Gustav Mahler's Symphonies: Critical Commentary on Recordings Since 1986

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The popularity of Mahler's symphonic works is unremitting. More recordings have been made during the past ten years than in the previous six decades. This work is a companion to the first volume, published in 1986; together, the two review virtually every recording commercially released (as well as some private issues). The intention of both works is to provide a comprehensive analysis of all recordings. A general overview is combined with details of particular importance. Recordings of special merit are noted. The objective critical discussions will appeal to the newcomer as well as the knowledgeable devotee and the work will serve as a valuable addition to university, music school, and public libraries, as well as any music lover's library.

This guide provides a symphony-by-symphony commentary, including the unfinished Tenth Symphony, Das Lied von der Erde, and piano and chamber music reductions of the works. It includes all new recordings issued worldwide as well as compact disc reissues of previously released recordings and all performances on videocassette. Listings are arranged alphabetically by conductor, and headings for each recording contain specific information about the performers, record label, catalog number, and timing. Helpful indexes by conductor, orchestra, vocal and instrumental soloists, chorus, and record label are included.

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Reviews and rates recordings of Mahler's symphonies since 1986, including reissues and videotape recordings, and excluding most private recordings. Listings are in alphabetical order by last name of the conductor, and include names of orchestras, choruses, and soloists, as well as recording data, dates of issue, and total timings. Provides indices to conductors, orchestras, soloists, choruses, and record labels. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Meet the Author

LEWIS M. SMOLEY is the author of The Symphonies of Gustav Mahler: A Critical Discography (Greenwood, 1986), a companion volume to this work.

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Table of Contents

Symphony No.1 in D Major ("Titan") 1
Symphony No.2 in C Minor ("Resurrection") 33
Symphony No.3 in D Minor 59
Symphony No.4 in G Major 81
Symphony No.5 in C-sharp Minor 107
Symphony No.6 in A Minor ("Tragic") 141
Symphony No.7 in E Minor ("Song of the Night") 167
Symphony No.8 in E-flat Major ("Symphony of a Thousand") 189
Das Lied von der Erde 205
Symphony No.9 in D Major 225
Symphony No.10 in F-sharp Major (Unfinished) 255
Biography 268
Index to Conductors 269
Index to Orchestras 284
Index to Soloists 298
Index to Choruses 322
Index to Record Labels 334
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