Gustav Mahler: Complete Edition

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
For the occasion of Gustav Mahler's sesquicentennial, Deutsche Grammophon has pooled resources with Decca and drawn on an impressive backlist of superb recordings for this complete 2010 edition. The list of conductors reads like a Who's Who of celebrated maestros, and because Rafael Kubelik, Seiji Ozawa, Zubin Mehta, Bernard Haitink, Pierre Boulez, Leonard Bernstein, Claudio Abbado, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Georg Solti, Herbert von Karajan, Riccardo Chailly, and Carlo Maria Giulini were all eminent Mahlerians of the 20th century, the roster is quite impressive, even to seasoned connoisseurs. Normally, listeners have a choice between acquiring a box set of Mahler's symphonies ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
For the occasion of Gustav Mahler's sesquicentennial, Deutsche Grammophon has pooled resources with Decca and drawn on an impressive backlist of superb recordings for this complete 2010 edition. The list of conductors reads like a Who's Who of celebrated maestros, and because Rafael Kubelik, Seiji Ozawa, Zubin Mehta, Bernard Haitink, Pierre Boulez, Leonard Bernstein, Claudio Abbado, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Georg Solti, Herbert von Karajan, Riccardo Chailly, and Carlo Maria Giulini were all eminent Mahlerians of the 20th century, the roster is quite impressive, even to seasoned connoisseurs. Normally, listeners have a choice between acquiring a box set of Mahler's symphonies and songs, recorded by one prominent conductor, or picking up albums singly and building a collection on the merits of the performances. In this instance, DG followed the latter course and chose the finest recordings based on their own strengths, granting in advance that the conductors were especially appropriate for the given works. Considering that there isn't a mediocre performance here, and that the ensembles are all world-class, this is an incredibly tempting offering. In addition to the 10 symphonies and "Das Lied von der Erde," Mahler's song cycles are presented in their entirety, and the "Piano Quartet" movement and the Entr'acte from Mahler's arrangement of Weber's "Die drei Pintos" round out the set. While beginners might want to listen to several different recordings of the symphonies before committing to this compendium, those who are knowledgeable will recognize its value and find it well worth having.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2010
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947788256
  • Catalog Number: 001439302

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 1 in D major ("Titan") - Gustav Mahler & Rafael Kubelik (49:58)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byRafael Kubelik
    Performed byRafael Kubelik, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
    1. 1 Langsam. Schleppend. Wie ein Naturlaut. Im Anfang sehr gemächlich
    2. 2 Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell - Trio. Recht gemächlich
    3. 3 Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen
    4. 4 Stürmisch bewegt
  2. 5 Blumine ("Flora"), for orchestra (discarded movement from Symphony No. 1) - Gustav Mahler & Alison Ames (6:00)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted bySeiji Ozawa
    Performed byBoston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa
Disc 2
  1. 1–9 Symphony No. 2 in C minor ("Resurrection") - Gustav Mahler & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (81:06)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byZubin Mehta
    Performed byVienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna State Opera Chorus, Ileana Cotrubas, Christa Ludwig, Zubin Mehta
    1. 1 Allegro maestoso. Mit durchaus ernstem und feierlichem Ausdruck
    2. 2 Andante moderato. Sehr gemächlich
    3. 3 In ruhig fließender Bewegung
    4. 4 Urlicht. Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht. O Röschen rot!
    5. 5 Im Tempo des Scherzos. Wild herausfahrend -
    6. 6 Maestoso. Sehr zurückhaltend -
    7. 7 Sehr langsam und gedehnt -
    8. 8 Aufersteh'n, ja aufsteh'n wirst du. Langsam. Misterioso -
    9. 9 O glaube, mein Herz, o glaube
Disc 3
  1. 1–6 Symphony No. 3 in D minor - Friedrich Nietzsche & Gustav Mahler (94:21)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byBernard Haitink
    Performed byRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Maureen Forrester, Bernard Haitink, Toon Vranken, Women's Chorus of the Netherlands Radio
    1. 1Part 1. 1. Kräftig. Entschieden
    2. 2Part 2. 2. Tempo di Menuetto. Sehr Mäßig
    3. 3Part 2. 3. Comodo. Scherzando. Ohne Hast
    4. 4Part 2. 4. Sehr langsam. Misterioso. Durchaus ppp. O Mensch! Gib acht!
