Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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Waltraud Meier - I Follow a Voice Within Me

Waltraud Meier - I Follow a Voice Within Me


Mahler:

Das Lied von der Erde


Waltraud Meier, 'La Wagnerissima', the queen of Wagnerian repertoire. In a very personal account, I follow a voice within me, we enter her world and learn about her motivation, aspirations, and her joyful way of pursuing both. In addition to personal insights, this portrait presents Waltraud Meier on stage and in rehearsal in her most celebrated Wagner roles and as interpreter of Mahler Lieder, plus other great musicians such as Daniel Barenboim and Plácido Domingo speak about her and her work. This beautiful portrait of one of the finest singing actresses of our time is rounded off with a powerful recording of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde.

"…even her shrieks were musical. And she projected a riveting dramatic presence, convincingly fragile as well as ferocious…Her audience went crazy for her." New York Times

“A substantial documentary about the mezzo, with interview material involving Meier and her colleagues, plus an engaged performance of Mahler's symphonic cycle, with Torsten Kerl.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2009 ****

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Medici Arts - 2051888

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Great Voices of the Golden Age

Great Voices of the Golden Age


Beethoven:

Ah! Perfido, Op. 65

Gundula Janowitz (soprano)

Brahms:

Sapphische Ode, Op. 94 No. 4

Christa Ludwig (soprano)

Vergebliches Ständchen, Op. 84 No. 4

Christa Ludwig (soprano)

Wiegenlied, Op. 49 No. 4 (Lullaby)

Rita Streich (soprano)

Geheimnis, Op. 71 No. 3

Rita Streich (soprano)

Vergebliches Ständchen, Op. 84 No. 4

Rita Streich (soprano)

Egk:

Quattro Canzoni

Irmgard Seefried (soprano)

Mahler:

Rheinlegendchen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Christa Ludwig (soprano)

Mendelssohn:

Auf Flügeln des Gesanges, Op. 34 No. 2

Rita Streich (soprano)

Mozart:

Sehnsucht nach dem Frühlinge, K596

Rita Streich (soprano)

Schubert:

Seligkeit D433 (Holty)

Rita Streich (soprano)

Lachen und Weinen, D777

Rita Streich (soprano)

Die Vogel D691

Rita Streich (soprano)

Schumann:

Die Lotosblume, Op. 25 No. 7

Rita Streich (soprano)

Strauss, R:

Schlechtes Wetter, Op. 69 No. 5

Rita Streich (soprano)

Tchaikovsky:

Otchevo? (Why?), Op. 6 No. 5

Galina Vishnevskaya (soprano)

O ditya, pod okoshkom tvoim (Serenade), Op. 63 No. 6

Galina Vishnevskaya (soprano)

Wagner:

Mild und leise 'Isolde's Liebestod' (from Tristan und Isolde)

Tristan und Isolde, Act III

Gré Brouwenstijn (soprano)

Schmerzen (No. 4 from Wesendonck-Lieder)

Träume (No. 5 from Wesendonck-Lieder)

Gré Brouwenstijn (soprano)

Wolf, H:

Bescheidene Liebe

Rita Streich (soprano)


"On wings of song" - Heine's words and Mendelssohn's immortal melody, sung here by the inimitable Rita Streich, perfectly encapsulate the spirit of this collection. Six of the greatest voices of the last half-century perform a range of familiar music: romantic Wagner from Gré Brouwenstijn and collectors' items such as Egk's four Italian songs from the matchless Irmgard Seefried. These were the commanding voices of their day, from Christa Ludwig's warm mezzo, to Gundula Janowitz's crystalline soprano and the dramatic brilliance of Galina Vishnevskaya, all captured in their prime.

“With Vishnevskaya the odd-Russian-out, these 1960s films preserve the art of female singers mostly in the German Lied repertoire. Visual and sonic quality is variable, platform manners quaint, but the vocalism regularly excellent.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2009 ****

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Medici Arts Classic Archive - 3078538

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Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G major

Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G major


Esther Heideman (soprano)

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Hans Vonk

Hans Vonk had a close affinity with the music of Gustav Mahler. This excellent release proves that Vonk had much to say on this, one of the most recorded, of Mahler’s symphonies. Soprano, Esther Heideman gives a glorious performance in the beautiful final movement.

