Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

Prices shown exclude VAT. (UK tax is not payable for deliveries to United States.)
See Terms & Conditions for p&p rates.

Mahler: Symphony No. 7

Mahler: Symphony No. 7


Gustav Mahler’s strange and unworldly Symphony No. 7 is performed here by one of the great musical collaborations of the last 20 years, the internationally renowned conductor Mariss Jansons and the orchestra with which he originally came to prominence, the Oslo Philharmonic. Today Mariss Jansons is one of the most sought after conductors in the world.

Through their long collaboration Jansons and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra have developed a unique relationship. In the first couple of years of this century Jansons and the OPO did a number of concerts with Mahler’s symphonies. A set of Symphonies Nos 1 and 9 has already been released (PSC1270), and to follow this vibrant, exciting recording of the Seventh Symphony, there will be another – of Symphony No 3 – next year.

Of all Mahler’s symphonies, the Seventh has remained the most enigmatic. The orchestra is slightly smaller than Mahler had used for the Sixth Symphony, but he adds some unusual instruments, notably a tenor horn and cornet in the brass, and of course the mandolin and guitar for the second Serenade. The Symphony is particularly known for its central scherzo, which bears the unusual tempo-marking Schattenhaft (shadow-like).

“There’s a lithe energy and carefree sweep to the playing that is infectious...Jansons’ reading bears the stamp of his St Petersburg training: very classical, with not a shred of indulgence.” Financial Times, 2nd January 2010 *****

“A frankly provincial small-scale outfit of Janson's arrival in 1979, the Oslo Philharmonic is heard here towards the end of his tenure, unmistakably an ensemble of international stature, capable of remarkable feats of virtuosity and depth of tone. The central Scherzo is already over-lit, the finale remorselessly bright, yet with the string body sounding heftier than in a previous Jansons/Oslo pairing of the First and Ninth (7/03), this must be a contender for those who prefer their Mahler without too much grit and angst.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2010

Simax - PSC1271

(CD)

$17.00

Usually despatched in 2 - 3 working days.

Between Life and Death - Songs & Arias

Between Life and Death - Songs & Arias


Bach, J S:

Komm süsser Tod, BWV478

Brahms:

Feldeinsamkeit, Op. 86 No. 2

Wie rafft' ich mich auf Op. 32,1 (v.Platen)

Loewe, C:

Edward, Op. 1 No. 1 (Herder)

Der Erlkönig, Op. 1 No. 3 (Goethe)

Mahler:

Urlicht (from Symphony No. 2)

Revelge (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (Rückert-Lieder)

Mendelssohn:

Neue Liebe, Op. 19a No. 4

Mozart:

Abendempfindung an Laura, K523

Schubert:

Schwanengesang D744 (Senn)

Auflösung, D807

Der Jungling und der Tod, D545 (Spaun)

Der Tod und das Mädchen, D531

Kriegers Ahnung D 957, No. 2

Schumann:

Stirb, Lieb’ und Freud! Op.35, No. 2

Tchaikovsky:

Kuda, Kuda 'Lensky's Aria' (from Eugene Onegin)

Weber:

Nein! länger trag' ich nicht die Qualen…Durch die Wälder (from Der Freischütz)

Wolf, H:

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

Anakreons Grab (No. 29 from Goethe-Lieder)

Ein Ständchen Euch zu bringen kam ich her (No. 22 from Italienisches Liederbuch)

Dereinst, Gedanke mein (No. 22 from Spanisches Liederbuch: Weltliche Lieder)


Christoph Prégardien (tenor) & Michael Gees (piano)

The selection of songs and arias on this double SACD set reflect on the fundamental question of life and death and cover a period of almost two centuries, the composers featured ranging from Bach through to Tchaikovsky. They are performed by one of the great lyric tenors of our age Christophe Prégardien, accompanied by the pianist Michael Gees. The common theme in the music of this recording is the most fundamental of all, existence itself, life and death. The composers represented are Bach, Mahler, Schubert, Schumann, Mozart, Brahms, Loewe, Wolf, Mendelssohn, and Tchaikovsky. The songs and arias performed here range over almost two centuries with eleven compositions and many musical forms, the simple song with piano accompaniment, the narrative, expansive ballad, the great opera aria and more.

Christoph Prégardien is widely regarded as among the foremost lyric tenors of our time and frequently collaborates with conductors such as Ricardo Chailly, John Elliot Gardiner, Nicolaus Harnoncourt, and Phillipe Herreweghe. He is represented on disc with more than a hundred and twenty titles, including most of his current repertoire. His recordings of German Romantic Lied repertory, particularly his recent releases on Challenge Classics of Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin, (CC72292), and Schwanengesang, (CC72302), have been highly acclaimed by the public and press and have received many major international awards.

