Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D major

Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D major


Bamberger Symphoniker & Bavarian State Philharmonic Orchestra, Jonathan Nott

This recording is perfectly timed for the centenary of Mahler’s 9th Symphony. Jonathan Nott and his Bamberger Symphoniker have added a moving, powerfully expressive interpretation to the extensive discography. By choosing measured tempi for the outer movements, Nott and this totally committed orchestra achieve a fantastic sound.

“There's space, silence in the twilight zones and unerring inner clarity of the embattled textures, but also just the right amount of impetus towards the movement's three big collapses. The great Adagio finale, too, delays the most impassioned strains until it really counts. ...a fine achievement in a towering symphony.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2009 ****

“...a remarkably lucid account that gradually builds from a notably spacious first movement to a luminously intense account of the finale. What seems at first to be a well crafted, intelligently musical performance has, by the end, become something much more remarkable.” The Guardian, 18th February 2010 *****

“Mahler’s last completed symphony is a colossal test of both orchestra and conductor. Here the players pass with flying colours...[Nott's] aim of bringing out Mahler’s latent modernism by emphasising extremes is good in principle, and often works well.” The Telegraph, 20th August 2010 ***

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Mahler - Symphony No. 8 & Symphony No. 10 (Adagio)

Mahler - Symphony No. 8 & Symphony No. 10 (Adagio)


Mahler:

Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major - Adagio

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

Erin Wall, Elza van den Heever, Laura Claycomb (sopranos), Katarina Karnéus, Yvonne Naef (mezzos), Anthony Dean Griffey (tenor), Quinn Kelsey (baritone), James Morris (bass-baritone)

San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Pacific Boychoir, San Francisco Girls Choir


Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony reach the culmination of their best-selling series of Mahler Symphonies with the Eighth, “Symphony of a Thousand”, coupled with the Adagio from Symphony No. 10.

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony reach the 11th instalment of their award-winning Mahler cycle with a live recording of the mighty Eighth Symphony, “Symphony of a Thousand”, coupled with the Adagio from Symphony No. 10. This release marks the culmination of their recordings of the complete Symphonies; future recordings rounding out the series will include Des Knaben Wunderhorn with baritone Thomas Hampson, Rückert Lieder with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, and Songs of a Wayfarer. One of the most notable recording projects of our time, the series has been a world-wide commercial and artistic success, selling over 100,000 CDs. Every release has entered the top 10 of the Billboard Classical Chart, and the series has garnered four Grammy® Awards, a Gramophone Award, and numerous other international citations. As with previous MTT/SFS Mahler releases, the recording utilises Sony’s Super Audio 5.1 digital surround technology and can be listened to on both traditional CD as well as SACD players. The cover art continues the highly recognizable series concept.

“In part II, however, Tilson Thomas manages to create a sense of rapt introspection and untroubled serenity far removed from the more tangible and portentous lyricism Solti tends to provide in quiet passages. …this is one of the most consistently satisfying and stimulating Mahler's Tenth, receives a lovingly harrowing performance; it demonstrates MTT's ability to characterise Mahler precisely and effectively without wallowing in undirected or unwarranted emotion.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2009

“Tilson Thomas's reading is always warm and spontaneous-sounding but its real strength lies in the way phrases connect so that what can sometimes seem, on certain versions, merely a series of episodes...emerges very much 'of a piece'...Tilson Thomas [draws] more colour and variety (tonal and emotional) from the score than almost any of his rivals” Gramophone Magazine, April 2010

“Very much on the plus side are the ­superlative orchestral playing, which is as consistently fine and well integrated as in any Mahler cycle currently ­available on disc, and the exceptional dynamic range and refinement of the ­recorded sound, which is demonstrated even more spectacularly than before” The Guardian, 25th September 2009 ***

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Avie Michael Tilson Thomas Mahler cycle - 82193600212

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Chants d'Est (Songs from Slavic Lands)

Chants d'Est (Songs from Slavic Lands)


Dohnányi:

Andante Rubato alla Zingaresca

Song in remembrance of Schubert (Jewish Traditional)

Krawczyk:

Jeux d’enfants, after janácek’s moravian folksongs 2007 (Nos. 1-7)

Mahler:

Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (Rückert-Lieder)

Dance (Jewish Traditional)

Martinu:

Variations on a Slovak folksong for Cello & Piano, H. 378

Prokofiev:

Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78: The Field of the Dead

Rachmaninov:

Nunc Dimittis

Tcherepnin:

Tatar Dance


Sonia Wieder-Atherton (cello)

Sinfonia Varsovia, Christophe Mangou

Naïve’s astonishing new signing, cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton, releases her debut album on the label featuring a collection of ancient folk melodies played on solo lyrical cello with string orchestra.

