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Mahler: Songs with Orchestra
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony bring their historic Mahler recording cycle to a close with the composer’s three song cycles. Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, who launched their historic Mahler recording cycle in 2001, complete the best-selling, critically acclaimed and award winning project with the composer’s atmospheric song cycles. The live recordings, taken from concerts in the orchestra’s Davies Symphony Hall, features two of America’s most lauded singers, mezzo-soprano Susan Graham in Rückert-Lieder, and baritone Thomas Hampson in Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, and selections from Das Knaben Wunderhorn.
The release coincides with international celebrations Mahler’s music, as 2010 is the 150th anniversary of his birth, and 2011 marks the 100th year of his death. The SFS and MTT, among the world’s leading interpreters of Mahler’s music, will play a significant role in the global commemoration of Mahler, through concerts, prominent media projects, and extensive international tours. The MTT/SFS Mahler cycle has won seven Grammy Awards, including three for Best Classical Album, and has sold over 140,000 recordings world-wide. This final instalment puts the crowning touch on every collector’s CD shelf.
“'Um mitternacht' works best, with gleaming voice complemented by superb San Francisco clarinets and trumpets - glorious recorded perspectives, too, as ever from this source.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2010 **/***
“From the opening bars of the Wayfarer songs, Hampson demonstrates his mettle as a gifted storyteller, his warm, legato tones awash with dramatic colour. Susan Graham's mezzo brings similar tonal and dramatic light and shade to the Rückert-Lieder. The orchestra has this music just as sussed.” Classic FM Magazine, November 2010 *****
“It is unusual to hear a baritone sing "Urlicht" or indeed "Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen", but that Housman-like tale is here most sympathetically unfolded...[Hampson's] is a performance of terrific presence and power.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2010
“[Graham's] contribution is unquestionably the highlight. She brings great depth of feeling to Liebst du um Schönheit (If you love for beauty) and Um Mitternacht (At Midnight). Indeed, I can’t think of a finer contemporary female interpreter of these songs on disc. Please, someone, record her in the other two cycles.” Sunday Times, 19th September 2010 ***
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Mahler: Kindertotenlieder, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen & Rückert-Lieder
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.
“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
“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 ****
“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 ***
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The Mahler Cycle box set
The Complete Symphonies & Songs With Orchestra
Symphonies 1-9 (complete)
Erin Wall, Elza van den Heever, Laura Claycomb (sopranos), Katarina Karnéus, Yvonne Naef, Susan Graham (mezzos), Anthony Dean Griffey (tenor), Quinn Kelsey & Thomas Hampson (baritone), James Morris (bass-baritone)
Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major - Adagio
Lied des Verfolgten im Turm (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)
Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)
for voice and piano (first appearance on CD)
Susan Graham (mezzo-soprano) & Michael Tilson Thomas (piano)
Das klagende Lied
Marina Shaguch (soprano), Michelle DeYoung (mezzo-soprano), Thomas Moser (tenor) and Sergei Leiferkus (baritone)
Das Lied von der Erde
Recorded live in concert in Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, 28 September – 2 October 2007
Thomas Hampson (baritone) & Stuart Skelton (tenor)
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)
Thomas Hampson (baritone)
Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)
Susan Graham (mezzo-soprano)
Der Tambourg'sell (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)
Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)
Revelge (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)
Urlicht (orig. in Des Knaben Wunderhorn)
The legendary Michael Tilson Thomas-San Francisco Symphony Mahler cycle is presented together for the first time in a 17-Hybrid SACD box set, with a neverbefore-released bonus of mezzo-soprano Susan Graham singing Rückert Lieder accompanied by MTT at the piano.
The foremost Mahler cycle of our time, by Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, is brought together for the first time in a single package: a magnificent collection of 17 Hybrid SACDs enclosed in elegant gatefold digi-packs and housed in a stylish and compact box set. In addition to all of Mahler’s Symphonies and the Songs with Orchestra, the set includes the first ever release of mezzo-soprano Susan Graham singing Rückert Lieder accompanied by Michael Tilson Thomas at the piano. The release coincides with the 100th anniversary of Mahler’s death on 18 May, as well as the Symphony’s European tour to such cultural capitals as Barcelona, Brussels, Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris, Prague and Vienna.
The MTT-SFS Mahler series has sold over 130,000 units worldwide, earned international critical acclaim, and received seven Grammy’s and a Gramophone Award. This new presentation is an efficient and affordable way to acquire Mahler’s entire orchestral output by the composer’s most notable modern-day interpreters.
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