Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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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.

Archipel Records - ARPCD0482

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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

Eloquentia - EL1233

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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

DG - 4764734

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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

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - October 2012

Profil Medien Edition Staatskapelle Dresden - PH07040

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Mahler: Symphony No. 9

Mahler: Symphony No. 9

Recorded at Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome, April 2004


Blu-ray Disc release of our highly successful DVD (2054008/9 - over 10,000 units sold).

Claudio Abbado is undeniably the supreme Mahler conductor of our time.

His longtime association with this repertoire culminates in this stirring performance of Mahler’s last Symphony, written shortly before the composer’s untimely death.

Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester is regarded as the world’s best youth orchestra.

The program is stamped by the special relationship between the maestro and the young orchestra founded by himself.

Liner notes by eminent Mahler scholar Donald Mitchell.

Picture format: 1080i Full HD - 16:9

Sound format: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio

Region code: 0

Booklet notes: English, German

Running time: 84 mins

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EuroArts Claudio Abbado Mahler Symphonies - 2054004

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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.

“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

BD: DTS-HD MA 5.1, PCM 2.0

“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

“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 preparation is scrupulous, featuring wonderful attention to detail. Every orchestral section displays immaculate intonation and ensemble, while the solos are always played with assuming virtuosity and the highest level of musicianship. The orchestra has always had a uniquely burnished sound that seems made for Mahler’s music.” MusicWeb International, December 2012

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Great Romantic Symphonies

Great Romantic Symphonies


Berlioz:

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Benvenuto Cellini Overture

Le carnaval romain Overture, Op. 9

Brahms:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

Dvorak:

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

Symphonic Variations, Op. 78

Franck, C:

Symphony in D minor

Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Mendelssohn:

Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 'Scottish'

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

Saint-Saëns:

Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 'Organ Symphony'

Schubert:

Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished'

Symphony No. 9 in C major, D944 'The Great'

Schumann:

Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 'Spring'

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120

Strauss, R:

Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64

Don Juan, Op. 20


Naxos Great Classics - 8501057

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Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Mahler: Symphony No. 5


William Caballero (horn) & George Vosburgh (trumpet)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck

This new 2 channel hybrid SACD of the 5th Symphony is the fourth release in a cycle of recordings of Mahler’s symphonies from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and its highly regarded conductor Manfred Honeck. The previous three have featured Symphonies No. 1(EXCL00026), No. 4 (EXCL00048), and No. 3 (EXCL000450). The last and most recent of these was picked as a Gramophone “Editor's Choice” in November 2011.

Considered to be one of the best modern day interpreters of Gustav Mahler’s music, the Austrian musical director Manfred Honeck began his career as conductor of Vienna's Jeunesse Orchestra, which he co-founded. He went on to become assistant to Claudio Abbado with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in Vienna. After several highly successful guest appearances as conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra he was appointed its Director of Music in 2008. Honeck conducted the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in a thrilling, acclaimed performance of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony at last year’s BBC Proms.

The Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor was composed in 1901 and 1902, mostly during the summer months at Mahler's cottage at Maiernigg. Among its most distinctive features are the funereal trumpet solo that opens the work and the frequently performed Adagietto, which was famously used in the film ‘Death in Venice’.

“As in their previous recordings of Mahler, Manfred Honeck continues to seek fresh insights through a scrupulous re-examination of Mahler's detailed markings and the superb Pittsberg brass continue to exalt in the wide-open spaciousness of their Heinz-Hall home-base.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2012 ***

“Honeck's account is big, bigger and biggest on pretty much every count. You have to possess a temperament compatible with Mahler's own to take the opening 'Trauermarsch' quite so broadly...And Honeck has fantastic instinct for Mahler's nodal points - those key moments where all the energy is concentrated...Pittsburgh's first horn is as spectacular as any on disc” Gramophone Magazine, September 2012

“[Honeck] generally favours a warm, Romantic, traditional sound and while he has a keen ear for balancing sonorities he is unafraid to give the brass their head...I find it to be very fine but without anything especially striking to say...Yet all is beautifully played in first-rate sound” MusicWeb International, July 2012

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Exton Manfred Honeck Mahler Symphonies - OVCL00460

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