Mahler: The Complete Symphonies

Mahler: The Complete Symphonies

by Robert Olson
     
 

When purchasing recordings of the symphonies of Gustav Mahler, listeners usually have two options available: either acquire a box set with all the performances by one conductor and one orchestra, or buy individual CDs, presumably by a variety of performers, according to recommendations or one's own preferences. The first choice generally promises consistency, inasmuch…  See more details below

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When purchasing recordings of the symphonies of Gustav Mahler, listeners usually have two options available: either acquire a box set with all the performances by one conductor and one orchestra, or buy individual CDs, presumably by a variety of performers, according to recommendations or one's own preferences. The first choice generally promises consistency, inasmuch as any conductor who has produced a complete cycle can claim to have an overall view of Mahler's music, and the orchestra frequently has a rapport established with him that optimizes great playing. Furthermore, the quality of recording is generally constant within such a set, often due to a label's engineering standards and the frequent use of the same studio or venue. In the instance that one chooses to own separate recordings by different conductors and orchestras, then there is a wide range of possibilities to consider, but the listener is actively involved in the selection and can build a collection of as many or as few interpretations as are found suitable. Naxos' box set of Mahler: The Complete Symphonies offers the convenience of having the "Symphonies No. 1" through "No. 9," plus the Joseph Wheeler completion of the unfinished "Symphony No. 10," all in one box. However, these are conducted variously by Antoni Wit (Nos. 2-6, and 8), Michael Halász (Nos. 1, 7, and 9), and Robert Olson (No. 10), who lead the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, with the exception of the Warsaw Philharmonic in the "Symphony No. 8." These were originally sold as single recordings in the 1990s and 2000s, so this collection reflects that release history, rather than one conductor's vision, and the discs have not been modified or remastered for this box set reissue. Despite the changes of personnel, this is actually a fairly attractive package, with strong performances from Wit, somewhat less compelling but accurate direction from Halász, and a perfectly credible reading from Olson of Wheeler's fourth revision of the "Tenth," the first time this version has been recorded. Because of the variability between Wit's and Halász's recordings, some listeners may find this set a bit of a gamble, but specialists in Mahler's works will find it a fascinating survey, despite its few weak spots, and be particularly satisfied by Wit's fine recordings.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/27/2010
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0730099150248
catalogNumber:
8501502
Rank:
315098

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Symphony No. 1 in D major ("Titan")

    • Gustav Mahler
    • Keith Anderson
    • Michael Halász
    • Polish National Symphony Orchestra
    1. 1. Langsam, schleppend  (16:19)
    2. 2. Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell  (07:31)
    3. 3. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen  (10:02)
    4. 4. Stürmisch bewegt  (19:29)
    5. 5. Blumine (original 2nd movement)  (07:15)

Disc 2

  1. Symphony No. 2 in C minor ("Resurrection")

    • Gustav Mahler
    • Keith Anderson
    • Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock
    • Polish National Symphony Orchestra
    • Jadwiga Rappe
    • Antoni Wit
    • Hanna Lisowska
    • Polish Radio and Television Choir of Krakow
    1. 1. Allegro maestoso. Mit durchaus ernstem und feierlichem Ausdruck  (21:42)
    2. 3. In ruhig fließender Bewegung  (10:57)
    3. 2. Andante moderato. Sehr gemächlich  (10:42)
    4. 4. Urlicht. Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht  (06:09)
    5. 5. Im Tempo des Scherzos. Wild herausfahrend  (35:50)

Disc 4

  1. Symphony No. 3 in D minor

    • Gustav Mahler
    • Friedrich Nietzsche
    • Keith Anderson
    • Krakow Philharmonic Choir
    • Ewa Podles
    • Polish National Symphony Orchestra
    • Antoni Wit
    • Krakow Boy's Choir
    1. Part 1. 1. Kräftig - Entschieden  (33:18)
    2. Part 2. 4. Sehr langsam, Misterioso: O Mensch! Gib Acht!  (09:35)
    3. Part 2. 2. Tempo di menuetto. Sehr mässig  (10:32)
    4. Part 2. 5. Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck: Es sungen drei Engel  (04:14)
    5. Part 2. 3. Comodo. Scherzando. Ohne Hast  (18:09)
    6. Part 2. 6. Langsam. Ruhevoll. Empfunden  (25:39)

