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Mahler: Symphonie no 1, Lieder / Kubelik, Fischer-Dieskau

Release Date: 05/13/1997 
Label:  Dg The Originals Catalog #: 449735   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

How do you define if a performance has “soul?” One way might be to listen to the brief sample below, the start of the “Klezmer” music from the funeral march of Mahler’s First in Kubelik’s benchmark DG recording. Check out the those stabbing interjections from the trumpets: that is “soul.” No other version does it quite so tellingly. For decades now, this performances has topped many lists as the version to get to start your Mahler collection, and it still makes an excellent first choice. It’s not the best recorded: in 1968 the Bavarian Radio engineers were still producing sound that was a little bit tinny and “studio bound,” but it is clean and well-balanced, and there are many excellent choices in more modern sound, even on this same Read more label, including Bernstein and Boulez for starters.

Aside from “soul,” what Kubelik and his players offer in this music is an innocence and freshness in the first two movements, and a hysterical abandon in the finale (one of the quickest on disc) that few other performances match. This is a performance with absolutely no dead spots. Better still, you get an outstanding version of the Songs of a Wayfarer featuring the late, great Fischer-Dieskau as a considerable bonus. Since themes from two of these songs turn up again in the first and third movements of the symphony, the total package gives you what might be called the complete “Mahler First Experience.”

However, I do have to point out that if you’re really hooked, you can get an even better sounding, more “amped-up” 1979 live Kubelik Mahler First with these same forces from Audite, albeit without the songs. Because it may be difficult to find and was reviewed here previously, I won’t go into further details at this particular time. Suffice it to say that one way or another, if you’re looking for the best options in this particularly symphony, you will need to have a Kubelik performance.

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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan" by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1896 
Date of Recording: 10/1967 
Notes: Composition written: Leipzig, Germany (1888).
Composition revised: Germany (1896). 
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1896; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1968 
Language: German 

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