Mahler: The Complete Symphonies

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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: 4/27/2010
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 730099150248
  • Catalog Number: 8501502
  • Sales rank: 185,113

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–5 Symphony No. 1 in D major ("Titan") - Gustav Mahler & Keith Anderson (60:36)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byMichael Halász
    Performed byMichael Halász, Polish National Symphony Orchestra
    1. 1 Langsam, schleppend
    2. 2 Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell
    3. 3 Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen
    4. 4 Stürmisch bewegt
    5. 5 Blumine (original 2nd movement)
Disc 2
  1. 1–5 Symphony No. 2 in C minor ("Resurrection") - Gustav Mahler & Keith Anderson (85:20)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byAntoni Wit
    Performed byPolish 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
    2. 2 Andante moderato. Sehr gemächlich
    3. 3 In ruhig fließender Bewegung
    4. 4 Urlicht. Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht
    5. 5 Im Tempo des Scherzos. Wild herausfahrend
Disc 3
Disc 4
  1. 1–6 Symphony No. 3 in D minor - Friedrich Nietzsche & Gustav Mahler (101:27)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byAntoni Wit
    Performed byKrakow Philharmonic Choir, Ewa Podles, Polish National Symphony Orchestra, Antoni Wit
    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: O Mensch! Gib Acht!
    5. 5Part 2. 5. Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck: Es sungen drei Engel
    6. 6Part 2. 6. Langsam. Ruhevoll. Empfunden
Disc 5
  1. 1 Symphony No. 10 in F sharp minor (incomplete): Adagio - Gustav Mahler & Keith Anderson (25:47)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byAntoni Wit
    Performed byPolish National Symphony Orchestra, Antoni Wit
Disc 6
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 4 in G major - Gustav Mahler & Keith Anderson (56:54)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byAntoni Wit
    Performed byPolish National Symphony Orchestra, Lynda Russell, Antoni Wit
    1. 1 Bedächtig, nicht eilen
    2. 2 In gemächlicher Bewegung, ohne Hast
    3. 3 Ruhevoll, poco adagio
    4. 4 Sehr behaglich
Disc 7
  1. 1–5 Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor - Gustav Mahler & Keith Anderson (74:41)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byAntoni Wit
    Performed byPolish National Symphony Orchestra, Antoni Wit
    1. 1 Trauermarsch: In gemessenem Schritt. Streng. Wie ein Kondukt
    2. 2 Stürmisch bewegt, mit größter Vehemenz
    3. 3 Scherzo: Kräftig, nicht zu schnell
    4. 4 Adagietto: Sehr langsam
    5. 5 Rondo-Finale: Allegro - Allegro giocoso. Frisch
Disc 8
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 6 in A minor ("Tragic") - Gustav Mahler & Keith Anderson (84:05)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byAntoni Wit
    Performed byPolish National Symphony Orchestra, Antoni Wit
    1. 1 Allegro energico, ma non troppo. Heftig, aber markig
    2. 2 Scherzo: Wuchtig
    3. 3 Andante moderato
    4. 4 Finale: Sostenuto - Allegro moderato - Allegro energico
Disc 9
Disc 10
  1. 1–5 Symphony No. 7 in E minor ("Song of the Night") - Gustav Mahler & Keith Anderson (79:06)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byMichael Halász
    Performed byMichael Halász, Polish National Symphony Orchestra
    1. 1 Langsam - Allegro con fuoco
    2. 2 Nachtmusik 1: Allegro moderato
    3. 3 Scherzo: Schattenhaft
    4. 4 Nachtmusik 2: Andante amoroso
    5. 5 Rondo - Finale
Disc 11
  1. 1–26 Symphony No. 8 in E flat major ("Symphony of a Thousand") - Gustav Mahler & Keith Anderson (80:35)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byAntoni Wit