    5. 5Part 2. 5. Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck. Bimm bamm / Es sungen drei Engel
    6. 6Part 2. 6. Langsam. Ruhevoll. Empfunden
Disc 4
Disc 5
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 4 in G major - Pierre Boulez & Gustav Mahler (53:38)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byPierre Boulez
    Performed byPierre Boulez, Juliane Banse, Cleveland Orchestra
    1. 1 Bedächtig. Nicht eilen
    2. 2 In gemächligher Bewegung. Ohne Hast
    3. 3 Ruhevoll. Poco Adagio
    4. 4 Sehr behaglich. Wir genießen die himmlischen Freuden
  2. 5 Totenfeier, symphonic poem in C minor - Pierre Boulez & Gustav Mahler (25:08)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byPierre Boulez
    Performed byPierre Boulez, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Disc 6
  1. 1–5 Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor - Gustav Mahler & Leonard Bernstein (74:58)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byLeonard Bernstein
    Performed byLeonard Bernstein, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
    1. 1Part 1. 1. Trauermarsch. In gemessenem Schritt. Streng. Wie ein Kondukt
    2. 2Part 1. 2. Stürmisch bewegt. Mit größter Vehemenz
    3. 3Part 2. 3. Scherzo. Kräftig, nicht zu schnell
    4. 4Part 3. 4. Adagietto. Sehr langsam
    5. 5Part 3. 5. Rondo - Finale. Allegro - Allegro giocoso. Frisch
Disc 7
  1. 1–5 Symphony No. 6 in A minor ("Tragic") - Gustav Mahler & Claudio Abbado (79:36)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byClaudio Abbado
    Performed byClaudio Abbado, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
    1. 1 Allegro energico, ma non troppo. Heftig, aber markig
    2. 2 Andante moderato
    3. 3 Scherzo. Wuchtig
    4. 4 Finale. Allegro moderato - Allegro energico
    5. 5Applause
Disc 8
  1. 1–5 Symphony No. 7 in E minor ("Song of the Night") - Giuseppe Sinopoli & Gustav Mahler (87:24)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byGiuseppe Sinopoli
    Performed byGiuseppe Sinopoli, New Philharmonia Orchestra
    1. 1 Langsam (Adagio). Nicht schleppen - Allegro risoluto, ma non troppo
    2. 2 Nachtmusik. Allegro moderato
    3. 3 Scherzo. Schattenhaft - Trio
    4. 4 Nachtmusik. Andante amoroso
    5. 5 Rondo - Finale. Tempo 1 (Allegro ordinario) - Tempo 2 (Allegro moderato ma energico)
Disc 9
Disc 10
  1. 1–16 Symphony No. 8 in E flat major ("Symphony of a Thousand") - Gustav Mahler & René Kollo (79:39)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byGeorg Solti
    Performed byRené Kollo, Arleen Augér, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Vienna State Opera Chorus, Wiener Singverein, Heather Harper, Yvonne Minton, Lucia Popp, John Shirley-Quirk, Georg Solti, Martti Talvela, Helen Watts
    1. 1Part 1. Hymnus Veni, creator spiritus. Veni, creator spiritus
    2. 2Part 1. Hymnus Veni, creator spiritus. Imple superna gratia
    3. 3Part 1. Hymnus Veni, creator spiritus. Infirma nostri corporis
    4. 4Part 1. Hymnus Veni, creator spiritus. Accende lumen sensibus
    5. 5Part 1. Hymnus Veni, creator spiritus. Veni, creator spiritus
    6. 6Part 1. Hymnus Veni, creator spiritus. Gloria sit Patri Domino
    7. 7Part 2. Final Scene from Goethe's Faust, Part 2. Poco adagio - Waldung, sie schwankt heran
    8. 8Part 2. Final Scene from Goethe's Faust, Part 2. Ewiger Wonnebrand
    9. 9Part 2. Final Scene from Goethe's Faust, Part 2. Wie Felsenabgrund mir zu Füßen
    10. 10Part 2. Final Scene from Goethe's Faust, Part 2. Gerettet ist das edle Glied / Hände verschlinget e
    11. 11Part 2. Final Scene from Goethe's Faust, Part 2. Uns bleibt ein Erdenrest / Ich spür' soeben, nebel
    12. 12Part 2. Final Scene from Goethe's Faust, Part 2. Höchste Herrseherin der Welt / Dir, der Unberührba
    13. 13Part 2. Final Scene from Goethe's Faust, Part 2. Bei der Liebe, die den Füßen / Bei dem Bronn, zu d
    14. 14Part 2. Final Scene from Goethe's Faust, Part 2. Neige, du Ohnegleiche / Er überwächst uns schon /
