Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Kindertotenlieder & Rückert-Lieder

Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Kindertotenlieder & Rückert-Lieder


Mahler:

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Kindertotenlieder

Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)


Hermine Haselböck (mezzo-soprano) & Russell Ryan (piano)

The Austrian mezzo-soprano Hermine Haselböck, winner of the Vienna Musikverein's Alexander Zemlinsky Prize, sings three of Gustav Mahler's great song cycles, accompanied by pianist Russell Ryan. Hermine Haselböck's other Bridge CDs include Lieder by Franz Schreker with baritone Wolfgang Holzmair and pianist Russell Ryan, BRIDGE9259); and Lieder by Alexander Zemlinsky (with pianist Florian Henschel, BRIDGE9244).

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Mahler: Symphony No. 3

Mahler: Symphony No. 3


Michelle DeYoung (mezzo soprano), Peter Sullivan (solo trombone) & George Vosburgh (post horn)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh & Children’s Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh, Manfred Honeck

After the successful release by the highly regarded Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra of recordings of two of Gustav Mahler’s symphonies, No. 1 in D major (EXCL00026) and No. 4 in G major (EXCL00048), this two channel double SACD set features a live performance of the composer’s massive Third Symphony in D minor.

Considered to be one of the best modern day interpreters of Gustav Mahler’s music, 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 Music Director in 2008.

Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 in D minor was written between 1893 and 1896 and is the longest symphony in the standard repertoire. It has five movements and features a large orchestra, chorus, children’s choir, and female soloist.

“There are many glorious things in here: the ethereally distant posthorn in the Scherzo, or the sudden eruption of raw elemental power at the end of the movement. Michelle de Young's 'O Mensch!' is suitably mesmerising, and the children's 'Bimm, bamm' bell effects in the fifth movement are splendidly lacking in Anglo-Saxon embarrassment. The recording captures everything with vivid fidelity.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ****

“The great cinemascopic vistas that are summoned up by those eight unison horns at the start are quite remarkable for their depth, breadth and thunderous immediacy. Manfred Honeck (clearly a Mahlerian to reckon with) and his engineers are especially impressive in catching the gaudy splendour of the first movement...The orchestral playing is pretty tremendous throughout...More than a little special, then, in marvellous sound.” Gramophone Magazine, Gramophone 2011

“this is a notably successful new version...First, there's the playing: this orchestra has a long and distinguished recording history...but it can seldom have sounded as magnificent as it does here...Next, there's Manfred Honeck's conducting...it's one of the most successful readings I've heard of the work in recent years...As for the sound, it's marvellous” International Record Review, January 2012

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - November 2011

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University of Houston Wind Ensemble, Vol. 1

University of Houston Wind Ensemble, Vol. 1


includes

Barber:

Commando March

Praetorius, M:

Four Dances from Terpsichore

Puccini:

O soave fanciulla (from La Bohème)

Nessun dorma (from Turandot)


University of Houston Wind Ensemble, Eddie Green

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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde


Jadwiga Rappé (alto) & Piotr Kusiewicz (tenor)

Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice, Michael Zilm

This dynamic ‘live’ recording really does showcase this key work in Mahler’s discography.

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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

arr. Schoenberg


Jane Irwin (mezzo-soprano) & Peter Wedd (tenor)

Manchester Camerata, Douglas Boyd

Manchester Camerata, conducted by Douglas Boyd and joined by mezzo-soprano Jane Irwin and tenor Peter Wedd, give a vivid and memorable performance of Schoenberg’s chamber transcription of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde.

Last year’s Mahler in Manchester festival was “A sensory experience like no other,” according to The Sunday Times, not least for the Manchester Camerata’s revelatory performance of Das Lied von der Erde in the scaled-down chamber version by Schoenberg.

The poignancy of Mahler’s “Song of the Earth” is highlighted by the reduced forces: just 16 performers, including the distinctive chimes of harmonium, celeste and piano. The chamber arrangement came about through Schoenberg’s Vienna-based Association for Private Musical Performances, founded in 1918. Dedicated to exploring new music but short of funds, they made a number of chamber versions of larger works, of which Das Lied was one. Conducted by Douglas Boyd, Manchester Camerata's performance of this transcription loses nothing of the astonishing sonic allure of the original – an ideal memento of an enlightening festival celebrating the music of Mahler.

“[The arrangement] works remarkably well...This performance under the greatly gifted Douglas Boyd is impressive...in this recording many interesting details come to light, and the soloists are both fine, without being overtaxed in the way that almost everyone is in the full orchestral version.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2011 ****

“Manchester Camerata's nuanced, expertly balanced performance imbues the many oriental inflections with vivid brightness...Wedd meets head-one the high-lying heldentenor challenges of 'Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde'. His strong tenor is commanding and intense in the vigorous animated passages, and equally arresting in the softer moments. A fresh-sounding interpretation awash with dramatic and tonal colour.” Classic FM Magazine, September 2011 ****

“Schoenberg and Riehn make full use of the array of colours at their command. The tenor Peter Wedd, though powerful, shows himself capable of tender intimacy, while the mezzo Jane Irwin gives a moving account of the final Der Abschied. The Camerata play with distinction under the intelligent shaping of Douglas Boyd.” Sunday Times, 4th September 2011

