Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G major

Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G major


The Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, under their Principal Conductor Jonathan Nott, present another release in their Mahler Symphonic Series. Their recording of the Symphony No. 1 (TUDOR7147) was a Gramophone Editors Choice and this glorious release is highly recommended. Soprano Mojca Erdmann sings the beautiful setting of poems from “Das Knaben Wunderhorn” in the final movement.

“Jonathan Nott… moves swiftly but unhurriedly through the woodland terrors of the first movement development, keeps the scrapings of Brother Death shrill and headlong in the Scherzo, and makes sure all dynamics keep their place in the long lines of the great slow movement, aided by the superlative Bamberg first oboe.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2008 ****

“Having recorded fine if not world-beating accounts of the Fifth and First Symphonies, Jonathan Nott and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra continue their Mahler cycle with a fourth that can rank with the finest….The SACD sound, though, is the best this work has yet received – setting the seal on a likely bench-mark recording.” International Record Review, December 2008

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Tudor Jonathan Nott Complete Mahler Symphonies - TUDOR7151

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

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


Sir Georg Solti conducts the Cologne Radio Orchestra in a live performance of Mahler’s ‘ Titan’ given in June 1957.

Archipel Records - ARPCD0409

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'


Classic FM - 4766606

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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Recorded live in concert in Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, 28 September – 2 October 2007


One of today’s most significant recording cycles continues with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony offering another instalment in their award-winning cycle of Mahler vocal and orchestral works, this time tackling the exquisite and mysterious Das Lied von der Erde. The project’s uncommon critical and commercial success have brought the exceptional conductor-orchestra partnership two Grammy Awards and numerous citations throughout the world. Every release has entered the Top Ten of the Billboard Classical Chart. MTT has distinguished himself as one of the world’s foremost Mahler interpreters, and through his signature performances, as one of the composer’s most compelling advocates. Recently, his achievements were recognised by The Gramophone who named him Artist of the Year.

Not only the music, but the guests on this recording are also impressive: worldwide famous and always mesmerizing baritone Thomas Hampson and tenor Stuart Skelton (who rose to fame singing the great Wagner and Strauss tenor roles). Most fans will be surprised to see the man doing the lower part – immortalized by great singers, such as Brigitte Fassbaender, Kathleen Ferrier and Christa Ludwig – but it is not uncommon nor the first time on record, and Thomas Hampson certainly has the credentials and experience in this role. Since the project began in 2001, the San Francisco Symphony has recorded eight of the nine Mahler symphonies, Kindertotenlieder and the Adagio from the unfinished Tenth Symphony and due to its commercial, critical acclaim and artistic success of the Mahler recording project, the SFS has expanded it to include all Mahler’s works for voices, chorus and orchestra, including a remastering of their earlier recording of Das klagende Lied.

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Avie Michael Tilson Thomas Mahler cycle - 82193600192

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Elisabeth Schwarzkopf

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf

broadcasts from 1961-1970


Works by:

Brahms, Gluck, Mahler, Menotti, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Strauss, Verdi & Wolf


Elizabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano), Gerald Moore (piano) & Geoffrey Parsons (piano)

Orchestre National de l'ORTF, Berislav Klobucar

Booklet Notes:Tracklisting in English, French, German.

Among the rediscovered treasures of the BBC archives are two recitals by soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, filmed in 1961 and 1970.At the time, she was at the peak of her powers and was accompanied by the world's greatest accompanist: Gerald Moore. Footage of a public concert, filmed exclusively by French television further illustrates Elisabeth Schwarzkopf's musical excellence. Here, the soprano's voice melds wonderfully with the orchestra's instrumental sonorities in works by Mozart Verdi and Strauss. Her anthology of German Lieder takes us on a journey through the imaginative world of Mozart, Schubert and Wolf. These two recitals allow us to re-encounter Schwarzkopf in her favourite repertoire.

"The pristine beauty of her lyric soprano and the charm of her person, combined with hard work and innate intelligence, lent her performances a compelling authority" The Guardian

"…one of the most dazzling artists of her time" The New York Times

“In two recitals with Gerald Moore Schwarzkopf is incomparable in her communication of German art-song. She is handicapped in the orchestral recital by Klobucar's poor conducting.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2009 ****

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Medici Arts Classic Archive - 3085268

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Accentus - Transcriptions 1 & 2

Accentus - Transcriptions 1 & 2


Barber, S:

Agnus Dei

Berg:

Die Nachtigall

Cornelius:

Drei Psalmlieder Op. 13

(based on melodies by J S Bach)

Debussy:

Les Angélus

Préludes - Book 1: No. 6, Des pas sur le neige

Krawczyk:

Lacrimosa

(transcription of Chopin Etude No. 6, Op. 10)

Lulajze, Jesuniu

(based on Largo from Chopin Sonata No. 3)

Mahler:

Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (Rückert-Lieder)

Die zwei blauen Augen von meinem Schatz (No. 4 from Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen)

Scheiden und Meiden (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Nystedt:

Immortal Bach (Komm, süsser Tod, BWV478)

Pesson:

Kein deutscher Himmel

Preuve par la neige: Si comme la lune ...

