Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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Paul Paray Live in Detroit

Paul Paray Live in Detroit


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19

recorded on 13th December 1960

Glenn Gould (piano)

Mahler:

Symphony No. 5

recorded on 12th November 1959

Mendelssohn:

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

recorded on 12th November 1959

Arnold Steinhardt (violin)


“Paray’s orchestral introduction [the Mendelssohn] is full of big-boned elegance. His uncluttered approach to internal balancing generally ensured that the music he most favoured was stripped of accretions and any fat...Paray brings to [the Mahler] a strong incisive rhythm combined with a sense of clarity and proportion familiar from his studio inscriptions.” MusicWeb International, 9th April 2014

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Mahler: Symphony No. 9

Mahler: Symphony No. 9


Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe, Justin Brown

The Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe, one of the oldest orchestras not only in Germany but also in the entire world, can look back on a rich tradition. The ensemble was established in 1662 as the court orchestra in the margrave residence at Durlach in Baden and developed from these beginnings to become an ensemble with a substantial national and international reputation. Renowned court musical directors of the orchestra such as Franz Danzi, Hermann Levi and Felix Mottl conducted numerous premieres and first performances including works by Hector Berlioz, Johannes Brahms and Béla Bartók. Brahms, Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss personally conducted the ensemble on several occasions.

Hermann Levi inaugurated regular subscription concerts in the 1860s, when the ensemble was still known as the court orchestra, and this tradition is still continued today by the Badische Staatskapelle in their symphony concert series.

British conductor Justin Brown enjoys an international reputation in both the symphonic and operatic fields. He is the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, as well as the General Music Director of the Badisches Staatstheater, Karlsruhe. In Karlsruhe he has been particularly celebrated for his conducting of 'Der Ring des Nibelungen', as well as the late operas of Verdi and Strauss.

Justin Brown has worked with many of the world’s top orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Dresden Philharmonic. Since beginning his opera career at the English National Opera and Scottish Opera, Justin Brown has conducted at Covent Garden, La Monnaie, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Oper Frankfurt, Opéra de Nantes, Opéra de Strasbourg, Teatro San Carlo/Lisbon, the Norwegian Opera and Bavarian State Opera in Munich.

“Justin Brown has talked of learning this symphony as a child from Horenstein's 1953 recording, and there's a loving expansive, Romantically saturated and somewhat blurry rhetoric common to them both.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2012

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Berio: Orchestral realisations of Schubert, Brahms & Mahler

Berio: Orchestral realisations of Schubert, Brahms & Mahler


Berio:

Rendering

Brahms:

Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120 No. 1

arr. Berio

Michael Collins (clarinet)

Mahler:

Hans und Grete (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

arr. Berio

Scheiden und Meiden (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

arr. Berio

Erinnerung (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

arr. Berio

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

arr. Berio

Frühlingsmorgen (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

arr. Berio

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

arr. Berio

Roderick Williams (baritone)


Berio had an abiding fascination with reconciling the past and the present, which can be seen in his orchestral realisations of works by Mahler and Brahms, and most notably, in Rendering (1990), his typically creative completion of unfinished symphonic sketches by Schubert.

In Rendering, Berio – in his own words – sets himself the target of ‘following those modern restoration criteria that aim at reviving the old colours without, however, trying to disguise the damage that time has caused, often leaving inevitable empty patches in the composition’. In the ‘restoration’, Schubert’s sketches have been beautifully orchestrated in period style, and the ‘empty patches’ have been filled with music composed by Berio himself, in his own voice – thereby successfully combining the musical worlds of the early nineteenth and late twentieth centuries into one convincing whole.

The Clarinet Sonata by Brahms embodies the composer’s taut and concentrated compositional style. In transcribing the work, Berio felt that, when experienced in the less intimate surroundings of today’s concert halls, the extreme compression of Brahms’s late chamber music style was in need of some additional support, and his version, recorded here, includes a fourteen-bar orchestral introduction to the first movement, leading into Brahms’s own, much shorter opening phrase, as well as five additional bars at the beginning of the second movement.

