Gustav Mahler


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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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Tudor Jonathan Nott Complete Mahler Symphonies - TUDOR7147



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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

“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 ****

“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 ***

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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.

Somm Céleste - SOMM075



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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

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

Ideale Audience International - 3056808

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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

“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

“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

“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 ****

“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

“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 ***

CSO Resound - CSOR901804

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Kathleen Ferrier - Mahler: Symphony No. 3 and Kindertotenlieder

Kathleen Ferrier - Mahler: Symphony No. 3 and Kindertotenlieder


Symphony No. 3 in D minor

BBC broadcast: 29 November 1947, Maida Vale Studios, London

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult


Recorded: 12 July 1951, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

Concertgebouw Orchestra, Otto Klemperer

Kathleen Ferrier (contralto)

Also includes CBC Interview with Kathleen Ferrier CBC Broadcast: 10 March 1950, CBC Studio, Montreal, Canada

“Boult's forthright approach to the music generates an epic grandeur that impresses in its own right. Then enter Kathleen Ferrier. Her singing of the fourth movement's 'Night Song' is wondrously beautiful and moving…” BBC Music Magazine, August 2008 *****

“It is difficult, even now, not to be awestruck by the professionalism and unassuming good sense of Sir Adrian Boult. In the winter of 1947-48, the BBC Third Programme took the daring and controversial decision to broadcast the complete Mahler symphonies and Nos 1, 3, 5, 7 and 8 were prepared and conducted by Boult.
His performance of the Third Symphony, a UK premiere, is lucid and unaffected. It is also exceptionally well shaped orchestrally, no mean achievement with a work the players had never seen before. The playing isn't flawless. Post-war raids on London's pool of orchestral players by Beecham and Legge had robbed the BBC SO of some of its former lustre. Passengers are clearly being carried in the horn and trombone sections yet such is Boult's professionalism the wider picture is largely unaffected.
The BBC saved none of the performances.
This off-air recording was preserved on a set of acetate discs which Jon Tolansky discovered in a shop in Manchester in 1981. Kathleen Ferrier's presence made the find doubly important. She gives an exceptionally beautiful performance of 'O Mensch!', lovingly accompanied by Boult.
What's more, transfer engineer Paul Bailey has done a remarkable job tidying up a patch of badly disintegrating sound near the end of 'O Mensch!'.
Added to the Mahler Third are a noisily recorded live 1951 Amsterdam Kindertotenlieder dryly conducted by Klemperer whom Ferrier disliked, and an interview she gave to CBC in 1950. Hearing Ferrier speak is interesting.
Dark-voiced, careful of accent, and not afraid to correct her less than adequate interviewer, she sounds not unlike Margaret Thatcher after her voice had been lowered.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“It is difficult, even now, not to be awestruck by the professionalism and unassuming good sense of Sir Adrian Boult. His performance of the Third Symphony, is lucid and unaffected. Kathleen Ferrier gives an exceptionally beautiful performance of "O Mensch!", lovingly accompanied by Boult.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2008

“These acetates show that Sir Adrian was an echt-Mahlerian and completely inside the idiom...An important document both for Mahlerians and for Ferrier aficionados.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

GGramophone Awards 2008

Finalist - Historic Archive

Testament - SBT21422

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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Reference Recordings - RR88



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Minnesota Orchestra Showcase

Minnesota Orchestra Showcase


Valentino Dances: excerpt


Candide - Suite


Appalachian Spring - excerpts


Baba-Yaga, Op. 56


Von der Jugend (Das Lied von der Erde)


Alborada del gracioso (orchestral version)


Finlandia, Op. 26

Strauss, R:

Don Juan, Op. 20

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 - excerpts


The Firebird - excerpts

Taylor, J D:

Through the Looking Glass


Cossack Dance (Hopak/Gopak) from Mazeppa

Reference Recordings - RR907



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Anne Sofie von Otter - In My Element

Anne Sofie von Otter - In My Element


I let the music speak

No Wonder

(arr. by Elvis Costello and Ensemble)

I Want to Vanish

(arr. by Elvis Costello and Ensemble)


L'amour est un oiseau rebelle 'Habanera' (from Carmen)

Les tringles des sistres tintaient (from Carmen)


He, Zigeuner, greife in die Saiten ein! (No. 1 from Zigeunerlieder, Op.103)

Brauner Bursche führt zum Tanze (No. 5 from Zigeunerlieder, Op.103)


Ah! si l'amour prenait

Mignonne, à l'amour j'ai lié


In darkness let me dwell


Haugtussa, Op. 67 No. 8 'Ved Gjætle-Bekken'

Haas, P:

Seven Songs in a Folk Style, Op. 18



Qui d'amor (from Ariodante)

Hercules: The world, when day's career is run

Hercules: When beauty sorrow's liv'ry wears


Rheinlegendchen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Oft denk' ich, sie sind nur ausgegangen (Kindertotenlieder)


Adagiati, Poppea - Oblivion soave (L'incoronazione di Poppea)

Disprezzata regina (L'incoronazione di Poppea)

Addio Roma! (from L'incoronazione di Poppea)


Parto, parto, ma tu ben mio (from La Clemenza di Tito)

Oh Dei, che smania è questa (La Clemenza di Tito)

Ah, qual gelido orror...Il padre adorato (from Idomeneo)

No, la morte io non pavento (from Idomeneo)

Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio (from Le nozze di Figaro)

Voi che sapete (from Le nozze di Figaro)


Barcarolle (from Les Contes d'Hoffmann )

Portez armes...Vous aimez le danger…Ah! que j’aime les militaires! (from La grande-duchesse de Gérolstein)


When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)


Im Abendrot, D799

Erlkönig, D328


Süsser Freund, du blickest mich verwundert an (No. 6 from Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42)

Die Meerfee Op. 125 No. 1

Strauss, R:

Sein wir wieder gut (from Ariadne auf Naxos)

Weill, K:

Buddy on the Nightshift

My ship

Surabaya Johnny (from Happy End)

“Smart, sophisticated and opinionated, Anne Sofie von Otter has become a star by doing exactly what she wants” Opera News

DG - 4777077

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