Preuve par la neige: La lune paraît

Prokofiev:

Le champ des morts

Ravel:

Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé: 'Soupir'

Ronsard à son âme

L'Indifférent (Shéhérazade No. 3)

La Flûte enchantée (Shéhérazade No. 2)

Le Jardin féerique

Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant

Schubert:

Nacht und Träume, D827

Grablied fur die Mutter D616 (poet unknown)

Litanei auf das Fest Allerseelen, D343

Der Wegweiser (No. 20 from Winterreise, D911)

Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons: Winter, RV297

Wagner:

Im Treibhaus (No. 3 from Wesendonck-Lieder)

Wolf, H:

Das verlassene Mägdlein (No. 7 from Mörike-Lieder)

Auf ein altes Bild (No. 23 from Mörike-Lieder)


Brigitte Engerer (piano)

Accentus & Les Monts du Reuil Continuo, Laurence Equilbey

On these best-selling CDs many classical masterpieces are given an original interpretation for choir. The Accentus Chamber Choir, under the direction of Laurence Equilbey, is unanimously recognised as one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles.

Bonus (audio): Interview with Laurence Equilbey / Recording of Der Doppelgänger (Schubert)

Naive - V5151

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Kurt Sanderling

Kurt Sanderling


Mahler:

Symphony No. 4 in G major

Felicity Lott (soprano)

Mozart:

Don Giovanni, K527: Overture


BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra, Kurt Sanderling

Kurt Sanderling has recently been featured on BBC Legends with his recording of Mahler Symphony No.9 (BBCL42322) which received excellent reviews.

The follow-up is Mahler Symphony No.4, which unlike Mahler Symphony No.9, has never been recorded by Sanderling either in the studio or in a broadcast recording. This is a new addition to his discography.

Soprano Felicity Lott is one of the most celebrated and loved singers today and this has been recognized on the packaging by making a double bill of both artists.

Superb stereo sound from the BBC Studios in Manchester.

Kurt Sanderling, who still lives in Berlin in his 90's, represents one of the great conductors of the past - he was joint conductor of the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra during Evegeny Mravinsky's sensational years and has since enjoyed a cult status in London, Salzburg, New York etc.

“…many will welcome the opportunity to time travel, not least for a treasurable contribution from the young Felicity Lott. Sanderling offers no interpretative novelties. His music-making incarnates a dedication and sincerity we are in danger of losing.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2009

BBC Legends - Conductors - BBCL42482

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Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau sings Mahler & Schumann

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau sings Mahler & Schumann


Mahler:

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Recorded 24th-25th June,1952 in Kingsway Hall, London

Philharmonia Orchestra, Wilhelm Furtwängler

Kindertotenlieder

Recorded 20th-21st June, 1955 in Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Rudolf Kempe

Schumann:

Liederkreis, Op. 39

Recorded 10th March, 1954 in EMI Abbey Road Studio 3, London

Gerald Moore (piano)


One the finest Lieder singers and one of the most prolific recording artists of his generation, the great German baritone, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, possessed a virtually flawless vocal technique, a remarkable ability to convey the right tonal colour and nuance of a musical phrase, as well as a wonderful command of rhythm.

This re-issue brings together three of Fischer-Dieskau’s most famous recordings, that of Schumann’s Liederkreis with the pianist Gerald Moore, a partnership which would produce a remarkable artistic and creative fusion over the next quarter century.

The 1952 recording of the song-cycle Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, conducted by Furtwängler, was made at a time when the music of Mahler was little known or heard outside German-speaking countries, a bold and inspired choice.

“In Kindertotenlieder the young Fischer-Dieskau is a perfect foil for the aging Furtwängler. Schumann's Liederkreis, Op. 39, an early collaboration with Gerald Moore, will melt the stoniest heart.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2009 *****

“Together [Fischer-Dieskau and Furtwangler] recorded what remains an unsurpassed version of the Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, the singer spontaneously overwhelmed by the meaning of the text, the conductor revealing more of the inner workings of the score than any of his successors and drawing a sensuous response from the young Philharmonia. The recording, amazingly, hardly shows its age and comes up on CD sounding natural, refined and as beautiful as the performance.” Gramophone Magazine (on the EMI reissue)

Naxos Historical Great Singers - 8111300

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Spirit Of Discovery

Spirit Of Discovery

Great Music from the Age of Exploration


Mahler:

Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor - Adagietto

Radio Symphony Orchestra Ljubljana, Anton Nanut

Mendelssohn:

Hebrides Overture, Op. 26

Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Alois Springer

Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Op. 27

Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Alois Springer

Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35: The Sea & Sinbad's Ship

Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Bystrik Rezucha

Sullivan, A:

The Pirates of Penzance: Overture

The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, The New Promenade Orchestra, Isidore Godfrey

Wood, Henry:

Fantasia on British Sea Songs

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Carl Davis


The Gift of Music - CCLCDG1054

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A Musical Moment

A Musical Moment

Profound music for contemplation


Bach, J S:

Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV1004: Chaconne

Ilya Ioff (violin)

Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2 No. 1 - Adagio

Martin Souter (piano)

Fauré:

Pavane, Op. 50

Sam Piha (guitar), Martin Vishnik (guitar)

Mahler:

Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor - Adagietto

Radio Symphony Orchestra Ljubljana, Anton Nanut

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K457: Adagio

Martin Souter (piano)

Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466 – Romance

Felicja Blumental, piano

Philips, P:

Pavana Dolorosa

Martin Souter (virginal)

Senfl:

Vita in ligno moritur, prima pars

Lynda Sayce (bass lute)


The Gift of Music - CCLCDG1159

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