in Vienna on 15th June 1950

Wiener Symphoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Brahms:

Liebestreu, Op. 3 No. 1

recorded on 30th September 1944

Gerald Moore (piano)

Feinsliebchen, du sollst mir nicht barfuß gehen (No. 12 from Deutsche Volkslieder, WoO 33)

recorded on 30th September 1944

Gerald Moore (piano)

Elgar:

My work is done (from Dream of Gerontius)

recorded on 30th September 1944

Gerald Moore (piano)

Gluck:

Che faro' senza Euridice? (from Orfeo ed Euridice)

recorded on 30th September 1944; sung in English as 'What is life to me without thee?'

Gerald Moore (piano)

Orfeo ed Euridice

performed in the 1889 Ricordi Edition; recorded live on 10th July 1951

Kathleen Ferrier (Orfeo), Greet Koeman (Euridice), Nel Duval (Amore)

Chorus & Orchestra of the Netherlands Opera, Charles Bruck

Greene, M:

I will lay me down in peace

recorded on 30th September 1944

Gerald Moore (piano)

O praise the Lord

recorded on 30th September 1944

Gerald Moore (piano)

Handel:

Spring is coming (from Ottone)

recorded on 20th April 1945

Gerald Moore (piano)

Come to me, soothing sleep (from Ottone)

recorded on 20th April 1945

Gerald Moore (piano)

Mahler:

Kindertotenlieder

recorded on 4th October 1949

Wiener Philharmoniker, Bruno Walter

Nun will die Sonn so hell aufgehn (Kindertotenlieder)

alternative take previously unissued; recorded 4th October 1949

Wiener Philharmoniker, Bruno Walter

In diesem Wetter, in diesem Braus (Kindertotenlieder)

alternative take previously unissued; recorded 4th October 1949

Wiener Philharmoniker, Bruno Walter

Mendelssohn:

Ich wollt' meine Lieb' ergösse sich, Op. 63. No. 1

sung in English as 'I would that my love'; recorded on 21st September 1945

Isobel Baillie (soprano), Gerald Moore (piano)

Gruss, Op. 63 No. 3

sung in English as 'Greeting'; recorded on 21st September 1945

Isobel Baillie (soprano), Gerald Moore (piano)

Purcell:

Sound the trumpet, beat the drum, Z335

recorded on 21st September 1945

Isobel Baillie (soprano), Gerald Moore (piano)

Let us Wander not Unseen (based on music from The Indian Queen, Z630)

recorded on 21st September 1945

Isobel Baillie (soprano), Gerald Moore (piano)

Shepherd, shepherd, leave decoying (from King Arthur, Z628)

recorded on 21st September 1945

Isobel Baillie (soprano), Gerald Moore (piano)


Kathleen Ferrier (contralto)

Issued to mark the centenary of Kathleen Ferrier’s birth, this 3CD set brings together for the first time all the EMI recordings by this great contralto, including two previously unissued tracks. In addition the booklet features three EMI publicity photos rarely seen since she first signed a contract with HMV/Colombia in 1944

Kathleen Ferrier (22 April 1912–8 October 1953) remains one of the best-loved British singers of our time. The eminent vocal expert Alan Blyth wrote of her in 1998: ‘Kathleen Ferrier, a legend in her own lifetime, has certainly become one since her untimely death in 1953. Her professional life, lasting little more than a decade, saw her rise from the obscurity of appearing with choirs in the north of England to the eminence of an international career in the company of such conductors as Barbirolli, Walter and Klemperer. It was an extraordinary transformation in every respect, but one wholly justified by the dignity and conviction of her singing and the commitment of her interpretations.’

CD1 begins with four test recordings of pieces by Gluck, Brahms and Elgar recorded by producer Walter Legge in June 1944 but not issued until 1978. Ferrier signed a one-year contract with EMI in September 1944 and her first commercial release was the two arias by the Baroque composer Maurice Greene that follow. Then come two Handel solos and five duets with soprano Isobel Baillie of compositions by Purcell and Mendelssohn. These completed Ferrier’s EMI contract and she then moved to Decca.

In 1949 Ferrier came back to EMI to record Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder in London with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Bruno Walter, the great Mahlerian who had introduced Ferrier to this work, which closes CD1

CD2 begins with four items recorded at a rehearsal in June 1950 for a concert of the Bach Mass in B Minor in Vienna with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra conducted by Karajan. EMI was setting up its recording equipment in the Musikvereinssaal for another project while the rehearsal was taking place and the engineer, as a test, turned on the tape machine to capture, almost complete, these four precious Ferrier tracks, which include two solos and two duets with the soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.

