Mahler: The Symphonies

Mahler: The Symphonies

by Leonard Bernstein

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Overview

Mahler: The Symphonies

Of the two Mahler cycles Leonard Bernstein recorded in his career, the most influential and culturally important was the first, recorded with the New York Philharmonic in the 1960s and early '70s for Columbia, then later reissued by Sony. Even though it has been criticized for several faults, not least of which were Bernstein's willful choices of tempos, phrasing, and dynamics, it has nonetheless been recognized as one of the foundations of the Mahler revival and of true historic value. The second cycle was recorded in the 1980s for Deutsche Grammophon, and though these recordings with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic were noted for their polish and greater faithfulness to the scores, they were less musically significant overall, for they came after many other conductors had raised performance standards for Mahler recordings, transcended Bernstein's interpretive powers, and expanded listeners' range of choices. The DG recordings were gathered in a 1991 box set of 13 CDs and laid out in a sequence fairly close to their numerical ordering, with few breaks between discs. This 2010 set presents the CDs in a trimmed-down box on 11 CDs, with the symphonies dramatically out of sequence and with breaks in all except the "Symphonies No. 1" and "No. 5." The reduced packaging and squeezed-in programming may be attractive to collectors who like saving space and who won't listen to the set often, but it will prove to be frustrating and confusing to people approaching Mahler for the first time. While Bernstein's legacy will hardly be affected by these externals, they are of some consequence to the listener's ease of playing and satisfaction with the product, which in turn will color reception and may dissuade some from giving this later cycle serious consideration for its musical worth.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/30/2010
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
UPC: 0028947786689
catalogNumber: 001408102
Rank: 71865

Tracks

Disc 1

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

    1. 1. Langsam. Schleppend. Wie ein Naturlaut. Im Angang sehr gemächlich  (16:27)
    2. 2. Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell - Trio. Recht gemächlich  (09:00)
    3. 3. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen  (10:26)
    4. 4. Stürmisch bewegt  (20:12)
  2. Symphony No. 2 in C minor ("Resurrection")

    1. 2. Andante moderato  (12:18)
    2. 3. (Scherzo.) In ruhig fließender Bewegung  (11:25)
    3. 4. "Urlicht." Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht "O Röschen rot!"  (06:18)
    4. 5. Im Tempo des Scherzos. Wild herausfahrend "Auferstehn, ja auferstehn wirst du"  (38:41)
    5. 1. Totenfeier. Allegro maesto. Mit durchaus ernstem und feierlichem Ausdruck  (25:01)

Disc 3

  1. Symphony No. 3 in D minor

    1. Part 1. 1. Kräftig. Entschieden  (34:51)
    2. Part 2. 4. Sehr langsam. Misterioso. Durchaus ppp "O Mensch! Gib acht!"  (09:31)
    3. Part 2. 2. Tempo di Menuetto. Sehr mäßig  (10:45)
    4. Part 2. 5. Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck "Bimm bamm / Es sungen drei Engel"  (04:07)
    5. Part 2. 3. Comodo. Scherzando. Ohne Hast  (18:31)
    6. Part 2. 6. Langsam. Ruhevoll. Empfunden  (28:05)

Disc 4

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

    1. 3. Andante moderato  (16:19)
    2. 4. Finale. Allegro moderato - Allegro energico  (33:12)
    3. 1. Allegro energico, ma non troppo. Heftig, aber markig  (23:12)
    4. 2. Scherzo. Wuchtig  (14:17)

Disc 5

  1. Symphony No. 9 in D major

    1. 2. Im Tempo eines gemächlichen Ländlers. Etwas täppisch und sehr derb  (17:30)
    2. 3. Rondo Burleske. Allegro assai. Sehr trotzig  (11:51)
    3. 1. Andante comodo  (29:58)
    4. 4. Adagio. Sehr langsam und noch zurückhaltend  (29:42)

Disc 7

  1. Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

    1. Part 1. 1. Trauermarsch. In gemessenem Schritt. Streng. Wie ein Kondukt  (14:34)
    2. Part 1. 2. Stürmisch gewegt. Mit größer Vehemenez  (15:04)
    3. Part 2. 3. Scherzo. Kräftig, nicht zu schnell  (19:04)
    4. Part 3. 4. Adagietto. Sehr langsam  (11:15)
    5. Part 3. 5. Rondo - Finale. Allegro - Allegro giocoso. Frisch  (15:01)