“…far from being depressing, the programming here, both thoughtful and vividly imaginative, serves to stimulate the senses and lift the spirit. A fresh and unmannered introductory performance of Bach's 'Komm, süsser Tod' leads with both tonal and spiritual ease into an equally direct rendering of 'Urlicht' from Mahler's Second Symphony - artfully and beautifully accompanied by Gees. with a quietly impassioned and sensitively paced performance of Mahler's valedictory 'Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen', the final track fades into thin air, concluding an anthology to savour slowly, and return to many times.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2010 ****

“Such a programme demands exceptional resources in its singer, and there is probably no one presently more suited than Christoph Prégardien. His tenor, always centred as a high baritone, extends into the bass range right down to the low D of "Der Tod und das Mädchen". He can also call upon a silvery spiritual quality which serves well in songs such as Brahms's "Feldeinsamkeit" and as a final blessing over the whole recital in that last phrase of Mahler's "Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen". Michael Gees is one with the singer in the dedication of his own skills and in the imaginative sympathy that informs his touch.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2010

Super Audio CD

Format:

Hybrid Multi-channel

Challenge Classics - CC72324

(SACD - 2 discs)

$27.75

Usually despatched in 2 - 3 working days.

Mahler: Symphony No. 7

Mahler: Symphony No. 7


Making a valid recording of the Seventh by Gustav Mahler places the most stringent requirements on the virtuosity of every individual musician in the orchestra. The task of bringing together the highly complex individual parts into a coherent whole – an undertaking that, when it succeeds, always has a a breathtaking effect, especially with Mahler – calls for a conductor capable of uniting the ensemble of individual solo-quality musicians into an overriding musical concept. Attesting to how convincingly Mariss Jansons and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks accomplished this feat at their Munich concert, the Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote: “We listened to an orchestra that had clearly reached the high point of its art.” The multi leveled, detail-rich score of this Mahler work – here in a recording based on the critical edition by the International Gustav Mahler Society – gains even more impact from the stunning technical reproduction using the high-definition SACD process. With his two grotesque “night music” sections, sounds of nature, naïve folk-tune motifs and trance-like orchestral tutti passages, the 7th Symphony is typical of Mahler’s sound world.

“The first 'nightmusic'… benefits from the hard work of Jansons the soundmaster, with downward plunges phenomenally clear and luminous woodwind trilling… the Rondo-Finale make [Mahler's] the best possible case for Mahler's clear-sighted depiction of communal exuberance. ...Jansons's judgment in tempo co-ordinations is superb here...” BBC Music Magazine, January 2010 ****

“...a depth and breadth of sound that really hits you...In sonic terms alone it’s breath-taking, but so is every other aspect of the Bavarians’ performance.” Financial Times, 2nd January 2010 *****

“The finale is breathtaking as a piece of orchestral alchemy, winds and brasses blending seamlessly into virtuoso and lustrous strings.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2009

Super Audio CD

Format:

Hybrid Multi-channel

BR Klassik - 403571900101

(SACD)

$17.00

(also available to download from $10.00)

Usually despatched in 2 - 3 working days. (Available now to download.)

Hausmusik

Hausmusik


Bittner, J:

Lieder

from Sechzehn Lieder; von Liebe & Treue und Ehe

Zueignung

Du bist wie eine Julinacht

Goldmark:

O willst mich nicht mitnehmen

Wollt’ er nur fragen?

Die Quelle

Korngold:

3 Lieder Op. 22

Laura’s Diary Scene from the opera Der Ring des Polykrates

When Birds do Sing

Mahler:

Frühlingsmorgen (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Erinnerung (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Hans und Grete (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Serenade aus Don Juan (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Wer hat dies' Liedlein Erdacht? (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Puccini:

Sole e Amore

Walter, B:

Die Lerche

Des Kindes Schlaf

Elfe

Zemlinsky:

Walzer-Gesänge


Sylvia Greenberg (soprano) & David Aronson (piano)

Telos Music - TLS1008

(CD)

$11.00

(also available to download from $10.00)

Usually despatched in 2 - 3 working days. (Available now to download.)

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

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

From The Inaugural Concert


DG Concerts - 4778612

(Sorry, download not available in your country)

Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Mahler: Symphony No. 5


105 years ago, on October 18 1904, Gustav Mahler stepped up to the rostrum of the Gürzenich-Orchestra of Cologne to conduct the premiere of his Fifth Symphony. In recollection of this historic moment, the Gürzenich-Orchestra under its principal conductor Marcus Stenz now inaugurates its complete recorded cycle of Mahler symphonies with this work. Includes Oehms Catalogue.

