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Bernstein Century - Mahler: Symphony No 3, Etc / New York Po


Release Date: 07/27/1999 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 61831   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Martha LiptonJennie Tourel
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Transfiguration Boys ChoirSchola Cantorum New York Women's ChorusNew York Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 25 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This was the finest performance of Mahler's Third when it was first issued back in 1962, and in some ways it has never been surpassed. Bernstein catches the riotous vulgarity of the first movement march music like no other conductor--not even his own digital remake reaches the level of sheer abandon he whips up here, and he also has the best of all fifth movements (bright and cheery, with dazzlingly prominent percussion). Other, more recent performances may match or even supercede this one in this or that detail, but on the whole the status of this performance as the reference by which all others are judged remains unchallenged. This performance also was the symphony's stereo debut, and Sony's
Read more latest remastering is a complete success. Jennie Tourel's performances of the songs are not without controversy. Her voice never was conventionally "beautiful," but her musical perceptions always were dead on the mark, and so it proves here. At mid-price, this is great listening.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 3 in D minor by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Martha Lipton (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Transfiguration Boys Choir,  Schola Cantorum New York Women's Chorus,  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1896; Hamburg, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/03/1961 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 99 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: German 
2. Rückert Lieder (5): no 2, Ich atmet' einen Linden Duft by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Jennie Tourel (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/08/1960 
Venue:  St. George Hotel, Brooklyn, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: German 
3. Rückert Lieder (5): no 3, Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Jennie Tourel (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/08/1960 
Venue:  St. George Hotel, Brooklyn, New York 
Length: 6 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: German 
4. Rückert Lieder (5): no 4, Um Mitternacht by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Jennie Tourel (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/08/1960 
Venue:  St. George Hotel, Brooklyn, New York 
Length: 7 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: German 
5. Des Knaben Wunderhorn: no 5, Das irdische Leben by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Jennie Tourel (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1893; Hamburg, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/08/1960 
Venue:  St. George Hotel, Brooklyn, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: German 
6. Kindertotenlieder by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Jennie Tourel (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1904; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/16/1960 
Venue:  St. George Hotel, Brooklyn, New York 
Length: 26 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: German 

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