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Mahler: Complete Symphonies / Leonard Bernstein, Et Al


Release Date: 01/30/2001 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 89499   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Lee VenoraJennie TourelLili ChookasianLucine Amara,   ... 
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York PhilharmonicCollegiate ChoraleSchola Cantorum New York,   ... 
Number of Discs: 12 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 13 Hours 35 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

12 CD SET


This set is a really good deal, even if Sony's premature discontinuation of the Bernstein Century series (since revived, but only in France) prevented assembly of a truly complete set of the great conductor's Mahler recordings for the label. So you won't find Das Lied von der Erde, Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Lenny's LSO Second Symphony, and some songs with piano accompaniment. However, you do get Janet Baker's Kindertotenlieder, three Rückert songs and one Wunderhorn-Lied by Jennie Tourel, and extra versions of the first movement of the Eighth and the Adagietto of the Fifth. As for the balance, some of these newly remastered performances have
Read more been reviewed here individually, and you may want to look them up. To summarize: the interpretations of symphonies Nos. 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, and 9 rank with the finest available. No. 1 is very good, though Bernstein's later DG recording betters it. The only dud in the set is No. 5, not a bad conception, but neither well played nor well recorded, and a pale shadow of what Bernstein later achieved with the Vienna Philharmonic on DG. Still, these performances are classics in the truest sense of the word: path breaking recordings that, along with concurrent cycles by Kubelik, Haitink, and Abravanel, made the 1960s the "Mahler decade" everywhere but in the UK, where they are now desperately plowing through dismal BBC archival recordings by the likes of Horenstein and Barbirolli in a sad attempt to re-write recorded history and demonstrate that Mahler was a happening thing in the 60s there too. Well, the truth is right here, in this very reasonably priced box. Go for it.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan" by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1896 
Notes: Composition written: Leipzig, Germany (1888).
Composition revised: Germany (1896). 
2.
Symphony no 10 in F sharp minor/major: 1st movement, Adagio by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Austria 
3.
Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection" by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Lee Venora (Soprano), Jennie Tourel (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegiate Chorale,  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1896; Germany 
4.
Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor: 4th movement, Adagietto by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1968 
Venue:  Live  St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City 
Notes: This selection was recorded at the funeral for Robert F. Kennedy. 
5.
Symphony no 8 in E flat major "Symphony of A Thousand": Part 1 by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Lili Chookasian (Mezzo Soprano), Lucine Amara (Soprano), Adele Addison (Soprano),
Jennie Tourel (Mezzo Soprano), Richard Tucker (Tenor), George London (Bass Baritone),
Ezio Flagello (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Cantorum New York,  Columbus Boychoir,  Juilliard Chorus  ... 
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Venue:  Live  Lincoln Center, New York City 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection was recorded at the gala opening night concert of Philharmonic Hall (now Avery Fisher Hall). 
6.
Symphony no 3 in D minor by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Martha Lipton (Alto), John Ware (Posthorn)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Transfiguration Boys Choir,  Schola Cantorum New York Women's Chorus,  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1896; Hamburg, Germany 
Venue:  Lincoln Center, New York City 
Language: German 
7.
Rückert Lieder (5): no 2, Ich atmet' einen Linden Duft by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Jennie Tourel (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Lincoln Center, New York City 
Language: German 
8.
Kindertotenlieder by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1904; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Lincoln Center, New York City 
Language: German 
9.
Symphony no 4 in G major by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Reri Grist (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1900; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Lincoln Center, New York City 
Language: German 
10.
Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  James Chambers (French Horn)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Lincoln Center, New York City 
11.
Symphony no 6 in A minor "Tragic" by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904/1906; Austria 
Venue:  Lincoln Center, New York City 
12.
Symphony no 7 in E minor by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Raymond Sabinsky (Mandolin)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904-1905; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Lincoln Center, New York City 
13.
Symphony no 8 in E flat major "Symphony of A Thousand" by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Hans Vollenweider (Organ), Donald McIntyre (Bass Baritone), Vladimir Ruzdjak (Baritone),
John Mitchinson (Tenor), Anna Reynolds (Alto), Norma Procter (Alto),
Dame Gwyneth Jones (Soprano), Erna Spoorenberg (Soprano), Gwenyth Annear (Alto)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus,  Finchley Children's Music Group  ... 
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Lincoln Center, New York City 
Notes: This selection is sung in both Latin and German languages. 
14.
Symphony no 9 in D major by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908-1909; Austria 
Venue:  Lincoln Center, New York City 
15.
Rückert Lieder (5): no 3, Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Jennie Tourel (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Lincoln Center, New York City 
Language: German 
16.
Rückert Lieder (5): no 4, Um Mitternacht by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Jennie Tourel (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Lincoln Center, New York City 
Language: German 
17.
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: no 5, Das irdische Leben by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Jennie Tourel (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1893; Hamburg, Germany 
Venue:  Lincoln Center, New York City 
Language: German 

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