    15. 15Part 2. Final Scene from Goethe's Faust, Part 2. Blicket auf zum Retterblick
    16. 16Part 2. Final Scene from Goethe's Faust, Part 2. Alles Vergängliche ist nur ein Gleichnis
Disc 11
  1. 1–30 Symphony No. 9 in D major - Gustav Mahler & Alison Ames (84:28)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byHerbert von Karajan
    Performed byBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan
    1. 1 Andante comodo
    2. 2 Andante comodo. Etwas frischer
    3. 3 Andante comodo. (horns)
    4. 4 Andante comodo. Mit Wut. Allegro risoluto
    5. 5 Andante comodo. (brass)
    6. 6 Andante comodo. Bewegter
    7. 7 Andante comodo. Wie von Anfang
    8. 8 Andante comodo. Plötzlich bedeutend langsamer (Lento) und leise
    9. 9 Im Tempo eines gemächlidhen Ländlers. Etwas täppisch und sehr derb
    10. 10 Im Tempo eines gemächlidhen Ländlers. Etwas täppisch und sehr derb. Poco più mosso subito (Tempo
    11. 11 Im Tempo eines gemächlidhen Ländlers. Etwas täppisch und sehr derb. Tempo 3
    12. 12 Im Tempo eines gemächlidhen Ländlers. Etwas täppisch und sehr derb. A tempo 2
    13. 13 Im Tempo eines gemächlidhen Ländlers. Etwas täppisch und sehr derb. Tempo 1
    14. 14 Im Tempo eines gemächlidhen Ländlers. Etwas täppisch und sehr derb. Tempo 2
    15. 15 Im Tempo eines gemächlidhen Ländlers. Etwas täppisch und sehr derb. Tempo 1. subito
    16. 16 Rondo Burleske. Allegro assai. Sehr trotzig
    17. 17 Rondo Burleske. Allegro assai. Sehr trotzig. L'istesso tempo
    18. 18 Rondo Burleske. Allegro assai. Sehr trotzig. Sempre l'istesso tempo
    19. 19 Rondo Burleske. Allegro assai. Sehr trotzig. L'istesso tempo
    20. 20 Rondo Burleske. Allegro assai. Sehr trotzig. (clarinets)
    21. 21 Rondo Burleske. Allegro assai. Sehr trotzig. Tempo 1. subito
    22. 22 Rondo Burleske. Allegro assai. Sehr trotzig. Più stretto
    23. 23 Adagio. Sehr langsam und noch zurückhaltend
    24. 24 Adagio. Sehr langsam und noch zurückhaltend. Plötzlich wieder (wie zu Anfang) und etwas zögernd
    25. 25 Adagio. Sehr langsam und noch zurückhaltend. Molto adagio subito
    26. 26 Adagio. Sehr langsam und noch zurückhaltend. A tempo (Molto adagio)
    27. 27 Adagio. Sehr langsam und noch zurückhaltend. Stets sehr gehalten
    28. 28 Adagio. Sehr langsam und noch zurückhaltend. Fließender, doch durchaus nicht eilend
    29. 29 Adagio. Sehr langsam und noch zurückhaltend. Tempo 1. Molto adagio
    30. 30 Adagio. Sehr langsam und noch zurückhaltend. Adagissimo
Disc 12
Disc 13
  1. 1–5 Symphony No. 10 in F sharp minor (incomplete) - Gustav Mahler & Alison Ames (78:42)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byRiccardo Chailly
    Performed byRiccardo Chailly, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
    1. 1 Adagio
    2. 2 Scherzo 1
    3. 3 Purgatorio
    4. 4 Scherzo 2
    5. 5 Finale
Disc 14
  1. 1–6 Das Lied von der Erde, for alto (or baritone), tenor & orchestra - Gustav Mahler & Carlo Maria Giulini (64:15)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byCarlo Maria Giulini
    Performed byCarlo Maria Giulini, Francisco Araiza, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Brigitte Fassbaender
    1. 1 Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde. Allegro pesante
    2. 2 Der Einsame im Herbst. Etwas schleichend. Ermüdet
    3. 3 Von der Jugend. Behaglich heiter
    4. 4 Von der Schönheit. Comodo. Dolcissimo
    5. 5 Der Trunkene im Frühling. Allegro
    6. 6 Der Abschied. Schwer
Disc 15
  1. 1–13 Des Knaben Wunderhorn, song cycle (12) for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Gustav Mahler & Claudio Abbado (56:51)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byClaudio Abbado
    Performed byClaudio Abbado, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Anne Sofie von Otter, Thomas Quasthoff
    1. 1Revelge
    2. 2Rheingendchen
    3. 3Trost im Unglück
    4. 4Verlorne Müh'
    5. 5Der Schildwache Nachtlied
    6. 6Das irdische Leben
    7. 7Lied des Verfolgten im Turm
    8. 8Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht?
