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Rafael Kubelik - The Symphony Edition [23-CD Set]

Kubelik,Rafael
Release Date: 06/24/2014 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 002054802   Spars Code: DDD 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This set represents Rafael Kubelik’s art in a wholly positive way. His Mahler and Dvorák cycles are very well-known. The Dvorák remains, along with those by Rowicki and Kertesz, one of the three reference editions of the complete symphonies, and the only one featuring a Czech conductor. It’s particularly outstanding for the middle period works, Nos. 4-6, all of which are imbued with a rhythmic drive that few other versions match. The scherzos are especially memorable: that of the Sixth Symphony features crisp, hard-hitting accents that are really exciting. Through it all, the Berlin Philharmonic plays beautifully for Kubelik, and the couplings (Carnival, Scherzo Capriccio, The Wood Dove) with the Bavarian Radio Symphony, are Read more every bit as fine.

Kubelik’s Mahler emphasizes the composer’s Czech heritage. Balances favor the woodwinds, and Kubelik brings the Slavic element to the fore. Conceptually the interpretations tend toward the small scale, swift and lean, and this means that the Second and Eighth lack the power and grandeur that others bring to them–but the rest of the cycle is pretty impressive. Kubelik’s Third is surprisingly fresh and gutsy. The First remains a reference version, while the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Ninth are all shapely and bracing, even if the playing of the Bavarian Radio Symphony isn’t as brilliant as that of the greatest European and US ensembles. Give Kubelik credit for stressing his orchestra’s strengths. You will hear details in these performances, especially from the wind section, that disappear in other recordings–check out those clarinets in the Fourth Symphony’s first movement second subject. Wonderful.

Kubelik’s Schumann and Beethoven cycles have had very little exposure on CD, and even tended to be overlooked when they were originally issued on LP, although for different reasons. The Schumann cycle is a decent, middle of the road series of interpretations noteworthy mainly for the fact that Kubelik gets the Berlin Philharmonic to sound so much better in this music than Karajan ever did. Kubelik’s Beethoven cycle, on the other hand, is unique in that it employs a different orchestra for each symphony, throwing the emphasis squarely on the conductor.

If Kubelik’s Mahler can sound modest in scale, then his Beethoven is strikingly large. The Eroica’s funeral march is one of the slowest and grimmest on disc, though it never drags. The Ninth is exceptionally powerful. Where so many performances fiddle with the dynamics in the first movement’s blazing recapitulation, Kubelik powers right through it to thrilling effect. Given the big-boned conception, the performances run amazingly true to form, and one of the principal attractions of the cycle lies in hearing the orchestras that are less familiar on disc in this repertoire play Beethoven.

For the record, here is who plays what: No. 1 (London Symphony); No. 2 (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra); No. 3 (Berlin Philharmonic); No. 4 (Israel Philharmonic); No. 5 (Boston Symphony); No. 6 (Orchestre de Paris); No. 7 (Vienna Philharmonic); No. 8 (Cleveland Orchestra); No. 9 (Bavarian Radio Symphony). The consistency of results really does constitute a tribute to Kubelik’s artistry. I’m not sure there are many other conductors who could have pulled this off as successfully, and whether you agree with everything he does or not there’s no questioning his authority and mastery over both the repertoire and the ensembles that play it. Ultimately, that is what great conducting is all about.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com


Track List

CD 1: Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827) Symphony No.1 in C, Op.21
1. 1. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio 9:13
2. 2. Andante cantabile con moto 8:10
3. 3.
4. 4. Finale (Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace) 5:48
London Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik

Symphony No.2 in D, Op.36
5. 1. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio 13:09
6. 2. Larghetto 12:33
7. 3. Scherzo (Allegro) 3:43
8. 4. Allegro molto 6:36
Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Rafael Kubelik
Total Playing Time 1:03:14

CD 2: Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 8
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 -"Eroica"
1. 1. Allegro con brio 16:14
2. 2. Marcia funebre (Adagio assai) 17:43
3. 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace) 6:19
4. 4. Finale (Allegro molto) 12:40
Berliner Philharmoniker, Rafael Kubelik

Symphony No.8 in F, Op.93
5. 1. Allegro vivace e con brio 9:26
6. 2. Allegretto scherzando 4:05
7. 3. Tempo di menuetto 5:03
8. 4. Allegro vivace 7:38
The Cleveland Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik
Total Playing Time 1:19:08

CD 3: Beethoven: Symphonies No. 4 & 6
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Symphony No.4 in B flat, Op.60
1. 1. Adagio - Allegro vivace 12:03
2. 2. Adagio 9:58
3. 3. Allegro vivace 6:05
4. 4. Allegro ma non troppo 6:45
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik

