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Bernstein Century - Mahler: Symphony No 1, Adagio


Release Date: 11/24/1998 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 60732   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A 1966 recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 1 ("Titan"), reissued in Sony's Bernstein Century series features a younger Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic, with which he began his long tenure as music director in 1958. The lithe, propulsive performance is more restrained than some of his later Mahler interpretations, but there is plenty of tumult and brooding intensity.

--Vivien Schweitzer, New York Times
A 1966 recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 1 ("Titan"), reissued in Sony's Bernstein Century series features a younger Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic, with which he began his long tenure as music director in 1958. The lithe, propulsive performance is more restrained than some of his later Mahler interpretations, but there is plenty of tumult and brooding intensity.

--Vivien Schweitzer, New York Times
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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 
Date of Recording: 10/04/1966 
Venue:  Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC 
Length: 52 Minutes 36 Secs. 
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 
Date of Recording: 04/08/1975 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 26 Minutes 25 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Movement I. Langsam. Schleppend. Wie ein Naturlaut.
Immer sehr gemächlich.
Sehr gemächlich.
Vorwärts drängend
Movement II. Kräftig bewegt
Trio. Recht gemächlich
Tempo primo
Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen
Movement III. A tempo. Ziemlich langsam
Sehr einfach und schlicht wie eine Volksweise
Wieder etwas bewegter, wie im Anfang
Movement IV. Stürmisch bewegt
Sehr gesangvoll
Wieder wie zu Anfang. Stürmisch bewegt
Sehr langsam
Wieder vorwärts drängend
Andante
Andante come prima
A tempo (fließend)
measure 104
measure 194
A tempo

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Fantastic Mahler/Bernstein Magic!! September 7, 2012 By Richard F. Buckley (Jefferson Hills, PA) See All My Reviews "Leonard Bernstein must have been conceived primarily to conduct Mahler - or so it seems! Not that he is exclusively a Mahlerian expert. He does exceptionally well with most composers, but no one can come close to touching him when it comes to Mahler. Perhaps Lenny and Gustav were born with the same sort of sensibilities or something. I don't know. Lenny and the NYP get it on famously in the two selections on this "Bernstein Century" recording. In many ways Mahler was a unique composer. He introduced more drama in his music that anybody since Beethoven, but he did it a little differently than Ludwig. He obviously learned a lot from the great Beethoven. On this disc Lenny continues his tradition of excellence with Mahler works. His fast movements are just that. In places they take your breath away. The softer passages are delivered just as Gustav himself would have approved. The "Titan" is an overwhelming work Bernstein and the NYP present it perfectly. Mahler would have been proud. Thank God Lenny performed just that portion of the 10th which Mahler finished before he died, unlike other presumptuous composer/ conductors who presume to be expert enough to add to the genius' great work. Shame on them! By all means, add this marvelous disc to your collection. There is not now, nor will there probably ever be, a superior rendition on the market. Highly recommended." Report Abuse
 Great, but can't like Mahler May 30, 2012 By Ralph Miller (Vallejo, CA) See All My Reviews "Still trying to figure out the appeal of Mahler’s music. I am partial to early Bernstein (with NY Phil.) in other repertoire due to swift tempos and exuberance and clear delineation of voices, as well as sixties recording techniques, which somehow make things easier for the hard-of-hearing like me. But I still cannot fathom the appeal of Mahler, which seems to me just long periods of very soft but agreeable noodling by the horns and woodwinds and muted strings punctuated by episodes of grandiloquent bombast. Lenny makes it less pretentious, but it’s still kind of boring. This recording, if you, unlike me, really like Mahler, could hardly better, and a true bargain as well." Report Abuse
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