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Benjamin Luxon, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Deborah Sasson, Faye Robinson, Florence Quivar, Gwynne Howell, Judith Blegen, Kenneth Riegel, Lorna Myers, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Deborah Sasson (Soprano), Florence Quivar (Contralto), Lorna Myers (Contralto), Kenneth Riegel (Tenor), Benjamin Luxon (Baritone), Gwynne Howell (Bass), James Christie (Organ), Faye Robinson (Soprano), Judith Blegen (Soprano), Tanglewood Festival Chorus (Chorus)
Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Boston Boys Choir, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa
1 Symphony No.1: 1. Langsam. Schleppend 15’33
2 Symphony No.2: 4. Urlicht (Baker/LSO) 7’18
3 Symphony No.3: 5. Lustig im Tempo 4’12
C. Ludwig/Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor/Wiener Sängerknaben
4 Symphony No.4: 2. In gemächlicher Bewegung 10’14
5 Symphony No.5: 4. Adagietto 12’10
6 Symphony No.6: 2. Scherzo. Wuchtig 13’06
7 Symphony No.7: 4. Nachtmusik II 14’44
8 Symphony No.8: 1. Hymnus “Veni, creator spiritus” 24’18
Moser/Blegen/Zeumer/Mayr/Baltsa/Riegel/Prey/van Dam/Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor/Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde/WienerSängerknaben
9 Symphony No.9: 4. Adagio 26’09
Deutsche Grammophon’s most successful Mahler release in recent years has been the magnificent box set (0734088) of the symphonies and Das Lied von der Erde on DVD with Leonard Bernstein, which has sold over 50,000 copies since it first came out in 2008.
As part of our 2010 Mahler celebrations, rather than produce a simple CD compilation of Mahler extracts, we thought: why not offer a traversal of Bernstein’s DVD cycle? Compiler Alan Newcombe has been able to put together a 120-minute single DVD that includes movements from each of Symphonies nos. 1 to 9 – almost like a mega-Mahler symphony rolled into one. It starts with the first movement of no. 1 and ends with the last movement of no. 9 (see tracklist below).
Here is Lenny in all his glory, coaxing performances of rare passion and sensibility from the Wiener Philharmoniker (there is one track with the London Symphony Orchestra, with Janet Baker as the soloist in Urlicht).
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Mahler - Symphony No. 2
This release contains two remasterings of the same performance
Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'
Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'
Compact disc 2 with Ambient Mastering (Ambient Mastering utilises very small frequency delays to give a sense of space and width to a mono, or very narrow stereo, recording. The amount of processing is determined by the mastering engineer. No artificial reverberation is added in this process, so that the natural acoustic of the original remains largely unaltered.)
Paul Baily – mastering engineer.
Klemperer once called Mahler his creator spiritus. But he told his biographer Peter Heyworth, “I’m not a silly, enthusiastic boy: I don’t like everything he wrote”. Despite having assisted the composer at a performance, Klemperer did not care for Mahler’s Third Symphony, nor for the Fifth. He gave up the First after just one attempt, and could never quite bring himself to conduct the Sixth or the Eighth – until the end of his life when a London concert of the latter became one of his unrealised fantasies for the New Philharmonia’s 1971/72 season. In autumn 1905, as a student in Berlin, he had conducted the off-stage band for performances of the Second given by Oskar Fried. Mahler himself attended and instructed Klemperer on how to get the proper effect he wanted from the brass – “blaring, but from a long way away”. He was pleased with the result and congratulated the young conductor. A short time later Klemperer played the first movement’s off-stage side-drum when Mahler took over from Arthur Nikisch to conduct the Third Symphony in Berlin. Determining now to call on the composer in Vienna for a reference, Klemperer, as visiting card, brought his own piano arrangement of the symphony, playing the Scherzo from memory (a reduction which seems to have been lost during Klemperer’s wartime years in America). Mahler wrote to his wife Alma how impressed he was and, eventually, wrote out a most complete testimonial on a visiting card: “Gustav Mahler recommends Herr Klemperer as an outstanding musician, who despite his youth is already very experienced and is predestined for a conductor’s career. He vouches for the successful outcome of any probationary appointment...”
From the booklet note Mike Ashman, 2010
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