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Mitropoulos Conducts Mahler: Symphonies 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10


Release Date: 07/21/1998 
Label:  Music & Arts Programs Of America Catalog #: 1021   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Beatrice KrebsMimi CoertseOtto EdelmannHilde Zadek,   ... 
Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Symphony OrchestraCologne West German Radio Symphony OrchestraVienna State Opera Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 7 Hours 34 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Originally offered as a belated tribute on the centenary of Dimitri Mitropoulos's birth, this collection presents some of Mitropoulos's finest performances of Mahler, one of his favorite composers (he premiered the Mahler Sixth in America and died while rehearsing Mahler's Third), drawn primarily from the 1960 New York Mahler Festival. The original booklet essay has been replaced with a note by UK critic Tony Duggan. Here are some critical reactions to the original release: 'This is a fabulous collection: an orgy of great music interpreted greatly.' --Raymond Tuttle, Fanfare 'This is an important set. The Ninth is among the best ever made. Throughout, Mitropoulos applies tempo fluctuations and rubato judiciously, leans into waltz and Read more landler movements with a swing not found elsewhere, and always communicates the inner passions that animate this great music.' --Dan Davis, The Absolute Sound 'The Greek-born Dimitri Mitropoulos does not figure largely in the record catalogue. But on the evidence of these electrifying live performances, given not long before his death in 1960, and excellently remastered, he was one of the great conductors of our time. The playing has a lacerating intensity that reminds me of Toscanini -- had Toscanini espoused Mahler's music, instead of spurning it. There is one caveat: Mitropoulos makes cuts in No. 3, some of them quite substantial. How could he? His manifest devotion to Mahler should have precluded it. Yet in rhythmic incisiveness and clarity of texture, in fluidity of tempo, in naked emotional power, he is an ideal Mahler conductor. The performances of No. 5 and No. 6 are particularly wonderful. Mahlerians should swallow their sense of outrage and acquire the set.' --David Cairns, Sunday Times (London) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan" by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1896 
Date of Recording: 1/9/1960 
Venue:  Live  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
2.
Symphony no 3 in D minor by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Beatrice Krebs (Alto)
Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1896; Hamburg, Germany 
Date of Recording: 4/15/1956 
Venue:  Live  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
3.
Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1/2/1960 
Venue:  Live  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
4.
Symphony no 6 in A minor "Tragic" by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904/1906; Austria 
Date of Recording: 8/31/1959 
Venue:  Live  West German Radio, Cologne, Germany 
5.
Symphony no 8 in E flat major "Symphony of A Thousand" by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Mimi Coertse (Soprano), Otto Edelmann (Bass), Hilde Zadek (Soprano),
Giuseppe Zampieri (Tenor), Hermann Prey (Baritone), Lucretia West (Alto),
Ira Malaniuk (Alto)
Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Friends of Music Society  ... 
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 8/28/1960 
Venue:  Live  Salzburg, Austria 
6.
Symphony no 10 in F sharp minor/major: 1st movement, Adagio by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1/17/1960 
7.
Symphony no 9 in D major by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908-1909; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1/23/1960 
Venue:  Live  Carnegie Hall, New York City 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 1 in D major, "Titan": I. Langsam, schleppend
Symphony No. 1 in D major, "Titan": II. Kraftig bewegt
Symphony No. 1 in D major, "Titan": III. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen
Symphony No. 1 in D major, "Titan": IV. Sturmisch bewegt
Symphony No. 10 in F sharp minor
Symphony No. 3 in D minor: I. Kraftig - Entschieden
Symphony No. 3 in D minor: II. Tempo di menuetto. Sehr massig
Symphony No. 3 in D minor: III. Comodo. Scherzando. Ohne Hast
Symphony No. 3 in D minor: IV. Sehr langsam. Misterioso
Symphony No. 3 in D minor: V. Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck
Symphony No. 3 in D minor: VI. Langsam. Ruhevoll. Empfunden

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