Disc 8

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

    1. 1. Langsam (Adagio) - Allegro risoluto, ma non troppo  (21:37)
    2. 5. Rondo - Finale. Tempo 1 (Allegro ordinario)  (18:26)
    3. 2. Nachtmusik 1. Allegro moderato  (17:07)
    4. 3. Scherzo. Schattenhaft  (10:31)
    5. 4. Nachtmusik 2. Andante amoroso  (14:46)

Disc 9

  1. Symphony No. 4 in G major

    1. 1. Bedächtig. Nicht eilen  (17:37)
    2. 2. In gemächlicher Besegung. Ohne Hast  (10:12)
    3. 3. Ruhevoll  (20:32)
    4. 4. Sehr behaglich "Wir genießen die himmlischen Freuden"  (08:43)

Disc 10

  1. Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major (incomplete)  (26:12)
  2. Symphony No. 8 in E flat major ("Symphony of a Thousand")

    1. Part 2. Final Scene from Goethe's Faust, Part 2. Poco adagio  (06:26)
    2. Part 1. Hymnus "Veni, creator spiritus". "Veni, creator spiritus"  (01:30)
    3. Part 2. Final Scene from Goethe's Faust, Part 2. Più mosso. (Allegro moderato)  (03:05)
    4. Part 1. Hymnus "Veni, creator spiritus". "Imple superna gratia"  (03:16)
    5. Part 2. Final Scene from Goethe's Faust, Part 2. Chor and Echo: "Waldung, sie schwankt heran"  (04:31)
    6. Part 1. Hymnus "Veni, creator spiritus". "Inferma nostri corporis"  (02:44)
    7. Part 2. Final Scene from Goethe's Faust, Part 2. Pater ecstaticus: "Ewiger Wonnebrand"  (01:35)
    8. Part 1. Hymnus "Veni, creator spiritus". Tempo 1. (Allegro, etwas hastig)  (01:13)
    9. Part 2. Final Scene from Goethe's Faust, Part 2. Pater profundus: "Wie felsenabgrund mir zu Füßen"  (04:29)
    10. Part 1. Hymnus "Veni, creator spiritus". "Infirma nostri corporis"  (03:15)
    11. Part 2. Final Scene from Goethe's Faust, Part 2. Chor der Engel: "Gerettet ist das edle Glied" Chor  (01:06)
    12. Part 1. Hymnus "Veni, creator spiritus". "Accende lumen sensibus"  (04:23)
    13. Part 2. Final Scene from Goethe's Faust, Part 2. Chor der jüngeren Engel: "Jene Rosen aus den Hände  (01:49)
    14. Part 1. Hymnus "Veni, creator spiritus". "Veni, creator spiritus"  (04:27)
    15. Part 2. Final Scene from Goethe's Faust, Part 2. Die vollendeteren Engel: "Uns bleibt ein Erdenrest  (02:22)
    16. Part 1. Hymnus "Veni, creator spiritus". "Gloria sit Patri Domino"  (03:22)
    17. Part 2. Final Scene from Goethe's Faust, Part 2. Die jüngeren Engel: "Ich spür' soeben, nebelnd um  (01:22)
    18. Part 2. Final Scene from Goethe's Faust, Part 2. Doctor Marianus: "Höchste Herrscherin der Welt"  (04:24)
    19. Part 2. Final Scene from Goethe's Faust, Part 2. Chor 1/2: "Dir, der Unberührbaren" Chor der Büßeri  (03:55)
    20. Part 2. Final Scene from Goethe's Faust, Part 2. Fließend. Magna Peccatrix: "Bei der Liebe, die den  (04:50)
    21. Part 2. Final Scene from Goethe's Faust, Part 2. Una poenitentium: "Neige, du Ohnegleiche"  (01:13)
    22. Part 2. Final Scene from Goethe's Faust, Part 2. Selige Knaben: "Er überwächst uns schon" Una poeni  (03:56)
    23. Part 2. Final Scene from Goethe's Faust, Part 2. Mater gloriosa: "Komm! hebe dich zu höhern Spähren  (01:22)
    24. Part 2. Final Scene from Goethe's Faust, Part 2. Doctor Marianus: "Blicket auf zum Retterblick"  (06:01)
    25. Part 2. Final Scene from Goethe's Faust, Part 2. Chorus mysticus: "Alles Vergängliche ist nur ein G  (06:27)

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