Then comes a complete performance of Ferrier’s signature operatic role, that of Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice by Gluck. This live recording dates from a radio broadcast in July 1951 in Amsterdam.

CD3 concludes with two bonus tracks; these are reserve takes of the first and the fifth movements of Kindertotenlieder being issued here for the first time. This work was originally recorded on 12-inch waxes, with a tape machine running as safety back-up, as was EMI’s practice in 1949. Masters from the waxes were used for most of the original 78-rpm sides, but for the release of the work on CD, the back-up tapes were used, and these reserve ‘takes’ have also survived.

“plenty of treats on EMI’s contribution to the celebration” New York Times, 23rd November 2012

“The voice is unique, its emotional power palpable after all these years.” The Observer, 16th April 2012

“The voice is unmistakable: richly textured, darkly coloured, ringed with nobility, sadness too...In some tracks she almost sounds like the darker sibling of counter-tenor Alfred Deller, another vocal wonder of the time. But the resemblance is fleeting. And as this set proves, the longer Ferrier sang the more uniquely expressive she became. Even now, almost 60 years on, her death still leaves a hole.” The Times, 20th April 2012 ****

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Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Mahler: Symphony No. 5


Duisburger Philharmoniker, Jonathan Darlington

Jonathan Darlington and the Duisburger Philharmoniker released a very successful recording of Mahler’s 6th Symphony a few years ago and this is an equally convincing recording. This series provides the natural spontaneity of the concert hall, combined with well honed recording techniques which can communicate the most minute nuances.

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Mahler: Symphony No. 3

Mahler: Symphony No. 3


Michaela Schuster (alto)

Güzenich-Orchester Köln, Mädchen und Knaben der Chöre am Kölner Dom, Damenchor der Oper Köln, Markus Stenz

The next disc in the hugely acclaimed series. Symphony No.2 (OC647) was a Classic FM Editor’s Choice: “All the enormity and intimacy of Mahler’s Second Symphony is here to be savoured.”

“this performance starts out particularly well. Stenz is good at grabbing the listener's ear with the dramatic gesture...More crucially...[he] keeps a firm grasp of those transition moments in Mahler that separate mere traffic cops on the podium from those conductors fully able to link shifting personnel indicated in the score with the music's underlying emotional content.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2012

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François-Xavier Roth conducts Mahler & Webern

François-Xavier Roth conducts Mahler & Webern


Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Webern:

Im sommerwind (Idyl for large orchestra) (1904)


Sinfonieorchestre Baden-Baden und Freiburg, François-Xavier Roth

This CD introduces François-Xavier Roth, the charismatic new Principal Conductor of SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg. He has chosen two youthful works to serve as a foundation for his future work with the orchestra.

“Roth's fresh Mahler boasts beautifully transparent orchestral balance and avoids undue emotional histrionics. The early Webern tone-poem is compelling.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2012 ****

“Roth has consciously chosen to downplay the very personal idiosyncrasies in Mahler's music that so many other conductors have played up...Rather than being positioned apologetically as an indiscretion, the Webern comes off with full Romantic force, much in the same musical mind as Mahler and fully equal to the First Symphony in its youthful enthusiasm.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2012

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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde


This performance was recorded in Chicago on 20th February 1958.

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Daniel Barenboim & CSO: R. Strauss, Mahler & Schoenberg

Daniel Barenboim & CSO: R. Strauss, Mahler & Schoenberg


Mahler:

Symphony No. 5

Das Lied von der Erde

Waltraud Meier (mezzo-soprano) & Siegfried Jerusalem (tenor)

Schoenberg:

Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4

5 orchestral pieces, Op. 16

Klavierstücke (3), Op. 11

Daniel Barenboim (piano)

Kleine Klavierstücke (6), Op. 19

Daniel Barenboim (piano)

Strauss, R:

Don Quixote, Op. 35

Don Juan, Op. 20

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

Samuel Magad (violin)

Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64

Symphonic Fantasy on Die Frau ohne Schatten, TrV234a


Teldec - 2564663163

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Mahler: Kindertotenlieder

Mahler: Kindertotenlieder


Busoni:

Berceuse élégiaque, Op. 42

arr. Erwin Stein

Mahler:

Kindertotenlieder

arr. Rainer Riehm

Piano Quartet (in one movement) in A minor

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

arr. Arnold Schoenberg


Sara Mingardo (contralto)

Musici Aurei, Luigi Piovano

Luigi Piovano and Sara Mingardo choose a different perspective on the music of Gustav Mahler, through the eyes of Arnold Schoenberg.

