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Mahler: Symphony Nos. 1, 2 & 3
Gustav Mahler

Philharmonia Orchestra and Voices / Sally Matthews / Sarah Connolly / BBC Symphony Chorus

Mahler: Symphony Nos. 1, 2 & 3

Price: € 37.95
Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212036020
Catnr: SIG 360
Release date: 24 April 2014
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Label
Signum Classics
UPC
0635212036020
Catalogue number
SIG 360
Release date
24 April 2014
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Artist(s)
Composer(s)
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About the album

Lorin Maazel leads the Philharmonia Orchestra and a star-studded ensemble of performers in Mahler’s first three Symphonies. This is the first 5-CD Set in a series that will encompass Mahler’s Nine Symphonies, featuring live orchestral recordings from London’s Royal Festival Hall of Maazel and the Philharmonia’s much-lauded Mahler Cycle.
Het eerste volume in een serie met alle symfonieën van Mahler
Lorin Maazel dirigeert het Philharmonia Orchestra en een met sterren bezaaid ensemble van musici in de eerste drie symfonieën van Mahler. Dit is het eerste volume in een serie die de negen symfonieën van Mahler omvat, opgenomen in de Royal Festival Hall in Londen.

Philharmonia Orchestra staat vooraan op het gebied van kwaliteit, en wordt erkend als het meest vooraanstaande vernieuwende orkest uit het Verenigd Koninkrijk. Het orkest onderhoudt betrekkingen met de meest gewilde artiesten en bevindt zich in de kern van het Britse muzikale leven.

Enkele recensenten over de live-uitvoeringen: “Maazel beguiles with instrumental clarity and polish, and also opens the emotional floodgates with a sense of theatre that is thrilling, not least in the mighty Resurrection Symphony.” – Classical Ear

“The philharmonia players follow him [Maazel] on every step of the journey with virtuosity and sensitivity, achieving a freshness and sense of wonder as though playing these works for the first time.” – International Record Review

Artist(s)

Sally Matthews (soprano)

Sarah Connolly (mezzo soprano)

Born in County Durham, the mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly studied piano and singing at the Royal College of Music and continued her studies with Gerald Martin Moore. She made her United States début in the 1999/2000 season in the title role of Ariodante. This was followed in the 2000/2001 season by her début at the San Francisco Opera singing both Ino and Juno in Semele. She has since returned to the NYCO as Romeo in I Capuleti ed i Montecchi and in the title role of Xerxes. In 2005 she made an acclaimed Metropolitan Opera début as Annio in La clemenza di Tito and her Carnegie Hall recital début in the Weill Hall. Opera engagements in Europe have included Nerone in L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Maggio Musicale in Florence...
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Born in County Durham, the mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly studied piano and singing at the Royal College of Music and continued her studies with Gerald Martin Moore. She made her United States début in the 1999/2000 season in the title role of Ariodante. This was followed in the 2000/2001 season by her début at the San Francisco Opera singing both Ino and Juno in Semele. She has since returned to the NYCO as Romeo in I Capuleti ed i Montecchi and in the title role of Xerxes. In 2005 she made an acclaimed Metropolitan Opera début as Annio in La clemenza di Tito and her Carnegie Hall recital début in the Weill Hall. Opera engagements in Europe have included Nerone in L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Maggio Musicale in Florence and her débuts at the Paris Opéra as Sesto in Giulio Cesare; at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées as Juno and at the Munich Festival in the title role of The Rape of Lucretia. At English National Opera her roles include Handel’s Xerxes and Ariodante, Ruggiero in Alcina, Susie in The Silver Tassie, Ottavia in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Dido in Dido and Aeneas and in The Trojans, Sesto in La clemenza di Tito, for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, and the title role in The Rape of Lucretia, which was televised by the BBC. She has appeared at Glyndebourne and at La Scala, Milan. Her concert engagements include appearances at the Salzburg Festival, Tanglewood Festival, Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonie and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, with distinguished conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Roger Norrington, Edo de Waart, Philippe Herreweghe and Daniel Harding. She is a regular guest artist at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall and was invited to take part in the opening festival of Carnegie’s new Zankel Hall in New York. Sarah Connolly is committed to promoting new music, and her world première performances include Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Twice through the heartwith the Schoenberg Ensemble conducted by Oliver Knussen; Jonathan Harvey’s Songs of Li Po at the Aldeburgh Festival and Sir John Tavener’s Tribute to Cavafy at the Symphony Hall, Birmingham. She has collaborated in a number of important recordings in repertoire ranging from Bach to Schoenberg and Vaughan Williams.

