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Mahler: Symphony No 3 In D Minor, Kindertotenlieder / Boult, Ferrier


Release Date: 08/12/2008 
Label:  Testament   Catalog #: 1422   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier
Conductor:  Sir Adrian BoultOtto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony OrchestraConcertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 2 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The first movement is exciting, and remarkably well-played. The BBC brass in particular make very few mistakes, whether as an ensemble or in the many solo passages: trombone in the first movement, posthorn in the third, horns in the fourth, and the big chorale at the end. Sure, the horns and trumpets crack occasionally, but I've heard many, many live performances by famed "Mahler orchestras", such as the New York and Vienna Philharmonics, that were much worse than this. To the extent one can tell, it's also evident that Boult was a fine colorist on this occasion (his later work also bears this out), not shying away from some of the more alarming sounds that Mahler asks his players to make. He whips up a fine frenzy at the Read more eruption of "the mob" in the first movement's development section, as well as at the end of the scherzo, and captures the picture-postcard quality of the fifth movement very well. The choral singing, by the way, is mediocre, though it's kind of cute to hear the boys pronouncing "bam" at the end in a distinctly British fashion, to rhyme with "ham". Best of all Boult turns in a truly outstanding interpretation of the finale. It's not surprising that he gets (or more properly, creates) the Elgarian "nobilmente" of the opening particularly evocatively, but he also offers some extremely persuasive flexibility of pulse that's entirely in keeping with what Mahler requests. We're used to thinking of Boult as somewhat unyielding rhythmically, and a bit slack in terms of ensemble, and so he could be toward the end of his career when most of his best known recordings were made. Not here. Particularly effective is the way he broadens out at the climaxes--especially the one at the first cymbal crash that signals the return of material from the first movement, where his control of tempo during the ensuing accelerando is just about perfect. He also keeps the orchestra securely together most of the time: you can feel their confidence, and consequently their lack of expressive inhibitions. In sum, this Third delivers the Mahlerian goods. It's not a great performance overall, perhaps not a necessary one at this late date, but Boult and his team had every reason to be proud of their work that day in 1947. Even if you're not a Ferrier fan or some other dweller in an alternate reality, you can purchase this recording secure in the knowledge that its claims on your time and attention are legitimately musical as much as they are merely historical."

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 3 in D minor: 1st movement, Kräftig by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1896; Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 33 Minutes 28 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 3 in D minor: 2nd movement, Tempo di Minuetto by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer,  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam,  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1896; Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 20 Secs. 
3.
Symphony no 3 in D minor: 3rd movement, Comodo scherzando by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Spoken Vocals), Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1896; Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 15 Minutes 47 Secs. 
4.
Symphony no 3 in D minor: 4th movement, Sehr langsam "Misterioso" by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1896; Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 2 Secs. 
5.
Symphony no 3 in D minor: 5th movement, Adagio by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1896; Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
6.
Symphony no 3 in D minor: 6th movement, Langsam by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1896; Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 25 Minutes 59 Secs. 
7.
Kindertotenlieder: Nun will die Sonn' so hell aufgeh'n by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1904; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs. 
8.
Kindertotenlieder: Nun seh' ich wohl, warum so dunkle Flammen by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1904; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
9.
Kindertotenlieder: Wenn dein Mütterlein by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1904; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
10.
Kindertotenlieder: Oft denk' ich, sie sind nur ausgegangen by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1904; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
11.
Kindertotenlieder: In diesem wetter, in diesem braus by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1904; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 52 Secs. 

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