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Mahler: Symphonies 2, 4, 7 & 9, Das Lied von der Erde / Klemperer [6-CD Set]

Klemperer,Otto
Release Date: 05/07/2013 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 483982   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Hilde Rössl-MajdanElisabeth SchwarzkopfChrista LudwigFritz Wunderlich
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraPhilharmonia ChorusNew Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The legendary German conductor Otto Klemperer was one of the most profound musicians of the 20th Century. In the 1960s, nearing the end of his career, he overcame many physical handicaps to create an astonishing body of recorded classical music. EMI has just reissued a broad spectrum of his recordings, including a box set of one of the composers he's most associated with: Gustav Mahler." – Lloyd Schwartz, Fresh Air classical music critic, NPR

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To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Otto Klemperer's death, EMI Classics pays tribute to the incomparable conductor with the release of an extensive edition of 11 luxurious yet affordably-priced box sets.

Gustav Mahler's works are full of
Read more abrupt changes of mood. His influence on his successors was enormous and numerous composers Zemlinsky, Schönberg, Berg, Webern, Shostakovitch, Britten and Copland are just a few to acknowledge their debt. His influence also spread to the world of popular music. Paul McCartney wrote "I have always adored Mahler, and Mahler was a major influence on the music of The Beatles. John and me used to sit and do the Kindertotenlieder and Wunderhorn for hours, we'd take turns singing and playing the piano. We thought Mahler was great."

This 6-CD collection records Mahler's most remarkable works. Otto Klemperer was Mahler's protege and although we should be grateful that he recorded the works contained in this collection it is unfortunate that he never committed more to disc. In their latest remasterings these recordings literally defy their age. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection" by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Hilde Rössl-Majdan (Mezzo Soprano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1896; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1961-62 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 79 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Symphony no 4 in G major by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1900; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1961 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 54 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
Rückert Lieder (5): no 3, Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1964 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: German 
4.
Rückert Lieder (5): no 4, Um Mitternacht by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1964 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: German 
5.
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: no 5, Das irdische Leben by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1893; Hamburg, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1964 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: German 
6.
Rückert Lieder (5): no 2, Ich atmet' einen Linden Duft by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1964 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: German 
7.
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: no 9, Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1898; Hamburg, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1964 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: German 
8.
Symphony no 7 in E minor by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904-1905; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Symphony no 9 in D major by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908-1909; Austria 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 86 Minutes 40 Secs. 
10.
Das Lied von der Erde by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908-1909; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1964/1966 
Venue:    

Sound Samples

Symphony No.2 in C Minor 'Resurrection': I. Allegro Maestoso
Symphony No.2 in C Minor 'Resurrection': II. Andante moderato
Symphony No.2 in C Minor 'Resurrection': III. In ruhig fliessender Bewegung
Symphony No.2 in C Minor 'Resurrection': IV. Urlicht. Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht
Symphony No.2 in C Minor 'Resurrection': V. Im Tempo des Scherzos. Wild herausfahrend
Symphony No.2 in C Minor 'Resurrection': Wieder sehr breit
Symphony No.2 in C Minor 'Resurrection': Ritardando...Maestoso
Symphony No.2 in C Minor 'Resurrection': Wieder zurückaltend
Symphony No.2 in C Minor 'Resurrection': Langsam. Misterioso
Symphony No.2 in C Minor 'Resurrection': Etwas bewegter
Symphony No.2 in C Minor 'Resurrection': Mit Aufschwung aber nicht eilen
Symphony No. 4 in G major: I. Heiter, bedächtig. Nicht eilen
Symphony No. 4 in G major: II. In gemächlicher Bewegung. Ohne Hast
Symphony No. 4 in G major: III. Ruhevoll
Symphony No. 4 in G major: IV. Sehr behaglich [with soprano solo]
Lieder: Ich bin der Wlt abhanden gekommen (Rückert)
Lieder: Um Mitternacht (Rückert)
Lieder: Das irdische Leben (from "Des Knaben Wunderhorn")
Lieder: Ich atmet' einen linden Duft (Rückert)
Lieder: Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen (from "Des Knaben Wunderhorn")

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Must-have for Mahlerites June 12, 2013 By Martin H. (Gilbert, AZ) See All My Reviews "Since all of these recordings have been around for some time, many Mahlerites will have them, but for those just getting started, you must hear these recordings. Symphony 2: is powerful, unfussy and boy are there lots of ensemble problems: close to beginning a bassoon enters a bar early is a portent of things to come. Not perfectly played, but thrilling nonetheless. Symphony 4: Just outstanding. Tempos seem perfect Symphony 9: One of the greats. Walter should have some authority you would think, but Klemperer somehow wrings even more out it. Das Lied: Great by any standard. You wouldn't know that the last movement (heartbreakingly sung) was recorded a year after the rest. Symphony 7: If you love this symphony (I sure do) you will likely hate this recording. The middle three movements are fine - excellent playing and recording. The first though is bogged down by lethargic tempos. THere's no energy, excitement...nothing. How did the orchestra keep involved? The finale is almost as bad. Here's the problem: Klemperer worked with Mahler on the premier in Prague. Are these Mahler's tempos? Or was Klemperer too old to take on this difficult work? I can't accept this is the way it should go. Bernstein, Solti, Abbado, even Scherchen and Rosbaud make better cases than Klemperer. The remastered sound is excellent with some overloading the in Lieder attached to the 4th. At the price, you have to get this disk." Report Abuse
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