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Zubin Mehta conducts Stravinsky and Mahler
Igor Stravinsky / Gustav Mahler
Zubin Mehta

Zubin Mehta conducts Stravinsky and Mahler

CD | ABC Classics | 0028948108473 | ABC 4810847 | 07-14

About the album

In 2012, conductor Alex Briger brought together for the first time Australia’s orchestral
diaspora - musicians born, bred or trained in Australia, now largely working overseas –
and the Australian World Orchestra was born. AWO based out of Sydney, is now an
annual event and this recording is the result of the orchestra working under Zubin Mehta
in 2013. These performances take Briger’s original idea to a whole new level, this
musical offering achieving a quality which unites musicial and artistic aspirations.
Under Mehta, the AWO produces a richly coloured reading of The Rite of Spring, heard
here in a revelatory pairing with Mahler’s first symphony in its original five-movement
version. Mahler is a composer synonymous with Mehta. Zubin Mehta has conducted
Mahler in concert extensively for over five decades the world over including orchestras
sharing a direct hertitage with the composer the New York Philharmonic, of which Mehta
has been their longest serving Principal conductor, and Vienna Philharmonic being two
such orchestras. Mahler’s Symphony No.1 is the symphony Mehta chose to program
when celebrating his 50th anniversary debut with the Berlin Philharmonic in 2012.
AWO attracts Australian musicians from far and wide. Notable Australian’s violinist
Natalie Chee, concert-master of the SWR Orchestra in Stuttgart, through to violist Toby
Lea, principal viola in the Vienna Philharmonic are two of over 50 attracted back along
with musical colleagues from the Bavarian Radio, Singapore Symphony, Philadelphia,
Osnabruck Symphony, Comiche Opera, Chicago Symphony, and Gewandhaus
Orchestras.

To the delirious Sydney Opera House audience at the conclusion of the concert and
pointing to the orchestra behind him Mehta said: “Do you realise what you’ve got here?”
After a resounding “Yes” from the audience, the 77-year-old maestro added: “Don’t let go
of them!”

This whole project is put together in 7 days and if nothing else it is clearly evident that
maestro Mehta extracts impressive energy from the assembled forces!

Visceral, exhilarating energy combined with crystal clarity ... Stravinsky’s
masterpiece had never sounded better…
— Limelight magazine, October 2013

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Im Jahr 2012 brachte der Dirigent Alex Briger zum ersten Mal Australiens Musikerelite zusammen, die, in Australien geboren und ausgebildet, über den ganzen Erdball verteilt in den größten Orchestern agieren. So wurde das Australian World Orchester geboren. Das AWO, das in Sydney residiert, is nun zum jährlichen Event herangewachsen, bei der das Orchester unter Zubin Mehta musiziert.
Auf vorliegender Aufnahme hören Sie einen farbenprächtigen “The Rite of Spring” gepaart mit Mahlers erster Sinfonie in seiner ursprünglichen Form – in fünf Sätzen. Zubin beweist hiermit einmal mehr, dass sein Gespür für Mahler einzigartig ist.

Tracklisting
    • 1
      Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth
      1. Introduction
       
      Composer: Stravinsky, Igor, Mahler, Gustav
    • 2
      Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth
      Dance of the Young Girls
       
      Composer: Stravinsky, Igor, Mahler, Gustav
    • 3
      Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth
      Ritual of Abduction
       
      Composer: Stravinsky, Igor, Mahler, Gustav
    • 4
      Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth
      Spring Rounds
       
      Composer: Stravinsky, Igor, Mahler, Gustav
    • 5
      Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth
      Games of the Rival Tribes
       
      Composer: Stravinsky, Igor, Mahler, Gustav
    • 6
      Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth
      Procession of the Sage
       
      Composer: Stravinsky, Igor, Mahler, Gustav
    • 7
      Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth
      Adoration of the Earth
       
      Composer: Stravinsky, Igor, Mahler, Gustav
    • 8
      Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth
      Dance of the Earth
       
      Composer: Stravinsky, Igor, Mahler, Gustav
    • 9
      Part 2: The Sacrifice
      Introduction
       
      Composer: Stravinsky, Igor, Mahler, Gustav
    • 10
      Part 2: The Sacrifice
      Mystic Circles of the Young Girls
       
      Composer: Stravinsky, Igor, Mahler, Gustav
    • 11
      Part 2: The Sacrifice
      Glorification of the Chosen Virgin
       
      Composer: Stravinsky, Igor, Mahler, Gustav
    • 12
      Part 2: The Sacrifice
      Evocation of the Ancestors
       
      Composer: Stravinsky, Igor, Mahler, Gustav
    • 13
      Part 2: The Sacrifice
      Ritual of the Ancestors
       
      Composer: Stravinsky, Igor, Mahler, Gustav
    • 14
      Part 2: The Sacrifice
      Sacrificial Dance – The Chosen Virgin
       
      Composer: Stravinsky, Igor, Mahler, Gustav
    • 1
      Symphony No. 1
      I. Slow, dragging. ‘Like a sound of Nature’ Blumine
       
      Composer: Stravinsky, Igor, Mahler, Gustav
    • 2
      Symphony No. 1
      II. Forcefully, yet not too fast – Trio
       
      Composer: Stravinsky, Igor, Mahler, Gustav
    • 3
      Symphony No. 1
      III. Solemn and measured, without dragging
       
      Composer: Stravinsky, Igor, Mahler, Gustav
    • 4
      Symphony No. 1
      IV.Stormily
       
      Composer: Stravinsky, Igor, Mahler, Gustav
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