Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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Sir John Barbirolli conducts Mahler Symphony No. 9

Sir John Barbirolli conducts Mahler Symphony No. 9


Mahler:

Symphony No. 9

Live Recording, Torino, November 25, 1960


During the fifties when Gustav Mahler’s name was still unknown, the famous English director of Italian origins John Barbirolli was already proposing his symphonies to the worldwide audience, achieving astonishing excellence in the modernity of their interpretation.

Istituto Discografico Italiano - IDI6599

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Mahler: Symphony No. 9

Mahler: Symphony No. 9


At the beginning of the 2010/2011 season Jukka-Pekka Saraste will become principal conductor of the WDR Symphony Orchestra in Cologne, having given regular guest performances with it since 2001.

Jukka-Pekka Saraste has established himself as one of the most eminent conductors of his generation. His artistic work is equally marked by musical depth and integrity. He has not only done much to firmly anchor the music of Scandinavia in concert life, but has also gained broad acknowledgement for his great affinity with late Romantic and modern classical music.

“Mahler is all about weighing and balancing the extremes...and Saraste's judgement in such matters is sharp and instinctive...[he] creates great atmosphere in [the] "lost" moments, time and pulse suspended like an out-of-body experience...it's the tension between defiance and resignation that really shows Saraste's perception and understanding.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2011

“there's much to commend throughout, especially in the Scherzo and Rondo-Burleske where the woodwind have the lion's share of character; the E flat clarinet shrieks are impressive indeed. A pity Saraste had to slip into a lower gear so soon before the trumpet unleashes heaven in the midst of hell, but the last spurt of horror is brilliantly done.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2011 ***

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - March 2011

Profil Medien - PH10035

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Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Mahler: Symphony No. 4


This new 2-channel Hybrid SACD recording of the Fourth Symphony in G Major is the second release by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and its new director of music Manfred Honeck in a series of recordings of the symphonies of Gustav Mahler. The singer featured in the last movement is the Korean soprano Sunhae Im.

The Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck began his career as conductor of Vienna's Jeunesse Orchestra which he co-founded, and as assistant to Claudio Abbado with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in Vienna. After several highly successful guest appearances as conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, he was appointed its ninth Music Director in 2008.

Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 in G Major was written between 1899 and 1901. The last movement incorporates a song for soprano entitled "Das himmlische Leben" which was originally written in 1892, and presents a child's vision of Heaven. The symphony has a neo-classical structure and, due to the reduced orchestra size, offers a seemingly simple and naive sound world. The effect of the music however is a strange mixture of the eerie and the idyllic, and this brings a distinctive mood to the work.

“some of the counter-melodies from the Pittsburgh first horn [in the Scherzo] sound quite hair-raising...the song finale - sweetly delivered by Sunhae Im without archness or parody - achieves a fine balance between bustle and bliss. Recorded live in Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh, this release has many fresh insights to offer.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ****

“Honeck brings a wealth of insider knowledge and a distinctive Viennese/Bohemian take on expressive content...this freshly observed, full-blooded reading of No. 4 can stand comparison with the very best. Honeck is having no truck with fashionable miniaturisation...Everything seems goal-directed and for once intonation does not falter at the revelation of the gates of Heaven. The rapt stillness thereafter is really quite something.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2011

“Honeck begins this performance in breezy fashion...Perky woodwinds are attractive...In the finale Sunhae Im is very pleasing and she does well with quicker tempos” International Record Review, March 2011

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Exton Manfred Honeck Mahler Symphonies - EXCL00048

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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde


The legendary Bruno Walter, much associated with the works of Mahler, conducts this live performance, recorded in 1960.

Archipel Records - ARPCD0512

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Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn

Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn


Mahler:

Des Knaben Wunderhorn (12 songs, 1901 version)

Urlicht (orig. in Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Das himmlische Leben


Thomas Hampson

Wiener Virtuosen

Thomas Hampson adds a special version of Des Knaben Wunderhorn to his huge discography of works by Gustav Mahler. Released in Mahler Year 2011, this album celebrates the 100th anniversary of the composer's death. It is Hampson’s first ever studio recording of the orchestra version of Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Hampson is joined by The Wiener Virtuosen, a chamber ensemble of the highly acclaimed principal players of the Wiener Philharmoniker.