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Michelle DeYoung (mezzo soprano)

Lorin Maazel (conductor)

Composer(s)

Gustav Mahler

During his own time, Gustav Mahler was considered as one of the major conductors of Europe, but nowadays he is considered to a major composer who bridged the Late Romantic period to the modern age.  Few composers are so connected with the symphonic repertory as Gustav Mahler. Composing symphonies was his 'core business': in every aspect he developed the symphony towards, and sometimes even over, its absolute limits. Almost all of Mahler's symphonies are lenghty, demand a large orchestra and are particularly great in their expressive qualities. With rustic and mythical atmospheres (the start of the First Symphony), daunting chaos (the end of his Sixth), grand visions (end of his Second), cheerful melodies (opening Fourth), romantic melancholy (the famous adagio of...
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During his own time, Gustav Mahler was considered as one of the major conductors of Europe, but nowadays he is considered to a major composer who bridged the Late Romantic period to the modern age.

Few composers are so connected with the symphonic repertory as Gustav Mahler. Composing symphonies was his "core business": in every aspect he developed the symphony towards, and sometimes even over, its absolute limits. Almost all of Mahler's symphonies are lenghty, demand a large orchestra and are particularly great in their expressive qualities. With rustic and mythical atmospheres (the start of the First Symphony), daunting chaos (the end of his Sixth), grand visions (end of his Second), cheerful melodies (opening Fourth), romantic melancholy (the famous adagio of his Fifth), evocations of nature (his Third), megalomanic eruptions in the orchestra (his Eighth), and the clamant atonality of his unfinished Tenth, Mahler's musical palette seemed inexhaustible.

His symphonies are captivating, but some could find it a bit 'over the top' at times. For those, his orchestral songs could undoubtedly show there is an incredibly subtle and refined side to his compositional style as well.

In the Netherlands, Mahler is particularly popular due to its close bond with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, which was already established during his lifetime!


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Disc #1
01.
Symphony No. 1:: I. Langsam, schleppend - Wie ein Naturlaut
16:28
(Gustav Mahler) Philharmonia Orchestra and Voices
02.
Symphony No. 1:: II. Kraftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell
08:27
(Gustav Mahler) Philharmonia Orchestra and Voices
03.
Symphony No. 1:: III. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen
11:19
(Gustav Mahler) Philharmonia Orchestra and Voices
04.
Symphony No. 1: : IV. Sturmisch bewegt
20:44
(Gustav Mahler) Philharmonia Orchestra and Voices

Disc #2
01.
Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection':: I. Allegro maestoso
25:00
(Gustav Mahler) Philharmonia Orchestra and Voices

Disc #3
01.
Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection':: II. Andante moderato. Sehr gemachlich
11:28
(Gustav Mahler) Philharmonia Orchestra and Voices
02.
Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection':: III. Scherzo. In ruhig fliessender Bewegung
12:14
(Gustav Mahler) Philharmonia Orchestra and Voices
03.
Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection':: IV. 'Urlicht'. Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht
05:23
(Gustav Mahler) Michelle DeYoung, Philharmonia Orchestra and Voices
04.
Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection':: V. Finale
37:23
(Gustav Mahler) Sally Matthews, BBC Symphony Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra and Voices

Disc #4
01.
Symphony No. 3, Part 1:: I. Krafftig. Entscheiden
37:44
(Gustav Mahler) Philharmonia Orchestra and Voices

Disc #5
01.
Symphony No. 3, Part 2: : II. Tempo di Menuetto. Sehr massig
11:32
(Gustav Mahler) Philharmonia Orchestra and Voices
02.
Symphony No. 3, Part 2:: III. Comodo. Scherzando. Ohne Hast
17:39
(Gustav Mahler) Philharmonia Orchestra and Voices
03.
Symphony No. 3, Part 2: : IV. Sehr langsam. Misterioso
09:10
(Gustav Mahler) Sarah Connolly, Philharmonia Orchestra and Voices
04.
Symphony No. 3, Part 2: : V. Lustig im Tempo und keck in Ausdruck
04:15
(Gustav Mahler) Tiffin Boys' Choir, BBC Symphony Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra and Voices
05.
Symphony No. 3, Part 2: : VI. Langsam. Ruhevoll. Empfunden
25:51
(Gustav Mahler) Philharmonia Orchestra and Voices
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