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Mahler: Symphony No 1; Rachmaninov: Isle Of The Dead / Mitropoulos


Release Date: 01/14/1997 
Label:  Sony Classical Masterworks Catalog #: 62342   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gustav MahlerSergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Latest to join the nostalgic-presentation bandwagon, Sony has chosen a worthy occasion in recording history to showcase in style. Mitropoulos’s pioneering 1940 Mahler One begins unpromisingly with screechy violin harmonics and monster winds, but settles to an acceptable-sounding presentation of a live-wire event (no repeats, but who’s complaining?). Each movement encompasses so many clear-etched moods and tempi that the final impression of dramatic unity can only amaze. The same goes for the Rachmaninov, where the grim ferry-boat turns into a locomotive and a luxury liner in turn without the slightest implausibility.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 3 (out of 5)

-- David Nice, BBC Music Magazine
Latest to join the nostalgic-presentation bandwagon, Sony has chosen a worthy occasion in recording history to showcase in style. Mitropoulos’s pioneering 1940 Mahler One begins unpromisingly with screechy violin harmonics and monster winds, but settles to an acceptable-sounding presentation of a live-wire event (no repeats, but who’s complaining?). Each movement encompasses so many clear-etched moods and tempi that the final impression of dramatic unity can only amaze. The same goes for the Rachmaninov, where the grim ferry-boat turns into a locomotive and a luxury liner in turn without the slightest implausibility.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 3 (out of 5)

-- David Nice, BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan" by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1896 
Date of Recording: 11/04/1940 
Venue:  Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis 
Length: 47 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Leipzig, Germany (1888).
Composition revised: Germany (1896). 
2. Isle of the Dead, Op. 29 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/02/1945 
Venue:  Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis 
Length: 20 Minutes 14 Secs. 

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