Gustav Mahler


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Mahler: Symphony No. 3 in D minor

Mahler: Symphony No. 3 in D minor

"It’s different having best friends together. Everyone is there to enjoy making music, to take pleasure, to play with enthusiasm, with passion. They are prepared to do any crazy thing I ask them for the sake of the music. To fly, to walk through fire." (Claudio Abbado)

Recorded live at the Concert Hall of the Culture and Convention Centre Lucerne, 19 August 2007

“…Mahler three of peerless concentration and shape. ...Claudio Abbado never forces the expressivity of the superband Lucerne Festival Orchestra; yet every colour and texture shines through. …the filming of the orchestra is faultless.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2008 *****

“This truly is a genuine archive treasure” Classic FM Magazine

“Abbado draws a reading of such commitment, technical polish and interpretative acuity - wondrously linear and yet emotionally true, without a shred of vulgarity - that you can only marvel at Mahler's musical-metaphysical vision and Abbado's sensitive shaping of it.” Financial Times

“Abbado's performance of this work at last year's Proms was the highlight of the season: all the reviewers were unanimous. Illness prevented him from then conducting it in New York (Boulez took over) but now we can see the 2007 Lucerne concert performance and marvel at its comprehensiveness and refinement. This really is the world's greatest chamber group, as Abbado intended it to be!” Hi-Fi News

“One of the greatest Mahlerians alive today, Abbado conducting Mahler's Third Symphony with his own Lucerne Festival Orchestra is not to be missed. Whether you enjoy watching concerts on DVD is a matter largely of personal taste, but those wanting a close-up on Abbado's elegant fingers won't be disappointed. Mahler's Third charts a journey to transcendence from the origins of life - given primordial terror by the LFO brass, every solo amid the immaculate ensemble sound cherished with Abbado's grasp of overarching Mahlerian narrative. Anna Larsson is ethereal in the fourth movement's Nietzschian text, the finale a sublimely convincing interpretation of the transcendence of love.” The Times, 16th August 2008 *****

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Mahler - Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

Mahler - Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen


Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)


Revelge (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Der Tambourg'sell (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Der Schildwache Nachtlied (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Thomas Quasthoff (bass-baritone) & Hakan Hagegard (baritone)

Kölner-Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester, Gary Bertini

Israeli conductor Gary Bertini, chief conductor of the Radio Symphony Orchestra Cologne and director of music at the Frankfurt opera was well known for his wide symphonic repertoire which included acclaimed recordings of the complete Mahler Symphonies.

Collaboration between the maestro of the orchestra and one of the most remarkable contemporary singers can be nothing less than a great moment of Mahler interpretation. Phoenix Edition is delighted to bring together these two masters of the Mahler genre.

All the songs found their way into some of Mahler’s Symphonies; The “Songs of a Wayfarer”present throughout the First Symphony, songs from “The Youth’s Magic Horn“ found their way into the Second and Fourth Symphonies and the sentiments of the Rückert Lieder into Symphonies 5, 6 and 7. The “Kindertotenlieder” in particular contrast the polyphonic sound of wind phrases and the string cantilena with harp sounds reminiscent of the original piano versions.

Hakan Hagegard concludes this CD with songs about which the conductor Bruno Walter once observed: “Mahler found everything that moved his soul in the ‘Youth’s Magic Horn’; and even more, he found it described just as he himself perceived it to be: nature, piety, desire, love, leave-taking, death, the joy of youth […] – all of that was alive in him as it was alive in the poetry, and so his songs burst forth.”

“Gary Bertini guides crystal-clear Mahler. Quasthoff ranges confidently in the Wayfarer songs and blends restraint with searing emotional phrases in the Kindertotenlieder; Hagegård sounds a touch generic by comparison.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2008 ****

“faultless in tonal production and technical assurance: he always sings with thought for the text; word and note become as one.” Gramophone Magazine (on Thomas Quasthoff)

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Discover the Symphony

Discover the Symphony

Includes music by: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Berlioz, Brahms, Mahler, Sibelius, Elgar, Shostakovich, Lutoslawski and others.

Author: Andrew Huth

From modest beginnings in eighteenth-century Italy, the symphony soon developed into the highest form of western instrumental music at the hands of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. The symphony became a big, public form that used the community of the orchestra to address the community of the audience. After two and a half centuries of the most varied masterpieces, the symphony still remains an ideal means for the individual voice to convey a world of ideas and feelings to a wide audience. Discover the Symphony, comprising two CDs and a 100-page booklet, traces the colourful and exciting story of a musical form that has expressed the most intimate emotions of the greatest composers and at the same time reflected the fascinating and often turbulent state of the world in which they lived.

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The Art of Dmitri Mitropoulos Vol.2

The Art of Dmitri Mitropoulos Vol.2

Bach, J S:

Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV1050


Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21


Symphony No. 6 in A minor 'Tragic'


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

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16


String Quartet No. 2 in F sharp minor, Op. 10


Erwartung, Op. 17

Vaughan Williams:

Symphony No. 4 in F minor

Carmine Coppola, Mischa Mishakoff, Dimitri Mitropoulos (piano), Zino Francescatti, Pietro Scarpini, Astrid Varnay, Strings Of The Nbc Symphony Orchestra, Dorothy Dow

Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Nbc Symphony Orchestra, Dimitri Mitropoulos

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

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

It took Mahler over four years to complete his first symphony. The composer conducted the first performance in 1889 and received a hostile reception from press and public alike. It is now a favourite in concert halls around the world. The Bamberg Symphony Orchestra is led by their star conductor, Jonathan Nott, a conductor who is leading the orchestra to new heights. Their performances and recordings receive unprecedented praise wherever they are played.