    9. 9Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt
    10. 10Lob des hohen Verstandes
    11. 11Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen
    12. 12Der Tarmoursg'sell
    13. 13Urlicht
Disc 16
  1. 1–4 Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Gustav Mahler & Leonard Bernstein (17:30)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byLeonard Bernstein
    Performed byLeonard Bernstein, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Hampson
    1. 1 Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht. Schneller - Sanft bewegt
    2. 2 Ging heut' morgen übers Feld. In gemächlicher Bewegung
    3. 3 Ich hab' ein glühend Messer. Stürmisch, wild
    4. 4 Die zwei blauen Augen. [Alla Marcia.] Mit geheimnisvoll schwermütigem Ausdruck - Ohne Sentimenta
  2. 5–9 Kindertotenlieder, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Gustav Mahler & Leonard Bernstein (28:12)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byLeonard Bernstein
    Performed byLeonard Bernstein, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Hampson
    1. 5 Nun will die Sonn' so hell aufgehn. Langsam und schwermütig; nicht schleppend
    2. 6 Nun seh' ich wohl, warum so dunkle Flammen. Ruhig, nicht schleppend
    3. 7 Wenn dein Mütterlein. Schwer, dumpf
    4. 8 Oft denk' ich, sie sind nur ausgegangen. Ruhig bewegt, ohne zu eilen
    5. 9 In diesem Wetter, in diesem Braus. Mit ruhelos schmerzvollem Ausdruck
  3. 10–14 Rückert Lieder, song collection for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Gustav Mahler & Leonard Bernstein (22:19)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byLeonard Bernstein
    Performed byLeonard Bernstein, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Hampson
    1. 10 Liebst du um Schönheit. Innig
    2. 11 Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder. Sehr lebhaft
    3. 12 Ich atmet' einen linden Duft. Sehr zart und innig
    4. 13 Um Mitternicht. Ruhig, gleichmäßig
    5. 14 Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen. Äußerst langsam und zurückhaltend
Disc 17
  1. 1–3 Das klagende Lied, cantata for soloists, chorus & orchestra - Gustav Mahler & Gustav Mahler (64:24)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byRiccardo Chailly
    Performed byRiccardo Chailly, Susan Dunn, Brigitte Fassbaender, Werner Hollweg, Andreas Schmidt, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Chor des Städtischen Musikvereins zu Düsseldorf
    1. 1 Waldmärchen. Langsam und träumerisch
    2. 2 Der Spielmann. Mit sehr geheimnisvollem Ausdruck
    3. 3 Hochzeitsstück. Mit höllischer Wildheit
Disc 18
  1. 1–17 Aus der Jugendzeit (Lieder und Gesänge), songs (14) for voice & piano (or orchestra) in 3 volumes - Giuseppe Sinopoli & Gustav Mahler (47:11)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byGiuseppe Sinopoli, Luciano Berio
    Performed byGiuseppe Sinopoli, Luciano Berio, Thomas Hampson, Anne Sofie von Otter, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Bernd Weikl
    1. 1Frühlingsmorgen
    2. 2Erinnerung
    3. 3Hans und Grete
    4. 4Serenade aus Don Juan
    5. 5Phantasie aus Jon Juan
    6. 6Um schlimme Kinder artig zu machen
    7. 7Ich ging mit Lust durch einen grünen Wald
    8. 8Aus! Aus!
    9. 9Starke Einbildungskraft
    10. 10Zu Straßburg auf der Schanz
    11. 11Ablösung im Sommer
    12. 12Scheiden und Meiden
    13. 13Nicht wiedersehen
    14. 14Selbstgefühl
    15. 15Im Lenz
    16. 16Winterlied
    17. 17Maitanz im Grünen
  2. 18 Piano Quartet in A minor (incomplete) - Gustav Mahler & Clemens Hagen (11:09)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
  3. 19 Die drei Pintos, opera, J. Anh. 5 (reconstructed & completed by Mahler): Entr'acte - Carl Maria von Weber & Gustav Mahler (6:17)
    Composed byCarl Maria von Weber
    Conducted byMikhail Pletnev
    Performed byMikhail Pletnev, Russian National Orchestra
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    Outstanding set of Mahler by top artists

    This collection of recordings by a variety of different artists is very fine. EMI also has a complete Mahler set out and it features some of the best performances ever, including Kathleen Ferrier and Bruno Walter, but many Mahler enthusiasts have much that is included in that set, while this DG set has many recordings that are more recent and the quality if top notch. Both sets are great, but if you have a lot of earlier, famous performances like I do, this set is the better choice for a nice selection of newer artists performing Mahler works that they are famous for. The sound quality if excellent, too. Don't mistake me, there are some very great performances here, too, and top notch people!

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