Mahler: The Complete Symphonies [Box Set]

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Critical opinions of Leonard Bernstein's intensely personal readings of Gustav Mahler's symphonies have run the gamut from adulatory to dismissive, and time has not yet brought a consensus on these historic performances with the New York Philharmonic, originally released on Columbia and presented in this 2009 box set from Sony. Few can deny Bernstein's lasting importance in promoting Mahler's cause, for in the 1960s and early '70s there was only a handful of conductors of comparable magnitude who specialized in this music, and his work in this first-ever complete cycle and in his later Deutsche Grammophon recordings certainly caught the attention of the world. Whatever ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Critical opinions of Leonard Bernstein's intensely personal readings of Gustav Mahler's symphonies have run the gamut from adulatory to dismissive, and time has not yet brought a consensus on these historic performances with the New York Philharmonic, originally released on Columbia and presented in this 2009 box set from Sony. Few can deny Bernstein's lasting importance in promoting Mahler's cause, for in the 1960s and early '70s there was only a handful of conductors of comparable magnitude who specialized in this music, and his work in this first-ever complete cycle and in his later Deutsche Grammophon recordings certainly caught the attention of the world. Whatever one may think of Bernstein's dubious choices of dynamics and tempos or his excessive self-identification with the composer the leading reasons why some listeners avoid these renditions in favor of recordings made by more faithful and self-effacing conductors, he certainly threw himself wholeheartedly into the effort, provoked enough interest in the symphonies to create a full-blown revival, and left a challenging and often exciting record of what Mahler meant to him and the rising generation of musicians in that period. Exploring this set is certainly educational, not merely for knowing how the quirky but charismatic Bernstein interpreted the nine symphonies, "Das Lied von der Erde," and the Adagio from the unfinished "Tenth Symphony," but also for hearing the reminiscences of associates and musicians who performed under Mahler and shared their thoughts in a 1967 recording, which is included on disc 2. That bonus adds great value for anyone curious about Mahler's behavior and impact on his contemporaries, but by no means makes owning this set compulsory. For that matter, having all of Bernstein's Mahler recordings in one box may not be the best option for collectors who prefer to have different conductors handling these works; the listener who likes the way Bernstein treats the "Fourth," say, or finds his take on the "Seventh" intriguing can still buy these recordings separately. This package is recommended for the serious Mahler collector or Bernstein aficionado, though its appeal as an affordable gift for any music lover is worth noting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/14/2009
  • Label: Sony Classics
  • UPC: 886974536925
  • Catalog Number: 745369
  • Sales rank: 1,081

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 1 in D major ("Titan") - Leonard Bernstein & Gustav Mahler (52:46)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byLeonard Bernstein
    Performed byLeonard Bernstein
    1. 1 Langsam. Schleppend. Wie ein Naturlaut. Im Anfang sehr gemächlich
    2. 2 Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell
    3. 3 Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen
    4. 4 Stürmisch bewegt - Energisch
  2. 5 Symphony No. 10 in F sharp minor (incomplete): Adagio - Leonard Bernstein & Gustav Mahler (26:29)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byLeonard Bernstein
    Performed byLeonard Bernstein
Disc 2
  1. 1 Mahler Remembered - Recorded recollections of musicians who performed with Mahler: Part 1: Reminiscences by Mahler's Associates etc. - Spoken Word & William Malloch (27:54)
    Composed bySpoken Word
    Performed byWilliam Malloch
