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Mahler: The Complete Symphonies / Rattle, Berlin Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony


Release Date: 08/18/2017 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 563131  
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dame Janet BakerArleen AugérBirgit RemmertPeter Thomas,   ... 
Conductor:  Simon RattleJean Ashworth BartleShirley Court
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony OrchestraCity of Birmingham Symphony ChorusCity of Birmingham Symphony Chorus Women,   ... 
Number of Discs: 12 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“For Mahler,” Sir Simon Rattle has said, "the symphony is where you can tell the most important truths.” The composer’s works have been crucial to his career – indeed, it was the epic Symphony No. 2 that first inspired him to become a musician. Spanning nearly two decades, these recordings of the complete symphonies, including Deryck Cooke’s completion of No. 10, were made with the two ensembles most closely identified with Rattle’s name: the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Berliner Philharmoniker. “For Mahler,” Sir Simon Rattle has said, "the symphony is where you can tell the most important truths.” The composer’s works have been crucial to his career – indeed, it was the epic Symphony No. 2 that first inspired him to become a musician. Spanning nearly two decades, these recordings of the complete symphonies, including Deryck Cooke’s completion of No. 10, were made with the two ensembles most closely identified with Rattle’s name: the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Berliner Philharmoniker. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan" by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1896 
2.
Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection" by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Arleen Augér (Soprano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1896; Germany 
3.
Symphony no 3 in D minor by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Birgit Remmert (Alto)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus,  City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus Women
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1896; Hamburg, Germany 
4.
Symphony no 4 in G major by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Peter Thomas (Organ), Amanda Roocroft (Soprano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1900; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Symphony no 6 in A minor "Tragic" by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904/1906; Austria 
7.
Symphony no 9 in D major by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908-1909; Austria 
8.
Symphony no 7 in E minor by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904-1905; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Symphony no 8 in E flat major "Symphony of A Thousand" by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Joseph Cullen (Organ)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Jean Ashworth Bartle,  Shirley Court
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Chorus,  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  Toronto Children's Chorus  ... 
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Symphony no 10 in F sharp minor/major by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Austria 

Customer Reviews

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  Mahler for the Serious Collector September 17, 2017 By Christopher  Abbot (Chilmark, MA) See All My Reviews "This new boxset duplicates in part a set released several years ago by EMI: that set collected all of Sir Simon Rattle's Mahler recordings, including Das Lied von der Erde (which is exceptionally good), Das Klagende Lied, and a set of songs sung by Simon Keenlyside; this new set includes only the symphonies. There has been no remastering, as far as I can tell, apart from that produced for the reissue of the Symphony No. 2 for its inclusion in the Great Recordings of the Century series; luckily, most of the original sound production work was first rate. If you know Rattle's Mahler, you will need no further encouragement for purchasing this set. If you are new to this conductor's Mahler, I would suggest that he manages to find something new to say about this by-now-quite-familiar music: the slight hesitation in the low strings in the opening of the Second; those glissandos in the oboe and English horn in the fourth movement of the Third; the tempos in the opening of the Fourth, which essentially reverse the usual practice; the choice of Andante-Scherzo in the Sixth; the Cooke Performing Version of the Tenth. For me, the weakest performances are those of the First, where the first movement is surprisingly muted and tentative, and the Fourth, where the opening fails to convince, and whose soprano is too mature-sounding. These are more than compensated for by the strengths of the Third (the best overall of the CBSO recordings), Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth. Rattle has recorded a newer version of the Second in Berlin, which represents his current thinking in that work. He had recorded a Ninth in Vienna, which this newer Ninth replaces, and a Tenth in Bournemouth, which I still feel is a more vital performance than the newer Berlin one (though the Berlin performance sounds better). The program notes for the set are rudimentary, and there are no texts for the vocal movements; in short, this is indeed a budget release. Though this may not be a good 'starter' set for Mahler, it should certainly be a strong contender for anyone serious about this composer." Report Abuse
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