The Symphonies Of Gustav Mahler

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Every recorded performance of Mahler shymphonies--and Das Lied--from 1924 until press time! What a labor and how sorely needed! Music Journal

In the past 25 years a revival of interest in the music of Gustav Mahler has resulted in nearly 300 new recordings of his symphonies. The breadth and complexity of these works, together with the plethora of recent releases, signals the need for a guide that will be useful both to novice and the experienced collector. Lewis M. Smoley's book...

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Overview

Every recorded performance of Mahler shymphonies--and Das Lied--from 1924 until press time! What a labor and how sorely needed! Music Journal

In the past 25 years a revival of interest in the music of Gustav Mahler has resulted in nearly 300 new recordings of his symphonies. The breadth and complexity of these works, together with the plethora of recent releases, signals the need for a guide that will be useful both to novice and the experienced collector. Lewis M. Smoley's book fills this need, providing critical analysis and specific recording information for all known recordings of Mahler's symphonies as well as indexes by conductor, orchestra, and label.

The result of extensive research, this volume includes many recordings that have not appeared in previous listings. Recording made around the world from 1924 through 1986 are treated in chapters devoted to each of the 11 symphonies--including Das Lied von der Erde and the unfinished 10th. Listings are arranged alphabetically under the name of the conductor and analyzed in terms of quality of performance, specific interpretation and interpretive styles, and sonics. Recordings of special merit are noted. Entries supply information about reissues as well as original pressings, type of recording, and alternative versions of some of the scores. Cross-referenced indexes list conductor, orchestra, vocal soloists, chorus, and record label for the recordings discussed. The foreword and preface place Mahler's recorded symphonies in perspective and discuss some of the interpretive and textual issues that continue to be debated. This single-volume guide is appropriate for both the average listener and the serious enthusiast, and will also be a valuable addition to the collections of music schools and conservatories.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313251894
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/13/1986
  • Series: Discographies Series, #23
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

LEWIS M. SMOLEY is General Manager of the New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony. He has lectured at the New School and served as conductor of the Suffolk Chamber Orchestra. His reviews have appeared in American Record Guide and his music commentaries on New York radio station WBAI.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Jack Diether

Preface

Symphony No. 1

Symphony No. 2

Symphony No. 3

Symphony No. 4

Symphony No. 5

Symphony No. 6

Symphony No. 7

Symphony No. 8

Das Lied von der Erde

Symphony No. 9

Symphony No. 10

Appendix

Supplement

Bibliography

Index to Conductors

Index to Orchestras

Index to Vocal Soloists

Index to Choruses

Index to Record Labels

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