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Symphony No. 3
Gustav Mahler

Daniel Raiskin

Symphony No. 3

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Format: CD
Label: CAvi
UPC: 4260085533251
Catnr: AVI 8553325
Release date: 27 February 2015
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CAvi
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4260085533251
Catalogue number
AVI 8553325
Release date
27 February 2015

"Once again, Raiskin and his overachieving orchestra have far exceeded reasonable expectations against brutal competition from A-list Mahler conductors and orchestras."

Fanfare Magazine, 01-6-2017
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The composer who dared such open rivalry with God himself was also a brilliant conductor. “Architecture is music in space, as it were a frozen music,” Schelling once wrote, and Mahler applied this in his conducting style: music is architecture transposed into the dimension of time- moving, flowing architecture. Instead of merely tracing the outlines of fellow-artists’ musical blueprints with a schoolboyish hand, Mahler built forms based on the drawings of great musical architects. To Mahler, the actual process of constructing a musical form- its deployment along the axis of time- was infinitely more important than the ultimate goal, a perfectly formed crystal. Daniel Raiskin takes on Mahler’s third symphony, putting into practice this same idea of acting as a musical architect, a master builder who immediately brings his construction project into fruition in the concert hall.

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Boys of the Mainzer Domchor & Ladies of the Domkantorei Mainz

DOMKANTOREI ST. MARTIN was founded in 1987 by Prof. Mathias Breitschaft, its former conductor. Many well-known orchestra conductors have engaged the choir for performances and recordings in view of its homogeneous timbre and its high degree of musical flexibility. Thus the St. Martin Domkantorei has collaborated with musicians such as Riccardo Chailly, the late Giuseppe Sinopoli, the late David Shallon, Louis Langrée and others – appearing with the Bonn Beethoven Orchestra, the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, the State Orchestra Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz, Dresden Staatskapelle, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie in Bremen. The choir’s new conductor since August 2012 is Mainz Cathedral Director of Music Karsten Storck. The Mainz Cathedral men’s and boys’ choir MAINZER DOMCHOR comprises a total of 140 members ages 8 to 24 who sing in...
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DOMKANTOREI ST. MARTIN was founded in 1987 by Prof. Mathias Breitschaft, its former conductor. Many well-known orchestra conductors have engaged the choir for performances and recordings in view of its homogeneous timbre and its high degree of musical flexibility. Thus the St. Martin Domkantorei has collaborated with musicians such as Riccardo Chailly, the late Giuseppe Sinopoli, the late David Shallon, Louis Langrée and others – appearing with the Bonn Beethoven Orchestra, the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, the State Orchestra Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz, Dresden Staatskapelle, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie in Bremen. The choir’s new conductor since August 2012 is Mainz Cathedral Director of Music Karsten Storck.
The Mainz Cathedral men’s and boys’ choir MAINZER DOMCHOR comprises a total of 140 members ages 8 to 24 who sing in its different formations. The choir has been performing in Cathedral masses every Sunday and church holiday ever since 1866, when it was founded by Bishop Emanuel von Ketteler. Moreover, in the course of the last 25 years, the choir has become quite well-known; its concert engagements have thus been steadily multiplying, and the formation has travelled to perform worldwide, including frequent appearances in German cathedrals and concert halls. The choir does not have its own boarding school; instead, its members meet three times a week in the Cathedral Choir House in order to rehearse great choral repertoire on the basis of extended choral and solo vocal training. Karsten Storck is the choir's artistic director.
Few orchestras can look back on a history as long as that of the RHEINISCHE PHILHARMONIE STATE ORCHESTRA. Its roots go back to 1654, the year when the Prince Bishop‘s Court Orchestra was founded in Koblenz. In 1973, the State took up the orchestra’s financing in order to ensure long-term enrichment of musical life in the Rhineland-Palatinate. The Rheinische Philharmonie not only offers over sixty orchestra concerts each year, but also plays for ca. 140 annual opera stagings at Koblenz Municipal Theatre, thus fulfilling an essential role in the cultural and social life of the Rhineland Palatinate. The orchestra reinforces its excellent reputation on tours in Germany and abroad, by participating in international festivals and through a series of recordings for radio and CD. It is thus offered a warm welcome in the great concert halls of Germany and Europe – in venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg. These outstanding results are due, last not least, to the constant dedication of Daniel Raiskin. Ever since his appointment as Chief Conductor in 2005, Raiskin has been making clear, decisive moves in favour of ongoing artistic evolution by forming the orchestra’s own unique, individual profile. The Rheinische Philharmonie State Orchestra collaborates on a regular basis with such internationally renowned artists as Julian Rachlin, Daniel Müller-Schott and Benjamin Schmid.