  2. 2 Mahler Remembered - Recorded recollections of musicians who performed with Mahler: Part 2: Includes Personal Recollections of Anna Ma - Spoken Word & William Malloch (20:05)
    Composed bySpoken Word
    Performed byWilliam Malloch
  3. 3–7 Symphony No. 2 in C minor ("Resurrection") - Leonard Bernstein & Gustav Mahler (84:44)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byLeonard Bernstein
    Performed byLeonard Bernstein, Collegiate Chorale, Jennie Tourel, Lee Venora
    1. 3 Allegro maestoso
    2. 4 Andante moderato
    3. 5 In ruhig fliessender Bewegung
    4. 6 'Urlicht'. Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht
    5. 7 Im Tempo des Scherzos. Wild herausfahrend
Disc 3
Disc 4
  1. 1–6 Symphony No. 3 in D minor - Gustav Mahler & Friedrich Nietzsche (99:31)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byLeonard Bernstein
    Performed byLeonard Bernstein, Martha Lipton, Hugh Ross, Schola Cantorum of New York, Stuart Gardner, Church of the Transfiguration Boys Choir
    1. 1 Kräftig
    2. 2 Tempo di Menuetto
    3. 3 Comodo. Scherzando
    4. 4 Sehr langsam; Misterioso
    5. 5 Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck
    6. 6 Langsam
Disc 5
Disc 6
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 4 in G major - Leonard Bernstein & Gustav Mahler (55:02)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byLeonard Bernstein
    Performed byLeonard Bernstein, Reri Grist
    1. 1 Bedachtig
    2. 2 In gemachlicher Bewegung
    3. 3 Ruhevoll (Poco adagio)
    4. 4 Sehr behaglich
Disc 7
  1. 1–5 Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor - Leonard Bernstein & Gustav Mahler (69:32)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byLeonard Bernstein
    Performed byLeonard Bernstein
    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
Disc 8
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 6 in A minor ("Tragic") - Leonard Bernstein & Gustav Mahler (77:53)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byLeonard Bernstein
    Performed byLeonard Bernstein
    1. 1 Allegro energico, ma non troppo
    2. 2 Scherzo. Wuchtig
    3. 3 Andante moderato
    4. 4 Finale. Allegro moderato - Allegro energico
Disc 9
  1. 1–5 Symphony No. 7 in E minor ("Song of the Night") - Leonard Bernstein & Gustav Mahler (79:42)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byLeonard Bernstein
    Performed byLeonard Bernstein
    1. 1 Langsam (Adagio)
    2. 2 Nachtmusik 1. Allegro moderato
    3. 3 Scherzo. Schattenhaft
    4. 4 Nachtmusik 2. Andante amoroso
    5. 5 Rondo - Finale. Tempo 1 (Allegro ordinario)
Disc 10
  1. 1–2 Symphony No. 8 in E flat major ("Symphony of a Thousand") - Gustav Mahler & Edward T. Chapman (79:08)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byLeonard Bernstein
    Performed byEdward T. Chapman, Leonard Bernstein, London Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Finchley Children's Music Group, Highgate School Choir, Donald Hunt, Gwyneth Jones, Leeds Festival Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Donald McIntyre, John Mitchinson, Norma Procter, Anna Reynolds, Erna Spoorenberg, John Andrews, Gwenyth Annear, Sheila Mossman, Vladimir Ruzdjak, Orpington Junior Singers
    1. 1 Teil. Hymnus: Veni, creator spiritus
    2. 2 Teil. Schlußszene aus Faust
Disc 11
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 9 in D major - Leonard Bernstein & Gustav Mahler (79:46)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byLeonard Bernstein
    Performed byLeonard Bernstein
    1. 1 Andante comodo
    2. 2 Im Tempo eines gemächlichen Ländlers
    3. 3 Rondo. Burleske
    4. 4 Adagio. Sehr langsam
Disc 12
  1. 1–6 Das Lied von der Erde, for alto (or baritone), tenor & orchestra - Gustav Mahler & René Kollo (63:39)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byLeonard Bernstein
    Performed byRené Kollo, Leonard Bernstein, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Christa Ludwig
    1. 1 Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde
    2. 2 Der Einsame im Herbst
    3. 3 Von der Jugend
    4. 4 Von der Schönheit
    5. 5 Der Trunkene im Frühling
    6. 6 Der Abschied
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