Gustav Mahler


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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

2011 is also a Mahler anniversary year – we commemorate the 100th anniversary of his death on 18 May. In conjunction with this anniversary we present a treasure from the archives: the Wunderlich / Fischer-Dieskau Das Lied von der Erde.

Mahler’s great symphony of six songs on texts from an anthology of Chinese poetry was composed in summer 1908 – a period of anxiety and grief for the composer. The work celebrates the pleasures of wine and beauty and the joys of friendship, culminating in the overwhelming Abschied, a movement lasting half an hour, in which the poet takes farewell from his friend and from life.

Our CD is a live recording of a sold-out concert from the Vienna Festival, given at the Musikverein there on 14 June 1964, with tenor and baritone soloists. Josef Krips conducts the Wiener Symphoniker.

It is being released for the first time, using a unique source in the Krips family archive, a copy of the original ORF (Austrian Radio) tape, which is no longer to be found. Faithfully restored by the expert engineers at the Emil Berliner Studios in Berlin, it is a marvel of singing from the two great soloists, who were both closely associated with this great work.

Booklet notes by Thomas Voigt fill out the story with recollections from Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Harrietta Krips, the conductor’s widow; illustrations include extracts from the original concert programme booklet and newspaper cuttings of the time. Full sung texts and translations included (German, English, French).

“in this previously unreleased recording we are held spellbound...[by] the Fischer-Dieskau of the mid 1960s, subtly shading his dynamics and tone, I can’t say the alto voice is much missed...with Wunderlich’s tenor there’s always a special bounce — a sparkle, too, which is admirably suited to the lighter songs here...Krips and the Wiener Symphoniker swiftly uncover Mahler’s Central European lilt.” The Times, 6th May 2011 ****

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Mahler: Symphony No. 3

Mahler: Symphony No. 3

1893-96, revised 1906, K.H. Füssl Edition

Recorded Live Concertgebouw Amsterdam on 3-5 February 2010

Bernarda Fink (mezzo soprano)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Choir, Boys of the Breda Sacrament Choir & Rijnmond Boys’ Choir, Mariss Jansons

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is steadfastly progressing with its Mahler cycle under the direction of its chief conductor Mariss Jansons. Following the releases of the First, Second, Fifth and Sixth Symphonies, the orchestra now turns its attention to the Third Symphony. Jansons and his Amsterdam-based orchestra performed the Symphonies Nos. 2, 3 and 8 in the 2009–11 seasons as part of the full, chronological series of performances given by the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Gustav Mahler’s symphonies to commemorate his 150th birthday and the 100th anniversary of his death. The series is being performed under the direction of various conductors. Jansons stands out in these performances with an astonishing ear for the minutest of details. Jansons possesses the ability to integrate all into the virtually infinite overarching climaxes that can make listening to Mahler’s symphonies such an exciting experience.

“Everything about the shape, pacing and grandeur of Mr. Jansons’s account suggested that he and his players took Mahler’s grand design to heart. While individual details may seem beside the point, it was hard not to be awed by the solidity of the horn playing in the expansive, exposed line that introduces the work. And the shapely offstage posthorn solos in the third movement, to say nothing of the solo string and woodwind lines that emerge throughout the score, provided an appealing counterweight to the high-impact full ensemble playing. The strings, particularly in Mr. Jansons’s plangent reading of the finale, were rich-toned and supple, qualities matched by the remarkably focused woodwind and brass sections. And given Mahler’s penchant for explosive climactic writing (as often in midmovement as in his endings), the ensemble’s percussionists were in their element.” New York Times

“there's much to admire about the sophisticated Concertgebouw colouration, and how well it words in the fabulous hall as recorded here. You know you're in good company as the eight horns bellow into resonant space at the start. Muted trumpets cut like a knife.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2011 ****

“the RCO brass and string majesty remains a thing of wonder. Bernarda Fink brings real gravitas and weight to the Nietzsche text and, with the finale on the horizon, Jansons keeps it simple: let the music do the work; clear contours, deftly articulated.” Classic FM Magazine, September 2011 ****

“Tuning and ensemble are close to ideal throughout, the brass playing, particularly from the horns, is a continuous joy, the strings are lush and opulent, and the woodwind solos are all distinctive...What makes Jansons' reading distinctive is the rubato he introduces into the second and third movements...The orchestra are on top form, and the superior audio works to everybody's benefit.” Gavin Dixon, Classical Review, May 2011

“Quiet dynamic marking are scrupulously heeded, lending a Humperdinckian charm to its revels and linking the symphony to the German Wald, the lost world of magic and unreality...The Wunderhorn allusions in the third movement (to donkeys and asses of all species) are deliciously pointed, gracefully eliding their sardonic textual commentary.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2011

“Jansons is a fine guide to this elemental score and this is an account to stand alongside previous Concertgebouw readings: a richly rewarding listen.” International Record Review, July/August 2011

“for sheer magic of recording technique this RCO issue takes some beating. Jansons demands a pianissimo that’s almost inaudible but such is the quality of the recording that every note is clear. The ferocity of parts of the first movement is complemented by the hushed rapture of the Adagio. The mezzo soloist is the marvellous Bernarda Fink, and the three choirs help make this an outstanding interpretatation.” Sunday Telegraph, 29th May 2011 *****

“No orchestra has a greater Mahler pedigree than the Concertgebouw...In terms of sound and playing, this version of the Third Symphony, from concerts last year under the orchestra's current chief, Mariss Jansons, is as good as any...With Jansons, everything is just a bit too well manicured: every phrase perfectly weighted, every texture polished until it gleams.” The Guardian, 4th August 2011 ***

“The opening movement is an epic in itself, and Jansons leads a magnificent performance of it; spacious and mysterious and yet taut...Bernarda Fink is tremendous” The Telegraph, 2nd June 2011 ***

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Mahler: Symphony No. 1

Mahler: Symphony No. 1


Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Lorin Maazel

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Musikverein Vienna 1952

Alfred Poell (baritone)

Vienna Philharmonic, Wilhelm Furtwängler

This performance was recorded on 11th September 1960. The bonus is Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, conducted by Furtwängler in the Musikverein Vienna on 30th November 1952.