“…this one of the best recorded accounts we've had since Kubelík and Bernstein… Nott, you feel, has got under Mahler's skin; Gergiev is merely offering an impersonation.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2008

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - August 2008

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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'

Annelies Kupper, Ilona Steingruber, Dorothea Förster-Georgi, Maria von Ilosvay, Ursula

Zollenkopf, Lorenz Fehenberger, Hermann Prey & Franz Crass

NDR-Sinfonieorchester und Kölner Rundfunkchor, Chor der Hamburger Musikhochschule Städtischer Chor Hamburg & Knabenchor der Oberschule Eppendorf, Winfried Zillig

recorded Hamburg, Musikhalle, November 29/30, 1954

Gala - GL100806

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Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

Gustav Mahler composed his Fifth Symphony in the summers of 1901 and 1902 whilst staying at Wörthesee in the Austrian Alps, and the influence of nature around him is unquestionable, particularly in the third movement. Elsewhere, Mahler’s personal life is reflected in the themes of death, marital love and exuberant joy.

Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London, on 16 January 2008

“This performance of Mahler's Fifth Symphony at the Royal Festival Hall in London in January was enthusiastically reviewed; issued now on the London Philharmonic's own label it seems much more ordinary, and no match for a number of the accounts already in the catalogue...Though the wonderfully fine-grained playing of the LPO, spotlighted in the Adagietto, shows again that [Van Zweden] is a conductor who knows what he wants and how to get it, the lack of tension or any sense of real drama in this symphony is frequently troubling - one can get away with a subdued account of the first movement, for instance, but only if something much more muscular and assertive is provided in the second - however likable much of Van Zweden's approach is.” The Guardian, 6th June 2008 ***

“The Dutch conductor Jaap van Zweden, one-time leader of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, has an instrumentalist's inside view of the music, allowing you to marvel at the composer's contrapuntal mastery with renewed admiration. There is also a sweep to the performance, and plenty of energy, with the Adagietto played as a tender intermezzo rather than as a scene-grabbing indulgence. The whole orchestra plays magnificently, but it would be remiss not to commend the firmly focused solo trumpet and subtly inflected obbligato horn.” The Telegraph, 21st June 2008

“This performance has a sense of purpose and excitement. Van Zweden, a former leader of the Concertgebouw, segues smoothly between moods, and though he almost lets the finale's bombast get the better of him, he delivers an account that is absorbing right into the tumultuous applause.” The Times, 5th July 2008 ****

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Kathleen Ferrier sings Brahms, Chausson & Mahler

Kathleen Ferrier sings Brahms, Chausson & Mahler


Vier ernste Gesänge, Op. 121

January 1949

BBCSO, Sir Malcolm Sargent


Poème de l'amour et de la mer, Op. 19

March 1951

Halle Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli


Symphony No. 3 in D minor

(final two movements) November 1947

BBCSO, Sir Adrian Boult

These three recordings of the incomparable Kathleen Ferrier, have been newly re-mastered from tapes made from live BBC broadcasts. The BBCSO play the Brahms, conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent in January 1949. They also play the final two movements of the Mahler under Sir Adrian Boult, November 1947. The Chausson is played by the Halle Orchestra, conducted by Sir John Barbirolli in March 1951.

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Vladimir Jurowski - Live from the Royal Festival Hall

Vladimir Jurowski - Live from the Royal Festival Hall


Drei Orchesterstücke, Op. 6


Das klagende Lied

1880 original version


Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1

Marisol Montalvo, Hedwig Fassbender, Michael Hendrick & Anthony Michaels-Moore

London Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir, Vladimir Jurowski

Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London, 19 September 2007

“The cogently-planned programme works magnificently in execution. Jurowski is thoughtful and unegotistical in the 50-minute accompanying interview, and you can watch him closely in the second DVD which places the 'conductor camera' in a box in the corner of the screen.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2008 *****

“Pulling off such a programme demands absolute conviction in the moment of performance, and this concert had it in spades. If this is a sign of things to come, the Jurowski/LPO partnership will set a standard by which all other London orchestras are judged.” Financial Times

BBC Music Magazine

DVD Choice - July 2008

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Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A minor 'Tragic'

Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A minor 'Tragic'

Recorded live in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center in Chicago on October 18, 19, 20, and 23, 2007

“This is a very beautiful Mahler Sixth - with all the strengths and weaknesses that implies. Rarely have the refinement and richness of Mahler's orchestral palette been so lovingly demonstrated.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2008 ***

“Mahler's massive Symphony No. 6 is played by Haitink and the CSO with a transparency, even a delicacy, that seems to stop time.” Chicago Sun-Times Concert Review

“After Gergiev, this might seem staid - but is builds into a remarkable reading… Haitink's finale belies the slowness of its pacing, its accumulation of inner tensions the fruit of a lifetime's experience with this score. There are more splenetic, precise accounts available, few which convey its burden of care in quite such magisterial fashion.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2008

“If the performance didn't quite move me in the way that Gergiev did, or before him Jansons (LSO Live), Abbado (DG) and Tilson Thomas (San Francisco Symphony), it may be the fault of the recording, which is perhaps better at capturing detail (the harps and celesta sound particularly well focused) than impressing with its sonic impact.” The Telegraph, 31st May 2008

“A powerful sense of drama pervades Haitink's draining account of Mahler's Tragic Symphony, the Sixth, a stunning testament to the Dutchman's reign as principal conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. His Chicago musicians take on new character with each increasingly vivid episode, from the hungry chomp-chomp of the opening to the golden serenity of the Andante. The Scherzo grunts, cackles and laughs through the blasé horn, although the cod-baroque strings could have more comic lightness. The massive finale is dominated by the mental image of the solemn, executioner-like percussionist with his huge mallet moving slowly towards the wooden box of fate.” The Times, 10th May 2008 ****

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