Pentatone - Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra - PTC5186323

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Mahler - Symphony No. 1

Mahler - Symphony No. 1


Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Strauss, R:

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

BBC Symphony Orchestra


In the winter of 1947 Bruno Walter returned to London to conduct some concerts with an orchestra that he had appeared with several times since the end of the War – the London Philharmonic, which at that time was attracting a very impressive list of celebrity conductors, thanks to brilliant managing by its former viola player, Thomas Russell. He had been a vitally major force in the success of the Orchestra’s rebirth as a self-governing orchestra in 1940 when Sir Thomas Beecham, its founder and Music Director since 1932, was no longer able to maintain it. As the LPO’s elected business secretary, Russell managed its affairs with such outstanding acumen that the orchestra became a national symbol of survival and cultural ideals for the people of England during the war. That can be seen in the wartime film Battle for Music, which was made around the story of its survival in the toughest of circumstances. Although after the war the orchestral headlines in England were the creation of two outstanding new virtuoso ensembles, the Philharmonia in 1945, and the Royal Philharmonic in 1946, the LPO’s thriving status and reputation with audiences and international conductors continued for a few more years yet, before a temporary change in its fortunes was to set in. As well as playing with Bruno Walter, it was giving notably prestigious concerts with Victor de Sabata, Ernest Ansermet, Erich Kleiber, Charles Münch, Paul Paray, Eduard van Beinum, and, before long, Serge Koussevitsky. The players were very proud of their associations with these artists, and the studio recordings they made with some of them give us a good idea of the profound effect these great conductors had on the musicians’ range of performing styles. In 1990, three years after the Music Performance Research Centre, now Music Preserved, was set up, I donated to the archive all the Agate Collection recordings I had found. This was only possible because of a new legally binding donations procedure for unauthorised off-air recordings. Now that Music Preserved has reached an agreement with Testament, this is the second of those unique documents that is being officially issued for the very first time.

Extracted from the booklet note Jon Tolansky, 2008

Testament - SBT1429

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Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

Recorded live at Concertgebouw Amsterdam on 18, 21 October 2007 and 16, 17 January 2008


Practically on the 120th anniversary of the first performance on 3 November 1888, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra releases a new episode in Mariss Jansons' Mahler cycle: the majestic Symphony No. 5. The history of this world class orchestra and the composer are closely interwined. It was Willem Mengelberg, Chief Conductor from 1895 to 1945, a close compatriot and fierce champion of Mahler's music, running strongly against European and American public taste and critical disdain, who championed Mahler's music with his Amsterdam orchestra and this music has remained on their music stands ever since. Mahler with the RCO is always like coming home. In this recording Jansons underscores more than ever the Fifth's narrative, poetic side. A valuable addition to the RCO's extensive Mahler-discography.

CONCERT REVIEWS [CARNEGIE HALL]:

"With the finale, Jansons drew a huge contrast with the restlessness of the second and third movements, lending a sense of coherence and showcasing the stunning technical control of individual players and sections. The movement took on the guise of a 'concerto for orchestra abetted by Jansons's extraordinary control of balances and dynamics. The glorious coda elicited warm sound from the brass evoking sanguine joy rather than manic energy." Classical Source

"Most likely, this orchestra has played Mahler's Fifth Symphony scores-perhaps hundreds-of times over its history, and has recorded highly regarded versions under the batons of Bernard Haitink and Riccardo Chailly. Jansons offered a sumptuous take, starting with a sizzling opening making way for some implacable wind sonorities, and some equally impressive percussion effects notable for their softness… Throughout, the Concertgebouw's musicians seemed fearless, and for their bravery the audience awarded them and Jansons five curtain calls. It's hard to imagine what kind of encore could have followed such a performance, so wisely Jansons offered none. I doubt anyone felt deprived." Musicweb

“Janson's account, though edited together from several concerts, feels genuinely live… The Scherzo is carefully characterised, the Adagietto something of a triumph. The finale goes splendidly too. Notwithstanding the sedate apotheosis of the chorale theme, it's difficult to remain unmoved by the maestro's absolute control as his players make their dash to the finishing-line.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2008

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RCO Live Mariss Jansons Mahler Symphonies - RCO08007

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Mahler: Symphony No. 3 in D minor

Mahler: Symphony No. 3 in D minor


Elena Zaremba (alto)

Sinfonia Varsovia, Chór Filharmonii Narodowej, Warsaw Boys' Chor, Jerzy Semkow

Dux - DUX0664-5

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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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