“Mahler’s music is a ‘sound cosmos’ unto itself […] It is a reflection of my own world, something that’s extraordinarily informative to me as human being.” (Thomas Hampson)

“[Hampson] refines his forces to those of the Wiener Virtuosen...This has the effect of creating a wonderfully fresh imaginative take on the songs...these slimmer forces really put a spring in the music's step...And his choice of tempos...is often inspired...A constantly absorbing recital.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2011 ****

“no performer has ever had a more comprehensive knowledge of the manuscript sources...Instrumentally speaking, the results are fabulous...Long-term admirers should not expect the immaculate finish...of the singer's youth. Instead we have a more autumnal brand of vocalisation, one that arguably suits these feisty, individualistic songs of ordinary folk.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2011

“Mahler’s whole world is here, rendered in a fabulously piercing and tender performance...It’s partly to do with the reduced chamber scoring used by the Vienna soloists, which makes Mahler’s orchestral colours seem unusually vivid. But Hampson is also on superb form, catching the music’s emotional complication as well as its folk-like simplicity.” The Telegraph, 4th February 2011 *****

“The principal revelations are instrumental, with sinewy, acerbic textures steering us into a world closer to German expressionism than post-romanticism.” The Guardian, 10th March 2011 ***

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Mahler: Symphony No. 4 & Songs of a Wayfarer

Mahler: Symphony No. 4 & Songs of a Wayfarer


Mahler:

Symphony No. 4

Clare Gormley (soprano)

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Jeffrey Black (baritone)


Sydney Soloists, John Harding

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Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Mahler: Symphony No. 4


After a 30 year-long partnership with harmonia mundi, Philippe Herreweghe has founded his own label, PHI, coproduced with Outhere. For his first CD, he presents Mahler’s Fourth Symphony. Under the leadership of Philippe Herreweghe, l’Orchestre des Champs-Élysées has been striving, for almost twenty years, to attain an idiomatic style and forgotten colours. This Fourth Symphony by Mahler, interpreted on period instruments, champions resolutely modern aesthetics, far from standard interpretations. Beyond the sumptuous colours of l’Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, beyond the meticulous work on the musical score, this recording confirms Herreweghe’s intimacy with the world of the Viennese composers of the turn of the century.

“the use here of gut strings, and their effect on the bowing style, combined with Mahler's undersized brass section, brings an unusual lightness to the balance between wind and strings that works to pleasing effect in conveying the buoyant religious ecstasy behind the work.” The Independent, 14th January 2011 ***

“The 19th-century woodwind instruments infuse Philippe Herreweghe's account of Mahler's Fourth with the thick green smell of buds and leaves...this is a performance rooted in the forest and in the symphonic traditions of Mahler's predecessors. Slow-burning but never sluggish, "Ruhevoll" has Beethovenian radiance, ripening into Brahmsian passion” The Independent on Sunday, 16th January 2011

“Joshua is a pure-toned soloist with not a hint of archness...For anyone wanting to hear the sound of instruments from Mahler's time, Herreweghe's is a treat, and his unfussy interpretation works very well...the PHI disc is a model of transparency, reflecting the character of the performance very well.” International Record Review, February 2011

“The performance is a finely judged one, the pacing moderate. What distinguishes it is not so much the expected opening up of the soundworld – more transparency from the gut strings, less weight from the wind...Above all, it's wonderful to hear a body of strings using portamento to shape their phrases” The Guardian, 3rd February 2011 ****

“Herreweghe is never an extrovert interpreter, and after some very scrunchy, pointed dissonant climaxes, he lets the music float with Rosemary Joshua's ethereal soprano solo in the last movement, fading to nothing in eternal bliss. Distinctively pure and touching.” The Observer, 6th March 2011

“There are arresting moments, and the playing has a delicate beauty and textual clarity that repeatedly draw one's attention to Mahler's technical finesse - and the slightly soft-focus recording doesn't get in the way.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2011 **

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Willem Mengelberg

Willem Mengelberg


Beethoven:

Fidelio Overture Op. 72c

Concertgebouw Orchestra

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra

Berlioz:

Le carnaval romain Overture, Op. 9

Concertgebouw Orchestra

Gluck:

Alceste: Overture

Concertgebouw Orchestra

Mahler:

Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor - Adagietto

Concertgebouw Orchestra

Schubert:

Rosamunde, D797: Overture

Concertgebouw Orchestra

Tchaikovsky:

Marche slave, Op. 31

New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Wagner:

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

Concertgebouw Orchestra

Weber:

Oberon Overture

New York Philharmonic Orchestra


Symposium - SYMPCD1078

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

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


Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Jonathan Darlington

Acousence Living Concert Series - ACO21008

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Contrasts

Contrasts


includes

Adolphson:

Nu kommer kvallen

Mahler:

Ich atmet' einen linden Duft (Rückert-Lieder)

Revelge (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder! (Rückert-Lieder)

Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Trost im Unglück (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Ravel:

Don Quichotte à Dulcinée

Schönberg, C-M:

I Dreamed a Dream (from Les Misérables)

trad.:

Harlig ar jorden

Såsom stjärnan

Ack Varmeland, du skona (Dear Old Stockholm)

Glädjens blomster

Yeston:

Unusual Way (from Nine, the musical)


Hakan Hagegard (baritone), Gunnar Idenstam (organ)

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