Gustav Mahler


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Gustav Mahler and his Piano

Gustav Mahler and his Piano

World premiere recording


Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: 1st movement

Ging heut' morgen übers Feld (No. 2 from Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen)

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

Symphony No. 4 in G major: Wir geniessen den himmlischen Leben

Gustav Mahler (piano)

Mahler did not leave any recordings to us, so this is all the more valuable, as it is the only audio document in which we can sense Mahler as a living musician, preserving as it does his pianistic style. It comprises of four of Mahler’s compositions which he recorded in Leipzig on a Welte piano in 1905. Mahler’s original Blüthner grand piano was used in this recording.

“The tone is softer and pliable, rather beautiful, but the Trauermarsch sounds less dramatic. The tempi of the pieces vary alarmingly between the discs. Mahler’s playing is hardly virtuosic, indeed ludicrously slipshod at times. But it is *Mahler*.” Sunday Times, 23rd May 2010 ***

Preiser - PR90781



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

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

Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, Andrés Orozco-Estrada

Andrés Orozco-Estrada was born in Colombia, began his musical education in his native country and then studied in Vienna. He stood in at a concert in the Vienna Festival in 2004 and the newspaper Der Standard called him “The wonder of Vienna”. He was appointed as Music Director of this orchestra in 2009 and is also principal conductor of the Basque National Orchestra.

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Hybrid Multi-channel

Preiser - PR90784



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Mahler - Adagios

Mahler - Adagios


Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor - Adagietto

Urlicht (from Symphony No. 2)

Mira Zakai (contralto)

Symphony No. 4 in G major: Ruhevoll

Der Abschied (Das Lied von der Erde)

Yvonne Minton (mezzo-soprano)

Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (Rückert-Lieder)

Brigitte Fassbaender (mezzo-soprano)

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Riccardo Chailly

Symphony No. 6 in A minor 'Tragic' - Andante

Symphony No. 3 in D minor: Langsam

Symphony No. 9 in D major: Adagio (Sehr langsam und noch zurückhaltend)

Today Mahler's music enjoys an unprecedented level of popularity throughout the world - resurgence in interest that began in the 1960s, and which was fuelled by the use of the composer's music in films such as Visconti's Death in Venice and Ken Russell's Mahler.

This new addition to Decca's popular Adagios series has over two hours of Mahler's most haunting, emotional and beautiful music.

The recordings included here feature the famous partnership of Sir Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as Riccardo Chailly and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin with Brigitte Fassbaender in the haunting "Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen".

An ideal introduction to the world of Mahler.

Decca - 4782342

(CD - 2 discs)


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Idil Biret Archive Edition Volume 5 - Mahler & Franck

Idil Biret Archive Edition Volume 5 - Mahler & Franck

Recorded at CBS Studios, London, 1980

Franck, C:

Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 14


Piano Quartet (in one movement) in A minor

Idil Biret (piano) with the London String Quartet: Carl Pini (Violin), Benedict Cruft (Violin), Rusen Günes (Viola) & Roger Smith (Cello)

“Schönberg, insisting on the legitimate interest that attaches to every aspect of the life and person of a great man, once said he would have liked to see how Mahler tied his tie. It is in something of that spirit that one approaches the earliest Mahler work to have come down to us, the single movement for piano quartet in A minor (apparently the first movement of a projected four-movement opus), which he wrote while a student at the Vienna Conservatory, probably late in 1876 when he was 16 years old. As Mahler put it in 1893 “in the end I sent it to Moscow for a competition and it got lost”. But in fact it was found among the effects of his widow Alma after her death in 1964, in a folder labelled “early compositions”…

"Weighty, four-square, thickly-scored, discursive, impassioned, Franck’s quintet seems to transgress against every one of what one usually thinks of as the conventional “Gallic” virtues: deftness, lightness of texture, epigrammaticism, objectivity, elegance, wit… Even such a quintessentially “Gallic” composer as Debussy could respond to Franck’s idealism and purity of aims, despite the gulf that separated their artistic temperaments. “César Franck is always a worshipper of music”, he wrote. “No power on earth can induce him to interrupt a passage he considers just and necessary; however long it is, it must be gone through. This is the hallmark of an imagination so selfless as to check its very sobs until it has first tested their genuineness.” What redeemed Franck for Debussy, then, was the intense, irresistible sincerity that has won his late work a devoted audience now for over a century. The quintet, the earliest of Franck’s works to have joined the enduring concert repertoire, bears it the most eloquent of testimonies.” Richard Taruskin / Columbia University 1981

Naxos Idil Biret Edition - 8571278



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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Presto CD

Decca - 4140662

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Mahler: Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major

Mahler: Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major

performing version by Rudolph Barshai

Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Rudolph Barshai

“…a Tenth to treasure. Barshai’s Mahler is not to be missed.” Musicweb

Mahler left only sketches of his 10-th symphony, a mere skeleton of the music survived his death. Only the unearthly Adagio survived completed by the composer.

Several musicologists attempted to complete and orchestrate this intriguing symphony, and this completion by Maestro Rudolf Barshai is in true Mahlerian style and bears witness to his vast expertise as a Mahler-conductor.

Critically acclaimed recording, welcomed by the critics as a very valuable addition to the Mahler-canon.

Reissue, for the first time available as a single-CD.

Brilliant Classics - 94040BR



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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Jo Vincent (soprano) & Kathleen Ferrier (contralto)

Amsterdam Toonkunstkoor & Concertgebouworkest, Otto Klemperer

This is a live recording from the Holland Festival, Amsterdam in 1951. New remastering – excellent sound.

Archipel Records - ARPCD0492



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Mahler - Symphony No. 1 & Rückert Lieder

Mahler - Symphony No. 1 & Rückert Lieder


Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)

Christine Schäfer (soprano)

With an impressively wide-ranging concert repertoire spanning works from baroque through to contemporary, Christine Schafer enjoys a flourishing concert career with regular appearances on the major concert stages of Europe and America. The Germany Symphony Berlin is generally regarded as a great exponent of German orchestra culture due to its specific and versatile sound.

“[Schäfer's] performances exude the sense of discovery of a wide range in individual emotions that runs through these songs; her tonal qualities are admirable and she is excellently balanced with the orchestra, which plays outstandingly well for her.” International Record Review, July/August 2010

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Featured - May 2010

Capriccio - C5026



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Mahler - The Complete Symphonies

Mahler - The Complete Symphonies


Symphonies 1-9 (complete)

Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major

Completed by Joe Wheeler

Lynda Russell (soprano)

Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra Warsaw Boys’ Choir, Kraków Philharmonic Choir & Kraków Boys’ Choir, Antoni Wit, Michael Halász & Robert Olson

‘The symphony must be like the world. It must embrace everything.’ This oft-quoted statement by Mahler serves to illustrate his extraordinary artistic ambition and focus.

The journey through his symphonies is rich and emotionally charged, imbued as they are with the influences of his surroundings, his suffering as well as his joy, and his unique sense of satire.

These critically acclaimed recordings culminate in the Tenth Symphony completed by Joe Wheeler (“Heartily recommended” – CDnow) and the box-set includes detailed notes and sung texts.

Naxos - Antoni Wit Mahler Symphonies - 8501502

(CD - 15 discs)


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

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

Live recording

Staatsorchester Braunschweig, Alexander Joel

“It has turned out to be so overwhelming – as though it flowed out of me like a mountain stream”. After four years of work Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) was euphoric when he completed his first symphony in 1888. In this special year, celebrating the 150th anniversary of his birth, Coviello are proud to present this dynamic ‘live’ recording of the Titan symphony.

Coviello - COV31002



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