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Mahler: Symphonies No 1 & 2 / Kempe, Armstrong, Et Al


Release Date: 11/16/1999 
Label:  Bbc Legends   Catalog #: 4022   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Sheila ArmstrongAnna Reynolds
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony OrchestraNew Philharmonia ChorusMunich Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

Imported from : European Union   
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Rudolf Kempe is one of several mid-20th century conductors who, though overshadowed by Herbert von Karajan, forged long-standing relationships with European orchestras and opera houses and produced some immeasurably fine performances and recordings. Kempe's work deserves wider recognition, and here BBC Legends contributes a pair of Mahler recordings that supplement the conductor's only commercial recording of the composer ('Kindertotenlieder' with Fischer-Dieskau).
The 1965 First Symphony has some fine playing in the first and last movements, but is somewhat weaker in the inner movements. The 'Resurrection,' however, is the main attraction. The Second Symphony is a 1972 Proms performance which eschews flashy excesses in favor of an
Read more interpretation which highlights the structural logic of the work. The orchestra of which Kempe was music director during his final decade follows him admirably, fleshing out his reading of the work with playing both crisp and lyrical. There can be little doubt as to why this was a highlight of the season! Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan" by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1896 
Date of Recording: 05/1965 
Notes: Composition written: Leipzig, Germany (1888).
Composition revised: Germany (1896). 
2. Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection" by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Sheila Armstrong (Soprano), Anna Reynolds (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Chorus,  Munich Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1896; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1972 
Venue:  Live  Royal Albert Hall, London, England 

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