Symphony No.6 in F, Op.68 -"Pastoral"
5. 1. Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande: Allegro ma non troppo 11:04
6. 2. Szene am Bach: (Andante molto mosso) 14:27
7. 3. Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute (Allegro) 5:52
8. 4. Gewitter, Sturm (Allegro) 4:00
9. 5. Hirtengesang. Frohe und dankbare Gefühle nach dem Sturm: Allegretto 10:20
Orchestre de Paris, Rafael Kubelik
Total Playing Time 1:20:34

CD 4: Beethoven: Symphonies No. 5 & 7 Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67
1. 1. Allegro con brio 8:24
2. 2. Andante con moto 11:09
3. 3. Allegro 5:21
4. 4. Allegro 11:16
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik

Symphony No.7 in A, Op.92
5. 1. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
6. 2. Allegretto 9:25
7. 3. Presto - Assai meno presto 9:28
8. 4. Allegro con brio 7:09
Wiener Philharmoniker, Rafael Kubelik Total Playing Time 1:15:34

CD 5: Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 - "Choral"
1. 1. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso 16:37
2. 2. Molto vivace 12:25
3. 3. Adagio molto e cantabile 16:29
4. 4. Presto - Allegro assai 6:26
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik 4. 5. Presto- "O Freunde, nicht diese Töne!" -Allegro assai 17:59
Helen Donath, Teresa Berganza, Wieslaw Ochman, Thomas Stewart, Bavarian Radio Chorus, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik Total Playing Time 1:09:56

CD 6: Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 1 In B Flat, Op.38 & 2 In C, Op.61; Overture Genoveva
Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
Symphony No.1 In B Flat, Op.38 - "Spring"
1. 1. Andante un poco maestoso - Allegro molto vivace 11:30
2. 2. Larghetto 6:44
3. 3. Scherzo (Molto vivace) 5:55
4. 4. Allegro animato e grazioso 7:08

Symphony No.2 In C, Op.61
5. 1. Sostenuto assai - Un poco più vivace - Allegro ma non troppo - Con fuoco 11:43
6. 2. Scherzo (Allegro vivace) 6:54
7. 3. Adagio espressivo 9:21
8. 4. Allegro molto vivace 9:18
9. Overture Genoveva, Op.81 9:27
Berliner Philharmoniker, Rafael Kubelik
Total Playing Time 1:18:00

CD 7: Schumann: Symphonies Nos.3 In E Flat, Op.97 & 4 In D Minor, Op.120, Overture Manfred, Op.115
Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.97 - "Rhenish"
1. 1. Lebhaft 9:48
2. 2. Scherzo (Sehr mäßig) 6:08
3. 3. Nicht schnell 5:09
4. 4. Feierlich 6:03
5. 5. Lebhaft 6:01

Symphony No.4 In D Minor, Op.120
6. 1. Ziemlich langsam - Lebhaft 11:34
7. 2. Romanze (Ziemlich langsam) 4:51
8. 3. Scherzo 5:54
9. 4. Langsam - Lebhaft - Schneller - Presto 7:30
10. Overture Manfred, Op.115 12:06
Berliner Philharmoniker, Rafael Kubelik
Total Playing Time 1:15:04

CD 8: Dvorák: Symphony No. 1, Symphony No. 4 / Movements 1 & 2 Antonín Dvorák (1841 - 1904)
Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.3 - "The Bells of Zlonice"
1. 1. Maestoso - Allegro 13:30
2. 2. Adagio di molto 11:08
3. 3. Allegretto 9:35
4. 4. Finale (Allegro animato) 13:36

Symphony No.4 in D minor, Op.13
5. 1. Allegro 10:23
6. 2. Andante sostenuto e molto cantabile 12:28
Berliner Philharmoniker, Rafael Kubelik Total Playing Time 1:10:40
CD 9: Dvorák: Symphony No. 4 / Movements 3 & 4, Symphony No. 2 Antonín Dvorák (1841 - 1904)
Symphony No.4 in D minor, Op.13
1. 3. Scherzo (Allegro feroce) 8:01
2. 4. Finale (Allegro con brio) 9:35

Symphony No.2 in B flat, Op.4
3. 1. Allegro con moto 13:01
4. 2. Poco adagio 15:29
5. 3. Scherzo (Allegro con brio) 13:24
6. 4. Finale (Allegro con fuoco) 11:36
Berliner Philharmoniker, Rafael Kubelik
Total Playing Time 1:11:06