“Whatever else it might miss, this Mahler Five is splendidly alive - a tree in full leaf indeed...Mahler lovers should investigate the singular vigour of the performance, captured in clear and vivid sound.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2009

Super Audio CD

Format:

Hybrid Multi-channel

Oehms Markus Stenz Mahler Cycle - OC650

(SACD)

$18.00

(also available to download from $10.00)

Usually despatched in 2 - 3 working days. (Available now to download.)

Mahler - Symphony No. 1

Mahler - Symphony No. 1


Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Recorded 11 & 12 June 1957 Free Trade Hall, Manchester Pye CCL 30107 (APL0034/5)

Purcell:

Suite for strings, woodwind and horns

arr: Barbirolli. Recorded 27 May 1969 Kingsway Hall, London HMV ASD2496


During the last sixteen years of his life, Sir John Barbirolli devoted himself to the music of Gustav Mahler almost as assiduously as he did to that of Elgar. He conducted the symphonies, except the Eighth and the Cooke performing version of the Tenth, not only in Britain but in America, Germany, Austria, Russia, Italy and elsewhere. He recorded only four commercially, but fortunately his performances of Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 7 have survived and have been issued on CD. This recording of the First Symphony was made for Pye in the Free Trade Hall, Manchester in June 1957 – issued in stereo for the first time. He first conducted the First Symphony in Manchester in November 1955. Michael Kennedy remembers the occasion well because it was an outstanding example of JB’s“I’ll show ‘em” style. The story is well known of the bad blood which existed between him and Sir Thomas Beecham after Beecham’s disgraceful written attempts to undermine him in New York in 1936. As a result, JB refused to sanction an invitation to Beecham to guest conduct the Hallé after 1943. But in 1955 he relented enough to allow Beecham to bring his own Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to Manchester to give two concerts in the Hallé series. It was a memorable programme ending with Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony. The critics wrote glowing notices. So when a fortnight later the Hallé played in the hall, the atmosphere of gladiatorial contest was unavoidable. This was meat and drink to JB and the performance of the Mahler symphony was geared to eclipse memories of Beecham! The audience were the winners: they heard two magnificent performances by two great orchestras under two great conductors. Who cared which was “the better”, if indeed such a judgement could reasonably have been made?

Barbirolli Society - SJB1015

(CD)

$14.50

Usually despatched in 4 - 5 working days.

Mahler: Symphony No. 9

Mahler: Symphony No. 9


This is Alan Gilbert’s farewell concert as chief conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

“On a technical level this must, I think, be the finest recording the work has received. Every note is audible - and the achievement of the orchestra (still more extraordinary than that of the engineers) is to play them and show how they all matter. Gilbert juggles the many tempi of the inner movements to whip up the requisite hysteria (this isn't a performance for those who must have their banality served on a silver salver) before offering true catharsis with the Adagio.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2009

“The changing textures and dynamic contrasts in Mahler’s tumultuous Ninth Symphony have rarely had such clarity and bloom...An enthralling account, raptly contemplating bliss before sliding gently towards regret.” The Times, 21st November 2009

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - November 2009

Super Audio CD

Format:

Hybrid Multi-channel

BIS - BISSACD1710

(SACD)

$15.75

(also available to download from $10.00)

Usually despatched in 2 - 3 working days. (Available now to download.)

Mahler: Symphony No. 9

Mahler: Symphony No. 9


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 ***

Super Audio CD

Format:

Hybrid Multi-channel

Tudor Jonathan Nott Complete Mahler Symphonies - TUDOR7162

(SACD - 2 discs)

$17.50

(also available to download from $20.00)

Usually despatched in 2 - 3 working days. (Available now to download.)

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 ***

Building a Library

Featured - May 2010

Super Audio CD

Format:

Hybrid Multi-channel

Avie Michael Tilson Thomas Mahler cycle - 82193600212

(SACD - 2 discs)

$29.50

This item is currently out of stock at the UK distributor. You may order it now but please be aware that it may be six weeks or more before it can be despatched.

Page: 

 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19   20   21   22   23   24   25   26   27   28   29   30   31   32   33   34   35   36   37   38   39   40   41   42   43   44   45   46   47   48   49   50   51   52   53   54   55   56   57   58   59   60   61   62   63   64   65   66   67   68   69   70   71   72   73   74   75   76   77   78   79   80   81   82   83   84   85   86   87   88   89   90   91   92   93   94   95   96   97   98   99   100   101   102   103   104   105   106   107   108   109   110   111   112   113   114   115   116   117   118   119   120   121   122   123 

 Next >>

Copyright © 2002-15 Presto Classical Limited, all rights reserved.