“even in chamber dress, mezzo-soprano Jane Irwin and the Manchester team capture its progress from objective narration to personal vision with rapt and compelling intensity...The arrangement undoubtedly takes on a life of its own. It refracts this great masterwork through a different prism lending its own special insights, and this performance is a comprehensive realization of its considerable merits.” International Record Review, November 2011

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Mahler: Symphony No. 3

Mahler: Symphony No. 3


Alexandra Petersamer (mezzo-soprano)

Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Choir, Brno (female members), Aurelius Sangerknaben Calw, Gabriel Feltz

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Mahler: Kindertotenlieder, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen & Rückert-Lieder

Mahler: Kindertotenlieder, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen & Rückert-Lieder


Mahler:

Kindertotenlieder

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)


Swedish Mezzo-soprano and former winner of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, Katarina Karnéus is joined on this disc by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki to perform three of Gustav Mahler’s orchestral songs.

As a composer, Gustav Mahler was absorbed by song and symphony as complementary genres deeply involved with each other. In his first symphony, Mahler included two themes from the song cycle Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, originally scored for voice and piano, which he had recently composed to his own poems. It was perhaps the experience of orchestrating these themes in his symphony that a few years later inspired Mahler to create the version for voice and orchestra.

All of the songs in Kindertotenlieder and Rückert-Lieder are settings of poems by the poet Friedrich Rückert, composed between 1901 and 1904. For Kindertotenlieder (Songs of the death of children) Mahler chose five of more than four hundred poems written by Rückert in reaction to the death of his two children: poems of despair, disbelief and resignation.

While Kindertotenlieder was conceived as a cycle, the Rückert-Lieder are more loosely connected with each other and they include some of the most sublime Mahlerian moments, for instance in Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen.

“The recorded sound is wonderful, and Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki coaxes a sound of golden warmth from her Swedish orchestra. Swedish mezzo-soprano Katarina Karnéus makes a sound as rich and glossy as a thoroughbred’s coat.” The Telegraph, 14th July 2011 ***

“she sings them as beautifully as any contemporary female interpreter, with her smoky vocal colouring, her careful enunciation of the texts and her feeling for the heart-rending pathos of the music...there is a unity of purpose in these readings that makes them a must-hear for dedicated Mahlerians.” Sunday Times, 31st July 2011 ****

“Karnéus is delightfully taut of rhythm in 'Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder', which she places first. And the orchestral accompaniment here is painstaking.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2011 ***

“The split threads of Mahler's orchestral nerve-ends are teased so thoroughly and with such interest by the orchestra and the BIS engineers that more than several listenings are required to assimilate them. Susanna Mälkki favours an Expressionist level of detail that casts louring shadows over even the blue flowers and green fields of the Wayfarer's first song...Karnéus is a secure and heartfelt interpreter.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2011

“Karnéus is at her best in one or two obvious places, and one or two less obvious ones...['Ich bin der Welt'] seldom fails in performance, and here her warm mezzo spins an ethereal thread of golden tone that perfectly matches the sentiments...['Um Mitternacht'] is heart-rending, and the great cry of the final stanza is magnificent...the playing of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra throughout is as other-worldly as Mahler might have dreamed.” International Record Review, September 2011

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Wolfgang Holzmair: Das Mahler Album

Wolfgang Holzmair: Das Mahler Album


Mahler:

Drei frühe Lieder for tenor & piano

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Kindertotenlieder

Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)

Zwei Skizzen


Wolfgang Holzmair (baritone) & Russell Ryan (piano)

Nightingale Classics is proud to present the new lieder album of the Austrian baritone Wolfgang Holzmair.

For years a successful performer in major venues and international festivals around the world, Holzmair looks back on an impressive number of solo recitals. However, lieder by Gustav Mahler have not been included in his otherwise comprehensive discography.

In addition to the well-known cycles Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer), Kindertotenlieder (Songs on the Death of Children) and Rückertlieder, the programme begins with a selection of early songs on texts by Leander, de Molina and Mahler himself.

The two songs at the end of this recital are unfinished compositions based on poems by Heinrich Heine. These two lieder fragments are presented in this collection as world premiere recordings.

Nightingale - NC00010011

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

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


The San Francisco Symphony with Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas begin offering reissues of their award-winning and critically acclaimed Mahler cycle with Symphony No. 1, in Hybrid SACD format and packaged in SACD jewel cases.

Mahler's Symphony No. 1 was one of the most stunning debuts in symphonic music history. This powerful and passionate performance of Mahler's "Titan" was recorded during the SFS concerts of 19 - 23 September 2001, and captures the live-performance excitement of the Grammy-winning conductor-symphony partnership that the Los Angeles Times declared "the most exciting Mahler combination anywhere right now."

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Mahler: Symphony No. 3

Mahler: Symphony No. 3


Mahler:

Symphony No. 3

with Women of the SFS Chorus, the Pacific Boychoir and the San Francisco Girls Chorus

Kindertotenlieder


The San Francisco Symphony with Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas continue the reissues of their award-winning and critically acclaimed Mahler cycle, with Symphony No. 3, in Hybrid SACD format and packaged in SACD jewel cases.

The Mahler Third features mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, Women of the SFS Chorus, the Pacific Boychoir and the San Francisco Girls Chorus. Also included in this two-disc set is a recording of Mahler's heartbreaking Kindertotenlieder, with Michelle DeYoung.

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