CD 10: Dvorák: Symphonies No. 3 & 5
Antonín Dvorák (1841 - 1904)
Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.10
1. 1. Allegro moderato 11:59
2. 2. Adagio molto, tempo di marcia 17:58
3. 3. Finale (Allegro vivace) 8:17

Symphony No.5 in F, Op.76
4. 1. Allegro, ma non troppo 13:19
5. 2. Andante con moto 7:53
6. 3. Andante con moto - Allegro scherzando 7:55
7. 4. Allegro molto 12:27

Berliner Philharmoniker, Rafael Kubelik Total Playing Time 1:19:48

CD 11: Dvorák: Symphony No. 6, Scherzo capriccioso
Antonín Dvorák (1841 - 1904)
Symphony No.6 in D, Op.60
1. 1. Allegro non tanto 13:19
2. 2. Adagio 11:30
3. 3. Scherzo (Furiant: Presto) 8:37
4. 4. Finale (Allegro con spirito) 11:58

Berliner Philharmoniker, Rafael Kubelik 5. Scherzo capriccioso, Op.66 12:53

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik Total Playing Time 58:17

CD 12: Dvorák: Symphonies No. 7 & 8
Antonín Dvorák (1841 - 1904)
Symphony No.7 in D minor, Op.70
1. 1. Allegro maestoso 11:18
2. 2. Poco adagio 9:42
3. 3. Scherzo (Vivace) 7:26
4. 4. Finale (Allegro) 9:18

Symphony No.8 in G, Op.88
5. 1. Allegro con brio 9:50
6. 2. Adagio 10:16
7. 3. Allegretto grazioso - Molto vivace 6:36
8. 4. Allegro ma non troppo 8:46
Berliner Philharmoniker, Rafael Kubelik
Total Playing Time 1:13:12

CD 13: Dvorák: Carnival Overture, The Wood Dove, Symphony No. 9
Antonín Dvorák (1841 - 1904)
1. Carnival Overture, Op.92 8:56
2. The Wood Dove, Op.110 18:58
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik

Symphony No.9 in E Minor, Op.95 "From the New World"
3. 1. Adagio - Allegro molto 9:24
4. 2. Largo 13:00
5. 3. Scherzo (Molto vivace) 8:05
6. 4. Allegro con fuoco 11:48
Berliner Philharmoniker, Rafael Kubelik
Total Playing Time 1:10:11

CD 14: Mahler: Symphony No. 1 In D
Gustav Mahler (1860 - 1911)
Symphony No.1 in D
1. 1. Langsam. Schleppend 14:31
2. 2. Kräftig bewegt 6:55
3. 3. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen 10:37
4. 4. Stürmisch bewegt 17:40
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik
Total Playing Time 49:43

CD 15: Mahler: Symphony No. 2 In C Minor - "Resurrection"

Gustav Mahler (1860 - 1911)
Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" 1. 1. Allegro maestoso. Mit durchaus ernstem und feierlichem Ausdruck 19:36
2. 2. Andante moderato. Sehr gemächlich 10:32
3. 3. Scherzo: In ruhig fliessender Bewegung 10:06
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik 4. 4. "Urlicht". Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht "O Röschen rot!" 4:56
Norma Procter, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik 5. 5a. Im Tempo des Scherzos. Wild herausfahrend - 17:32
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik 6. 5d. "Aufersteh'n, ja aufersteh'n wirst du" (Langsam. Misterioso) - Text after F.G. Klopstock: "Auferstehung" 13:30
Edith Mathis, Norma Procter, Bavarian Radio Chorus, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik, Otto Freudenthal Total Playing Time 1:16:12


CD 16: Mahler: Symphony No. 3 In D Minor Gustav Mahler (1860 - 1911)
Symphony No.3 in D minor
Part 1
1. 1. Kräftig. Entscheiden 31:06
Part 2
2. 2. Tempo di minuetto. Sehr mäßig 9:41
3. 3. Comodo. Scherzando. Ohne Hast 16:58
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik 4. 4. Sehr langsam. Misterioso: "O Mensch! Gib acht!" 'O Mensch! Gib acht' 9:22
Marjorie Thomas, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik 5. 5. Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck: "Bimm Bamm. Es sungen drei Engel" 4:16
Marjorie Thomas, Bavarian Radio Chorus, Der Tölzer Knabenchor, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik Total Playing Time 1:11:23