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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

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Mahler, Wagner & Wolf: Lieder

Mahler, Wagner & Wolf: Lieder




Wesendonck-Lieder (5)

Wolf, H:

In der Frühe (No. 24 from Mörike-Lieder)

Denk es, o Seele! (No. 39 from Mörike-Lieder)

Wo find'ich Trost? (No. 31 from Mörike-Lieder)

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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'

Barbara Kubiak - Soprano I (Magna Peccatrix), Izabela Klosinska - Soprano II (Una Poenitentium), Marta Boberska - Soprano III (Mater Gloriosa), Jadwiga Rappé - Alto I (Mulier Samaritana), Ewa Marciniec - Alto II (Maria Aegyptica), Timothy Bentch - Tenor (Doctor Marianus), Wojtek Drabowicz - Baritone (Pater Ecstaticus) & Piotr Nowacki - Bass (Pater Profundis)

Warsaw Boys Choir, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Antoni Wit

With its enormous vocal, choral and orchestral forces, Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, later to be dubbed 24-bit, 96 kHz Stereo and Surround recordings. ‘Symphony of a Thousand’, is one of the largest and longest symphonies in the active repertoire. Part One, inspired by the Whitsuntide Vesper hymn Veni creator spiritus, is an invocation to the Creator Spirit. Part Two, a setting of the closing scene from Goethe’s Faust, depicts Faust’s redemption through wisdom and love. “Try to imagine the whole universe beginning to ring and resound”, was how Mahler himself described the impact of the closing pages of the Symphony.


5.1 Surround

DTS-HD Master Audio

PCM Stereo 2.0

Total Running Time: 1:20:51

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

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

Live From The Palais Des Beaux-Arts Brussels, 6 September 2009

La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra, Hartmut Haenchen

This exceptional performance is part of Haenchen’s Mahler Cycle with the La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra. Haenchen is particularly renowned and respected for his interpretations of Mahler and Wagner and has had a significant presence in many of the world’s leading opera houses including Netherlands Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Munich, Vienna and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

His high intellect and musical integrity can be experienced through the DVD note, which is an extract from a series of fictitious letters written by Haenchen from Mahler’s perspective – these are based on authentic documents and form a series of fourteen books.

He has made more than 120 recordings with his different orchestras (for Berlin Classics, Capriccio, Naxos, Pentatone, Philips, Sony Classical and Vanguard), and is the author of many books on music, including important studies of Wagner and Mahler.

This expressive and dramatic performance is captured live on film in LPCM Stereo and DTS 5.1 surround sound.


Sound format: LCPM stereo

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Picture format: 16:9

Running time: 87’

Subtitles: n/a

Menu languages: English

Booklet languages: E/F/G

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Format: NTSC

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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'

Ricarda Merbeth (soprano), Elza van den Heever (soprano), Elisabeta Marin (soprano), Stella Grigorian (alto), Jane Henschel (alto), Johan Botha (tenor), Boaz Daniel (baritone) & Kwangchoul Youn (bass)

Wiener Singakademie, Vienna Boys Choir, Slowakischer Philharmonischer Chor & ORF-Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bertrand de Billy

This CD is a live recording of a concert in March 2010, given in the Vienna Konzerthaus. It is particularly attractive due to the outstanding group of soloists, which includes Johan Botha, Jane Henschel and Kwangchoul Young. Bertrand de Billy also proves his ability to ring out the finest, subtlest music-making from even the largest orchestral and choral bodies.

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Mitropoulos conducts Mahler

Mitropoulos conducts Mahler


Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Recorded on 9th January 1960 at Carnegie Hall

Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra

Symphony No. 3

Recorded on 15th April 1956 at Carnegie Hall

Beatrice Krebs (contralto)

Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra

Symphony No. 5

Recorded on 2nd January 1960 at Carnegie Hall

Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra

Symphony No. 6 in A minor 'Tragic'

Recorded on 31st August 1959

WDR Symphony Orchestra

Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'

Recorded on 28th August 1960 at the Salzburg Festival

Mimi Coertse, Hilde Zadek (sopranos), Lucretia West, Ira Malaniuk (contraltos), Giuseppe Zampieri (tenor), Hermann Prey (baritone), Otto Edelmann (bass)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Wiener Sängerknaben, Wiener Staatsopernchor

Symphony No. 9

Recorded on 23rd January 1960 at Carnegie Hall

Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra

Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major - Adagio

Recorded on 17th January 1960

Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra

This set has been reissued by popular demand. It was originally offered as a belated tribute on the centenary of Dimitri Mitropoulos’ birth and presents some of his finest performance of Mahler. The original release received excellent reviews: “This is a fabulous collection: an orgy of great music interpreted greatly.” Fanfare. Included are Mahler’s Symphonies Nos. 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10.

Technical reconstruction by Maggie Payne

“The playing has a lacerating rhythmic incisiveness and clarity of texture, in fluidity of tempo, in naked emotional power, he is an ideal Mahler conductor.” Sunday Times

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Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Mahler: Symphony No. 5

This recording was made in Leipzig on 3rd November 1948.

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