Disc 5

  1. Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major (incomplete)  - Gustav Mahler  -  Keith Anderson  -  Polish National Symphony Orchestra  - Antoni Wit  (25:47)

Disc 6

  1. Symphony No. 4 in G major

    • Gustav Mahler
    • Keith Anderson
    • Polish National Symphony Orchestra
    • Lynda Russell
    • Antoni Wit
    1. 1. Bedächtig, nicht eilen  (16:40)
    2. 2. In gemächlicher Bewegung, ohne Hast  (09:38)
    3. 3. Ruhevoll, poco adagio  (21:08)
    4. 4. Sehr behaglich  (09:28)

Disc 7

  1. Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

    • Gustav Mahler
    • Keith Anderson
    • Polish National Symphony Orchestra
    • Antoni Wit
    1. 1. Trauermarsch: In gemessenem Schritt. Streng. Wie ein Kondukt  (13:03)
    2. 2. Stürmisch bewegt, mit größter Vehemenz  (15:01)
    3. 3. Scherzo: Kräftig, nicht zu schnell  (19:38)
    4. 4. Adagietto: Sehr langsam  (12:04)
    5. 5. Rondo-Finale: Allegro - Allegro giocoso. Frisch  (14:55)

Disc 8

  1. Symphony No. 6 in A minor ("Tragic")

    • Gustav Mahler
    • Keith Anderson
    • Polish National Symphony Orchestra
    • Antoni Wit
    1. 1. Allegro energico, ma non troppo. Heftig, aber markig  (23:48)
    2. 3. Andante moderato  (16:11)
    3. 2. Scherzo: Wuchtig  (12:53)
    4. 4. Finale: Sostenuto - Allegro moderato - Allegro energico  (31:13)

Disc 10

  1. Symphony No. 7 in E minor ("Song of the Night")

    • Gustav Mahler
    • Keith Anderson
    • Michael Halász
    • Polish National Symphony Orchestra
    1. 1. Langsam - Allegro con fuoco  (20:55)
    2. 2. Nachtmusik 1: Allegro moderato  (16:58)
    3. 3. Scherzo: Schattenhaft  (09:45)
    4. 4. Nachtmusik 2: Andante amoroso  (14:04)
    5. 5. Rondo - Finale  (17:24)