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Daniel Raiskin (conductor)

Daniel Raiskin became quickly recognized as one of the most versatile conductors of the younger generation. He cultivates a broad repertoire, often looks beyond the mainstream in his strikingly conceived programmes. A son of a prominent musicologist, Daniel Raiskin grew up in St. Petersburg. He attended music school from the age of six and went on to the celebrated conservatory in his native city, where he studied viola and conducting. Inspired to take up the baton by an encounter with the distinguished teacher Lev Savich, he chose to make a gradual transition into a conducting career. At the age of twenty, Daniel Raiskin left the Soviet Union to continue his studies in Amsterdam and Freiburg, and was soon in demand as one of Europe’s leading...
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Daniel Raiskin became quickly recognized as one of the most versatile conductors of the younger generation. He cultivates a broad repertoire, often looks beyond the mainstream in his strikingly conceived programmes. A son of a prominent musicologist, Daniel Raiskin grew up in St. Petersburg. He attended music school from the age of six and went on to the celebrated conservatory in his native city, where he studied viola and conducting. Inspired to take up the baton by an encounter with the distinguished teacher Lev Savich, he chose to make a gradual transition into a conducting career. At the age of twenty, Daniel Raiskin left the Soviet Union to continue his studies in Amsterdam and Freiburg, and was soon in demand as one of Europe’s leading viola players, both as a soloist and chamber musician. He also took classes with maestri such as Mariss Jansons, Neeme Järvi, Milan Horvat, Woldemar Nelson and Jorma Panula.
Since 2005, Daniel Raiskin has been the Chief Conductor of the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie in Koblenz, and since 2008 has held the same title with the “Artur Rubinstein” Philharmonic Orchestra in the Polish city of Lodz. His regular guest engagements across Europe and Asia include working with first rate Orchestras in Belgrad, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Buenos Aires, Jena, Hong Kong, Krakow, Malmö, Salzburg, Taiwan, Hannover, Porto, Lyon, Marseille, México, Mainz etc.
Among the major soloists with whom Daniel Raiskin has appeared are Martin Fröst, Alban Gerhardt, Natalia Gutman, Gerhard Oppitz, Janine Jansen, Kari Kriikku, Lang Lang, Francois Leleux, Alexei Lubimov, Mischa Maisky, Midori, Shlomo Mintz, Daniel Müller-Schott, Steven Osborne, Enrico Pace, Ivo Pogorelich, Julian Rachlin, Vadim Repin, Benjamin Schmid, Dmitri Sitkovetsky, Julian Steckel and Alexei Volodin.
Recent recordings include the entire Brahms symphonies for the label TwoPianists and Shostakovich Symphony No. 4 for the label CAvi-music, both to great critical acclaim. His recording of cello concertos by Korngold, Bloch and Goldschmidt with Julian Steckel for the label CAvi-music received an ECHO Klassik Award in 2012. „Daniel Raiskin is clearly a musician of sensibility, well versed in his craft; a further example perhaps of one last great gift of the old Soviet Union, the rigour and distinction of its conducting schools.” (Gramophone, 2/2012)
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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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Once again, Raiskin and his overachieving orchestra have far exceeded reasonable expectations against brutal competition from A-list Mahler conductors and orchestras.
Fanfare Magazine, 01-6-2017

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