Dimitri Mitropoulos conducts Debussy & Mahler

ica classics: ICAC5021

Prices shown exclude VAT. (UK tax is not payable for deliveries to United States.)
See Terms & Conditions for p&p rates.
Dimitri Mitropoulos conducts Debussy & Mahler

Catalogue No:






Release date:

26th April 2011




1 hour 57 minutes


CD (download also available)
| Share

Dimitri Mitropoulos conducts Debussy & Mahler


La Mer

Saal 1, Funkhaus, Cologne, 24 October 1960


Symphony No. 3

Saal 1, Funkhaus, Cologne, 31 October 1960

Lucretia West (contralto)

CD - 2 discs


(also available to download from $16.00)

Usually despatched in 2 - 3 working days. (Available now to download.)

Dimitri Mitropoulos (1896–1960), a most distinguished Mahlerian, was one of the great conductors of his generation, the music director of the New York Philharmonic and a frequent guest conductor of the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics as well as La Scala, Milan.

This Cologne performance of Mahler’s Symphony No.3 from 31 October 1960 is the only complete performance of the work conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos, the only other being his 1956 broadcast with the New York Philharmonic which is distorted by cuts and amendments.

It is the only officially released recording of Mitropoulos’s performance and together with Debussy’s La Mer, is sourced from WDR’s own master tapes.

The Cologne concert took place two days before Mitropoulos’s death in Milan on 2 November 1960. The set is completed by Mitropoulos’s outstanding interpretation of Debussy’s La Mer. A worthy document of a great condutor.

SAMPLE TRACK Mahler: Symphony No.3 - 1st Movement

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 3 in D minor

I. Kraftig - Entschieden

II. Tempo di menuetto. Sehr massig

III. Comodo. Scherzando. Ohne Hast

IV. Sehr langsam. Misterioso

V. Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck

VI. Langsam. Ruhevoll. Empfunden

Claude Debussy: La mer

No. 1. De l'aube a midi sur la mer

No. 2. Jeux de vagues

No. 3. Dialogue du vent et de la mer

Dimitri Mitropoulos addresses the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra (1950s)

Dimitri Mitropoulos addresses the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra (1950s)

Sunday Times

8th May 2011


“These performances, taken from 1960 radio broadcasts, were the last Mitropoulos gave. During the symphony’s huge first movement, he suffered a heart attack; and, though he went on conducting, he died two days later... Yet this account is still fine enough to reveal his mastery of Mahler and his rapport with the Cologne orchestra, shown also in a brilliant, mercurial La Mer.”

The Arts Desk

Graham Rickson

4th June 2011

“part of the fascination of this 1960 live performance is hearing the Cologne orchestra tackle what was then very unfamiliar repertoire. The playing is occasionally rough and imprecise, but it’s also wonderfully exciting. Mitropoulos seamlessly knits the kaleidoscopic first movement together, the trombone solo raw and passionate, the marching band sections rowdy but tightly controlled.”

Choose Format:

What is MP3 and FLAC?

Click on any of the works listed above for alternative recordings.

Copyright © 2002-17 Presto Classical Limited, all rights reserved.