A great admirer of Mahler and founder of the Society for Private Musical Performance in Vienna in the 1920's, Schoenberg and his followers transcribed several works by Mahler for chamber ensemble. The programme for this disc traces an imaginary concert typical of these private concerts. Music lovers know Sara Mingardo as a baroque specialist but here she brings to these arrangements a warmth of tone, whilst the colours of the orchestrations are rendered with great finesse and breathtaking dynamics by Aurei Musici, led by Luigi Piovano.

“Mingardo is a natural partner for this work with her extraordinarily rich contralto depths and interpretive capabilities. She delivers Mahler's literally breathtakingly long lines with effortlessly poised legato control. Her vocal tone is another delight, its warm bloom creating a lovely counterfoil to the viscerality of her accompaniment...one of the most expertly compiled and emotively performed you'll find around.” bbc.co.uk, 23rd March 2012

“Sara Mingardo’s expressive range lends variety, intimacy and a confiding directness. The songs are voiced very personally” International Record Review, November 2012

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'


Myung Joo Lee (soprano), Petra Lang (mezzo-soprano)

Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Motet Choir, The National Chorus of Korea, Seoul Metropolitan Chorus, Grande Opera Choir, Myung-Whun Chung

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Edition Staatskapelle Dresden - Volume 33

Edition Staatskapelle Dresden - Volume 33


Mahler:

Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'


Charlotte Margiono (soprano) & Jard van Nes (alto)

Chor der Sächsischen Staatsoper Dresden, Sinfoniechor Dresden & Staatskapelle Dresden, Bernard Haitink

“the strings have a warmly cosseting quality, the winds are mellifluous, the brass powerful but cleanly focused...The voices are well balanced and Haitink's willingness to let the music breathe while never allowing it to sag (just listen to how the first movement gains momentum) benefits Mahler's structural design...A great recording, then” Gramophone Magazine, October 2012

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Editor's Choice - October 2012

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Music is the language of the heart and soul

Music is the language of the heart and soul

A portrait of Mariss Jansons


Mahler:

Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'


This is the only available documentary about Mariss Jansons from his early career until present day. Jansons himself relates the story of his youth and education, historical footage shows the young maestro with his mentor Herbert von Karajan and taking his first steps towards an international career.

Mariss Jansons is one of the leading conductors, performing with all the important orchestras in the world. Film maker Robert Neumüller observes Jansons in rehearsal for the New Year Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic, as well as working with the top orchestras he is currently heading, the Royal Concertgebouw and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

This 2 DVD-set includes a performance of Mahler Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection” with Mariss Jansons conducting the Concertgebouw Orchestra, one of the best orchestra’s in the world.

“Mariss Jansons is one of the best orchestra builders around.” The New York Times

“No conductor has a more extraordinary story to tell than Mariss Jansons.” The Independent

Running Time Total: 147 Minutes

Documentary: 53 Minutes

Concert: 94 Minutes

DVD: DTS 5.1, PCM Stereo

Subtitles Documentary and Symphony: Original language: German, English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean subtitles

“Most valuable is the footage of his father, conductor Arvid Jansons, and of his own early days as a Herbert von Karajan protege...Of Jansons's humanity and penetrating gifts as a conductor we hear heartfelt testimony from the pianist Lang Lang...the Mahler film fully displays Jansons's passionate physical engagement with the music.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2012 ***

“The humility everywhere apparent points to the fact that, while much in Jansons's background would indicate musical success...that success was far from assured...The presumptions in the documentary are put well into practice in Mahler's Second Symphony...Jansons deploys his stage forces with such seamless attention to the score that Mahler's eruptions become part of a preconceived plan and not spontaneous outbursts for their own sake.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2012

“the excerpts included in the documentary give evidence of his talent. Yet this documentary also offers some insights into Jansons' artistic temperament, which support the music which he interprets so well...Jansons captures the style of the work from the start, with a dramatically charged interpretation of the opening funeral march...The visual aspects of the DVD fit the music, with crisp images, realistic color and well-thought videography.” MusicWeb International, July 2012

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