Disc 11

  1. Symphony No. 8 in E flat major ("Symphony of a Thousand")

    • Gustav Mahler
    • Keith Anderson
    • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    • Piotr Nowacki
    • Jadwiga Rappe
    • Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Antoni Wit
    • Timothy Bentch
    • Wojciech Drabowicz
    • Izabella Klosinska
    • Warsaw Boys' Choir
    • Choir of Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw
    • Warsaw Philharmonic Chorus
    • Polish Radio and Television Choir of Krakow
    • Marta Boberska
    • Barbara Kubiak
    • Ewa Marciniec
    1. Part 1: Hymnus: Veni Creator Spiritus. Allegro impetuoso: Veni Creator Spiritus  (01:24)
    2. Part 2: Final Scene from Goethe's "Faust Part 2". Poco adagio  (05:44)
    3. Part 1: Hymnus: Veni Creator Spiritus. A tempo. Etwas (aber unmerklich) gemäßigter; immer sehr flie  (04:04)
    4. Part 2: Final Scene from Goethe's "Faust Part 2". Più mosso (Allegro moderato)  (02:57)
    5. Part 1: Hymnus: Veni Creator Spiritus. Etwas drängend - Noch einmal so langsam. (Nicht schleppend):  (02:20)
    6. Part 2: Final Scene from Goethe's "Faust Part 2". Wieder langsam. Chor und Echo: Waldung, sie schwa  (04:14)
    7. Part 1: Hymnus: Veni Creator Spiritus. Tempo 1 (Allegro, etwas hastig)  (01:18)
    8. Part 2: Final Scene from Goethe's "Faust Part 2". Moderato. Pater Ecstaticus: Ewiger Wonnebrand  (01:28)
    9. Part 1: Hymnus: Veni Creator Spiritus. Sehr fließend - Noch einmal so langsam als vorher. Nicht sch  (03:08)
    10. Part 2: Final Scene from Goethe's "Faust Part 2". Allegro (Allegro appassionato). Pater Profundus:  (04:27)
    11. Part 1: Hymnus: Veni Creator Spiritus. Plötzlich sehr breit und leidenschaftlichen Ausdrucks - Mit  (05:00)
    12. Part 2: Final Scene from Goethe's "Faust Part 2". Allegro deciso (Im Anfang noch nicht eilen). Chor  (00:52)
    13. Part 1: Hymnus: Veni Creator Spiritus. Veni Creator Spiritus  (03:52)
    14. Part 2: Final Scene from Goethe's "Faust Part 2". Molto leggiero. Chor der jüngeren Engel: Jene Ros  (01:45)
    15. Part 1: Hymnus: Veni Creator Spiritus. Wieder frisch: Gloria sit Patri Domino  (02:43)
    16. Part 2: Final Scene from Goethe's "Faust Part 2". Schon etwas langsamer und immer noch mäßiger - Wi  (02:10)
    17. Part 2: Final Scene from Goethe's "Faust Part 2". Im Anfang (die ersten vier Takte) noch etwas geha  (01:08)
    18. Part 2: Final Scene from Goethe's "Faust Part 2". Sempre l'istesso tempo. Doctor Marianus: Höchste  (04:28)
    19. Part 2: Final Scene from Goethe's "Faust Part 2". Äußerst langsam. Adagissimo: Dir, der Unberührbar  (03:50)
    20. Part 2: Final Scene from Goethe's "Faust Part 2". Fließend. Magna Peccatrix: Bei der Liebe, die den  (00:54)
    21. Part 2: Final Scene from Goethe's "Faust Part 2". Mulier Samaritana: Bei dem Bronn, zu dem schon we  (01:24)
    22. Part 2: Final Scene from Goethe's "Faust Part 2". Maria Aegyptiaca: Bei dem hochgeweihten Orte  (02:33)
    23. Part 2: Final Scene from Goethe's "Faust Part 2". Una poenitentium: Neige, neige, du Ohnegleiche  (00:52)
    24. Part 2: Final Scene from Goethe's "Faust Part 2". Unmerklich frischer werden. Selige Knaben: Er übe  (03:26)
    25. Part 2: Final Scene from Goethe's "Faust Part 2". Sehr langsam. Mater Gloriosa: Komm! Hebe dich su  (08:09)
    26. Part 2: Final Scene from Goethe's "Faust Part 2". Sehr langsam beginnend. Chorus mysticus: Alles Ve  (06:25)

Disc 13

  1. Symphony No. 9 in D major

    • Gustav Mahler
    • Keith Anderson
    • Michael Halász
    • Polish National Symphony Orchestra
    1. 1. Andante comodo  (28:57)
    2. 3. Rondo-Burleske: Allegro assai. Sehr trotzig  (13:43)
    3. 2. Im Tempo eines gemächlichen Ländlers  (16:57)
    4. 4. Adagio: Sehr langsam und noch zurückhaltened  (24:23)

Disc 15

  1. Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major (realization by Deryck Cooke)

    • Gustav Mahler
    • Keith Anderson
    • Polish National Symphony Orchestra
    1. 1. Adagio  (26:20)
    2. 2. First Scherzo  (12:00)
    3. 3. Purgatorio oder Inferno  (04:31)
    4. 4. Second Scherzo  (12:09)
    5. 5. Finale  (23:53)

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