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Mahler: Symphony No. 5 & Lieder / Suitner, Lorenz, Staatskapelle Berlin


Release Date: 05/19/2017 
Label:  Berlin Classics   Catalog #: 0300922  
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Siegfried Lorenz
Conductor:  Otmar SuitnerGünther Herbig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle DresdenBerlin Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“With his Viennese background, Suitner brought something authentic and credible with him.” Memories are still vivid in the minds of contemporaries when asked about recordings that were made over thirty years ago. Such recordings must have made a lasting impression on those involved, including Lothar Friedrich (long-standing violinist of the Berlin Staatskapelle), who is quoted above. This 1986 double LP release by the East German label Eterna, featuring works by Gustav Mahler, is certainly no exception. The main work, the Fifth Symphony, once a groundbreaking success for the composer, is joined by songs from the anthology Des Knaben Wunderhorn (the boy’s magic horn). The interpreters: baritone Siegfried Lorenz, the Staatskapelle Berlin and Read more Otmar Suitner. Suitner, the conductor who died in Berlin in 2010, was Austrian, a fact that may be key to understanding why this record was ever made at all. Suitner was general music director of the Berlin State Opera on Unter den Linden from 1974 until 1991 and thus directed the Berlin Staatskapelle at the same time. “He was very relaxed, not over-focussed – a fantastic conductor, always at ease and enthusiastic. These songs needed an orchestra that produces pure expression”, said singer Siegfried Lorenz about the recording of the “Wunderhorn” lieder with Otmar Suitner. The longtime violinist of the Berlin Staatskapelle, Lothar Friedrich, adds regarding the Fifth Symphony: “When I listen to the recording now, I feel vindicated. Suitner struck an excellent balance between his emotional side on the one hand and his intellectual approach on the other.” Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Otmar Suitner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: no 13, Revelge by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Siegfried Lorenz (Baritone)
Conductor:  Otmar Suitner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1898; Hamburg, Germany 
3.
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: no 1, Der Schildwache Nachtlied by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Siegfried Lorenz (Baritone)
Conductor:  Otmar Suitner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Hamburg, Germany 
4.
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: no 14, Der Tamboursg'sell by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Siegfried Lorenz (Baritone)
Conductor:  Otmar Suitner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1898; Hamburg, Germany 
5.
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: no 8, Lied des Verfolgten im Turm by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Siegfried Lorenz (Baritone)
Conductor:  Otmar Suitner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Rückert Lieder (5) by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Siegfried Lorenz (Baritone)
Conductor:  Günther Herbig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 

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