New signing Sonia Wieder-Atherton releases her fascinating debut album for Naïve entitled ‘Chants d’est’ – Songs from Slavic Lands’. Cultures born out of the vast, oppressive Austro-Hungarian Empire fought to retain their own language and identity. Music was the voice of resistance. Wieder-Atherton, through the music of composers such as Rachmaninov, Mahler and Prokofiev, goes on a musical journey of discovery into the way music, in this dark period of history, gave a voice to those who did not have the right to speak. The cellist is accompanied by Sinfonia Varsovia under Christophe Mangou.

As an interpreter of a very broad repertoire reflecting her imaginative world, a designer of projects, and a musician sought after by many contemporary composers, Sonia Wieder-Atherton occupies a special place on today’s musical scene. Her statu s as one of today’s most potent musical personalities was acknowledged when she was awarded the Grand Prix Del Duca in 1999 by the French Académie des Beaux-Arts.

“Wieder-Atherton's sonorous tone always lies at the heart, her romantic flourishes taming an imagined gypsy wildness, slowing its expression down to an introverted hover. These songs might not feature any actual vocals, but the cello takes on a suitably singing role throughout.” Martin Longley, bbc.co.uk, 12th October 2009

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Naive - V5178

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Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn

Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn


Mahler:

Des Knaben Wunderhorn (12 songs, 1899)

Um schlimme Kinder artig zu machen (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Starke Einbildungskraft (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Selbstgefühl (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Das himmlische Leben

Nicht wiedersehen (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Scheiden und Meiden (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Zu Strassburg auf der Schanz (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Aus! Aus! (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Ablösung im Sommer (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

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

Es sungen drei Engel (orig. in Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Urlicht (orig. in Des Knaben Wunderhorn)


Diana Damrau (soprano), Iván Paley (baritone) & Stephan Matthias Lademann (piano)

Diana Damrau was nominated for Gramophone Artist of the Year.

Telos Music - TLS1001

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Claudio Abbado conducts Schoenberg & Mahler

Claudio Abbado conducts Schoenberg & Mahler

Recorded live Großer Musikvereinssaal, Vienna, April 24-25, 2006


Mahler:

Symphony No. 4 in G major

Juliane Banse (soprano)

Schoenberg:

Pelleas und Melisande, Op. 5


NTSC 16:9, PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1

Region Code: 0, FSK: all audiences

Original Language: D

Subtitles: Deutsch, English, Français

Running Time: 113 mins

What makes Abbado's Mahler performances so remarkable is that their impact is never achieved at the expense of the multiple sensitivities, subtleties and extreme sophistication. Together with one of the world's leading youth orchestras - the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester - Abbado performs Mahler's Fourth Symphony and Schoenberg's Pelleas und Melisande, the latter being preceded by an introduction that offers fascinating insights into this unparalleled composition. Introduction to Pelleas und Melisande by Alberica Archinto and Elli Stern.

“…let's start by praising the filmed introduction to Pelleas, with its abundance of apt paintings from the period, and the way the film-makers extend playwright Maeterlinck's original idea of colour-coding Pelleas as green, Melisande as blue and jealous husband Golaud as red into the underlining of the leitmotifs during the performance. As an ideally flexible, carefully textured performance, the Schoenberg must surely go straight to the top of all recorded interpretations. Mahler Four has strong competition from Abbado's earlier Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic versions... The Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra strings may not have quite the same sheen, but the extra degree of chamber-musical interaction and the phrasing of Juliane Banse in the most magical song-finale I've ever witnessed should tip the balance in this performance's favour.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2009 *****

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Medici Arts - 2055488

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Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor


Farao - S108052

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

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

BBC broadcast: 16 August 1967, Royal Albert Hall, London


By the time of this BBC Henry Wood Proms performance in August 1967, Barbirolli’s grasp of the work was complete.

The result is a performance of electrifying insight and interpretative mastery, the New Philharmonia Orchestra at its very best.

The EMI recording of the work by this conductor and orchestra (made within a few days of this live performance) is not as consistently impressive.

On the original long-playing discs the record company changed the middle movement order to that of Ratz’s edition. Barbirolli was understandably disappointed by this, but not angry. For the latest CD edition, EMI have placed the middle movements in the correct Andante-Scherzo order.

What cannot be denied, however, is that this live performance is demonstrably superior in several respects to the studio version, living proof of Barbirolli’s greatness, his intensity and sensitivity, as a Mahler interpreter.

Testament - SBT1451

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Mahler: Symphony No. 7 in E minor

Mahler: Symphony No. 7 in E minor


Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Hermann Scherchen

DG Westminster - 4712632

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Mahler: Symphony No. 6 & Zemlinsky: Six Songs

Mahler: Symphony No. 6 & Zemlinsky: Six Songs


Mahler:

Symphony No. 6 in A minor 'Tragic'

Zemlinsky:

Songs (6) to poems by Maurice Maeterlinck, Op. 13

Jard van Nes (mezzo-soprano), Jard van Nes (contralto)


Decca - 4448712

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Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

Dale Clevenger (French horn)


Decca - 4304432

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