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:
217720

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Tracks

  1. Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major (realization by Deryck Cooke)  - Gustav Mahler  -  Keith Anderson  -  Polish National Symphony Orchestra  - Robert Olson
  2. Symphony No. 9 in D major  - Gustav Mahler  -  Keith Anderson  - Michael Halász  -  Polish National Symphony Orchestra
  3. 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
  4. Symphony No. 7 in E minor ("Song of the Night")  - Gustav Mahler  -  Keith Anderson  - Michael Halász  -  Polish National Symphony Orchestra
  5. Symphony No. 6 in A minor ("Tragic")  - Gustav Mahler  -  Keith Anderson  -  Polish National Symphony Orchestra  - Antoni Wit
  6. Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor  - Gustav Mahler  -  Keith Anderson  -  Polish National Symphony Orchestra  - Antoni Wit
  7. Symphony No. 4 in G major  - Gustav Mahler  -  Keith Anderson  -  Polish National Symphony Orchestra  - Lynda Russell  - Antoni Wit
  8. Symphony No. 10 in F sharp minor (incomplete): Adagio  - Gustav Mahler  -  Keith Anderson  -  Polish National Symphony Orchestra  - Antoni Wit
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Symphony No. 1 in D major ("Titan")  - Gustav Mahler  -  Keith Anderson  - Michael Halász  -  Polish National Symphony Orchestra

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