CD 17: Mahler: Symphony Nos. 3 Part II & 10 (Unfinished)
Gustav Mahler (1860 - 1911)
Symphony No.3 in D minor
Part 2
1. 6. Langsam. Ruhevoll. Empfunden 22:07
Symphony No.10 in F sharp (unfinished) 2. Andante - Adagio 23:56
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik Total Playing Time 46:03

CD 18: Mahler: Symphony No. 4 In G
Gustav Mahler (1860 - 1911)
Symphony No.4 in G
1. 1. Bedächtig. Nicht eilen - Recht gemächlich 15:47
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik 2. 2. In gemächlicher Bewegung. Ohne Hast 9:04
Rudolf Koeckert, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik 3. 3. Ruhevoll (Poco adagio) 18:47
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik 4. 4. Sehr behaglich: "Wir genießen die himmlischen Freuden" 8:01 Elsie Morison, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik Total Playing Time 51:39

CD 19: Mahler: Symphony No. 5 In C Sharp Minor
Gustav Mahler (1860 - 1911)
Symphony No.5 in C sharp minor
1. 1. Trauermarsch (In gemessenem Schritt. Streng. Wie ein Kondukt - Plötzlich schneller. Leidenschaftlich. Wild - Tempo I) 11:38
2. 2. Stürmisch bewegt. Mit größter Vehemenz - Bedeutend langsamer - Tempo I subito 13:53
3. 3. Scherzo (Kräftig, nicht zu schnell) 17:20
4. 4. Adagietto (Sehr langsam) 9:45
5. 5. Rondo-Finale (Allegro) 15:27
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik
Total Playing Time 1:08:03

CD 20: Mahler: Symphony No. 6 In A Minor
Gustav Mahler (1860 - 1911)
Symphony No.6 in A Minor
1. 1. Allegro energico, ma non troppo. Heftig aber Markig 21:07
2. 2. Scherzo (Wuchtig) 11:41
3. 3. Andante moderato 14:39
4. 4. Finale (Allegro moderato) 26:37 Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik
Total Playing Time 1:14:04

CD 21: Mahler: Symphony No. 7 In E Minor
Gustav Mahler (1860 - 1911)
Symphony No.7 In E Minor
1. 1. Langsam - Allegro 19:40
2. 2. Nachtmusik (Allegro moderato) 14:46
3. 3. Scherzo 9:23
4. 4. Nachtmusik (Andante amoroso) 11:58
5. 5. Rondo - Finale (Allegro ordinario - Allegro moderato ma energico) 16:42
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik
Total Playing Time 1:12:29

CD 22: Mahler: Symphony No. 8 In E Flat - "Symphony Of A Thousand"
Gustav Mahler (1860 - 1911)

Symphony No.8 in E flat - "Symphony of a Thousand" Part One: Hymnus "Veni creator spiritus" 1. "Veni creator spiritus" 21:57
Martina Arroyo, Erna Spoorenberg, Julia Hamari, Norma Procter, Donald Grobe, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Franz Crass, Eberhard Kraus, Bavarian Radio Chorus, Chor des Norddeutschen Rundfunks, Chor Des Westdeutschen Rundfunks, Boys of the Regenburger Domchorus, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik Part Two: Final scene from Goethe's "Faust" 2. Poco adagio: Waldung, sie schwankt heran 27:52
Julia Hamari, Donald Grobe, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Franz Crass, Bavarian Radio Chorus, Chor des Norddeutschen Rundfunks, Chor Des Westdeutschen Rundfunks, Boys of the Regenburger Domchorus, Female Chorus of the Munich Motettenchorus, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik 3. "Dir, der Unberührbaren" 24:23
Martina Arroyo, Erna Spoorenberg, Edith Mathis, Julia Hamari, Norma Procter, Donald Grobe, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Franz Crass, Eberhard Kraus, Bavarian Radio Chorus, Chor des Norddeutschen Rundfunks, Chor Des Westdeutschen Rundfunks, Boys of the Regenburger Domchorus, Female Chorus of the Munich Motettenchorus, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik Total Playing Time 1:14:12

CD 23: Mahler: Symphony No. 9 In D
Gustav Mahler (1860 - 1911)
Symphony No.9 in D
1. 1a. Andante comodo 25:57
2. 2. Im Tempo eines gemächlichen Ländler. Etwas täppisch und sehr derb - Poco più mosso subito - Ländler, ganz langsam 16:01
3. 3. Rondo. Burleske (Allegro assai. Sehr trotzig - Presto) 13:17 4. 4. Adagio (Sehr langsam) 21:46
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik
Total Playing Time 1:17:01
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