Berio completed his orchestration of six early songs by Gustav Mahler in 1987, and conducted the first performance with the Toscanini Orchestra on 7 December that year, with Thomas Hampson the baritone soloist. The six songs in this orchestrated set are ‘Hans und Grete’, ‘Phantasie’, ‘Scheiden und Meiden’, ‘Erinnerung’, ‘Frühlingsmorgen’, and ‘Ich ging mit Lust durch einen grünen Wald’.

The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Edward Gardner, with Roderick Williams the baritone soloist in the songs by Mahler and Michael Collins the soloist in Brahms’s Clarinet Sonata.

“Gardner shapes it all beautifully, and his soloists – Michael Collins in the Sonata, baritone Roderick Williams in the songs – are suave and refined.” The Guardian, 2nd February 2012 ****

“In a joyfully discombobulating programme, Luciano Berio's mischief-making orchestration of Mahler's "Six Early Songs" uses the Mahlerian paintbox in an almost anti-Mahlerian, jaunty fashion...Gardner conducts with élan, highlighting the clean attack of the Bergen strings.” The Independent, 12th February 2012 ****

“Gardner's phrasing of the central movement [is] a cousin to Brian Newbould's completion, and thus Rendering's periodic, unpredictable descent into twilit oblivion becomes all the more touching...Leaving balance issues to the engineers, Roderick Williams takes a relaxed, confiding approach, never less than suave even against the galloping rhythms of 'Scheiden und Meiden'.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2012

“[Berio's] versions of the Mahler songs are straightforward and affectionately sung by Roderick Williams...Berio himself looms larger in Rendering...The sound of the celesta, alien to Schubert, signals these departures into a dream world, which Gardner captures atmospherically. His assured sense of style in Schubert's material is compelling.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2012 ****

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A Musical Journey: Switzerland, Austria, Germany & Italy

A Musical Journey: Switzerland, Austria, Germany & Italy


Music by Mahler

The Places

The journey starts in Switzerland, in the canton of Thurgau, leading from Steckborn and the Bodensee to the Rhine Falls. From Styria, in Austria, comes Hochosterwitz Castle and from Bavaria Weikersheim Castle, the latter intercut with wild life from the Austrian Assling Nature Park. The tour ends amid the strangely shaped mountains of the Dolomites in Southern Tyrol, a region divided between Austria and Italy.

The Music

In a remarkable way Mahler, in his symphonies and songs, has seemed to reflect the twentieth century in all its bewildering variety and has now won an established place in concert repertoire. Distinguished as a conductor, his fame as a composer has grown over the years since his death. The music included here is Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, nicknamed Titan, not for its massive power, but after the book by Jean Paul, a strong influence over earlier romantics and over Mahler at this stage in his career. The symphony breathes the spirit of the Austrian countryside, reflected in Mahler’s songs.

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Weltgeheimnis

Weltgeheimnis

Lieder by Liszt, Mahler, Pizzetti & Rihm


Liszt:

Sonetti di Petrarca (3) for voice & piano, S270

Mahler:

Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)

Pizzetti:

Sonetti (3) del Petrarca

Rihm:

Späte Gedichte (4) von Friedrich Rückert


Christoph Pohl (baritone) & Tobias Krampen (piano)

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William Steinberg conducts Mahler, Elgar, Strauss and Prokofiev

William Steinberg conducts Mahler, Elgar, Strauss and Prokofiev


Elgar:

Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 'Classical'

Strauss, R:

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Don Juan, Op. 20

Der Rosenkavalier - Suite


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Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Mahler: Symphony No. 5


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Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 10

Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 10


Mahler:

Symphony No. 3

Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major - Adagio


Catherine Wyn-Rogers (contralto)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz

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Historical Moment in Bayreuth

Historical Moment in Bayreuth


Avni:

Prayer

Cohen, S:

Hatikvah

Liszt:

Angelus (1877) R. 389, S. 378

Mahler:

Ich atmet' einen linden Duft (Rückert-Lieder)

Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder! (Rückert-Lieder)

Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (Rückert-Lieder)

Um Mitternacht (Rückert-Lieder)

Dietrich Henschel (baritone)

Mendelssohn:

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

Wagner:

Siegfried Idyll


Israel Chamber Orchestra, Roberto Paternostro

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

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


American Symphony Orchestra - ASO220

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