    Performed byPiotr Nowacki, Jadwiga Rappe, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Antoni Wit, Timothy Bentch, Wojciech Drabowicz, Izabella Klosinska, The Choir of Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, Warsaw Philharmonic Chorus, Polish Radio and Television Choir of Krakow, Marta Boberska, Barbara Kubiak, Ewa Marciniec
    1. 1Part 1: Hymnus: Veni Creator Spiritus. Allegro impetuoso: Veni Creator Spiritus
    2. 2Part 1: Hymnus: Veni Creator Spiritus. A tempo. Etwas (aber unmerklich) gemäßigter; immer sehr flie
    3. 3Part 1: Hymnus: Veni Creator Spiritus. Etwas drängend - Noch einmal so langsam. (Nicht schleppend):
    4. 4Part 1: Hymnus: Veni Creator Spiritus. Tempo 1 (Allegro, etwas hastig)
    5. 5Part 1: Hymnus: Veni Creator Spiritus. Sehr fließend - Noch einmal so langsam als vorher. Nicht sch
    6. 6Part 1: Hymnus: Veni Creator Spiritus. Plötzlich sehr breit und leidenschaftlichen Ausdrucks - Mit
    7. 7Part 1: Hymnus: Veni Creator Spiritus. Veni Creator Spiritus
    8. 8Part 1: Hymnus: Veni Creator Spiritus. Wieder frisch: Gloria sit Patri Domino
    9. 9Part 2: Final Scene from Goethe's "Faust Part 2". Poco adagio
    10. 10Part 2: Final Scene from Goethe's "Faust Part 2". Più mosso (Allegro moderato)
    11. 11Part 2: Final Scene from Goethe's "Faust Part 2". Wieder langsam. Chor und Echo: Waldung, sie schwa
    12. 12Part 2: Final Scene from Goethe's "Faust Part 2". Moderato. Pater Ecstaticus: Ewiger Wonnebrand
    13. 13Part 2: Final Scene from Goethe's "Faust Part 2". Allegro (Allegro appassionato). Pater Profundus:
    14. 14Part 2: Final Scene from Goethe's "Faust Part 2". Allegro deciso (Im Anfang noch nicht eilen). Chor
    15. 15Part 2: Final Scene from Goethe's "Faust Part 2". Molto leggiero. Chor der jüngeren Engel: Jene Ros
    16. 16Part 2: Final Scene from Goethe's "Faust Part 2". Schon etwas langsamer und immer noch mäßiger - Wi
    17. 17Part 2: Final Scene from Goethe's "Faust Part 2". Im Anfang (die ersten vier Takte) noch etwas geha
    18. 18Part 2: Final Scene from Goethe's "Faust Part 2". Sempre l'istesso tempo. Doctor Marianus: Höchste
    19. 19Part 2: Final Scene from Goethe's "Faust Part 2". Äußerst langsam. Adagissimo: Dir, der Unberührbar
    20. 20Part 2: Final Scene from Goethe's "Faust Part 2". Fließend. Magna Peccatrix: Bei der Liebe, die den
    21. 21Part 2: Final Scene from Goethe's "Faust Part 2". Mulier Samaritana: Bei dem Bronn, zu dem schon we
    22. 22Part 2: Final Scene from Goethe's "Faust Part 2". Maria Aegyptiaca: Bei dem hochgeweihten Orte
    23. 23Part 2: Final Scene from Goethe's "Faust Part 2". Una poenitentium: Neige, neige, du Ohnegleiche
    24. 24Part 2: Final Scene from Goethe's "Faust Part 2". Unmerklich frischer werden. Selige Knaben: Er übe
    25. 25Part 2: Final Scene from Goethe's "Faust Part 2". Sehr langsam. Mater Gloriosa: Komm! Hebe dich su
    26. 26Part 2: Final Scene from Goethe's "Faust Part 2". Sehr langsam beginnend. Chorus mysticus: Alles Ve
Disc 12
Disc 13
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 9 in D major - Gustav Mahler & Keith Anderson (84:00)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byMichael Halász
    Performed byMichael Halász, Polish National Symphony Orchestra
    1. 1 Andante comodo
    2. 2 Im Tempo eines gemächlichen Ländlers
    3. 3 Rondo-Burleske: Allegro assai. Sehr trotzig
    4. 4 Adagio: Sehr langsam und noch zurückhaltened
Disc 14
Disc 15
  1. 1–5 Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major (realization by Deryck Cooke) - Gustav Mahler & Keith Anderson (78:53)
    Composed byGustav Mahler
    Conducted byRobert Olson
    Performed byPolish National Symphony Orchestra, Robert Olson
    1. 1 Adagio
    2. 2 First Scherzo
    3. 3 Purgatorio oder Inferno
    4. 4 Second Scherzo
    5. 5 Finale
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Robert Olson Primary Artist
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