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Leonard Bernstein conducts Mahler


Release Date: 03/13/2020 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 19439708562  
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Jennie TourelLee VenoraMartha LiptonReri Grist,   ... 
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York PhilharmonicSchola Cantorum New YorkNew York Philharmonic Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 12 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In short, what Bernstein gave us was the total Mahlerian package... these first versions have lost none of their freshness or sense of discovery. As such, they are irreplaceable, and incomparable.

The young Leonard Bernstein was already at the height of his conducting powers during his 1958–69 reign at the New York Philharmonic, and none of his achievements from that period had greater impact than the complete cycle of Mahler symphonies. Indeed, the 1962 release of the Third, a galvanizing recording that arguably has still not been surpassed, can be said to have launched the “Mahler Renaissance”. Other incomparable performances from this landmark set are the Seventh and Eighth. The latest remastered 12-album reissue
Read more also includes Bernstein’s 1972 live Israel Philharmonic recording of Das Lied von der Erde – “a fine, committed performance … highly enjoyable” (Gramophone) – with soloists Christa Ludwig and René Kollo.

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Excerpt from review of prior release of this set:

These interpretations are particularly important because they completely belie Bernstein's reputation as an indulgent artist given over to excess and emotional exaggeration. In fact, by today's standards, what Bernstein gives us here is Mahler that captures all of the music's extremes of excitement and color while never losing sight of the music's structure and carefully planned proportions. Bernstein's Mahler is, in fact, shapely. Nothing that he does lacks clear justification in the printed page. I can point to countless examples of recent Mahler conductors who are both more self-indulgent and less observant of detail than Bernstein ever was--Levine, Segerstam, Sinopoli, Rattle, and Norrington among them--without being notably more in sync with the music's expressive point.

In short, what Bernstein gave us was the total Mahlerian package, and while he did better some of these performances in his DG cycle (notably Symphonies Nos. 1 and 5), these first versions have lost none of their freshness or sense of discovery. As such, they are irreplaceable, and incomparable.

– ClassicsToday (David Hurwitz) Read less

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:  Philharmonic Hall, NYC 
2.
Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection" by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Jennie Tourel (Mezzo Soprano), Lee Venora (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1896; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/29/1963 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, NYC 
3.
Symphony no 3 in D minor by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Martha Lipton (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Schola Cantorum New York,  New York Philharmonic Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1896; Hamburg, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/03/1961 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, NYC 
4.
Symphony no 4 in G major by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Reri Grist (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1900; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/01/1960 
Venue:  St. George Hotel, NYC 
5.
Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/07/1963 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, NYC 
6.
Symphony no 6 in A minor "Tragic" by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904/1906; Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1967 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, NYC 
7.
Symphony no 7 in E minor by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904-1905; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/14/1965 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, NYC 
8.
Symphony no 8 in E flat major "Symphony of A Thousand" by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Donald McIntyre (Bass), Vladimir Ruzdjak (Baritone), Norma Procter (Mezzo Soprano),
Anna Reynolds (Mezzo Soprano), Dame Gwyneth Jones (Soprano), Erna Spoorenberg (Soprano),
Gwenyth Annear (Mezzo Soprano), John Mitchinson (Tenor)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1966 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
9.
Symphony no 9 in D major by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908-1909; Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/16/1965 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, NYC 
10.
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 Studio, NYC 
11.
Das Lied von der Erde by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), René Kollo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908-1909; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1972 
Venue:  Frederick Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 The Perfect Combination April 17, 2020 By P. Webb (Madison Heights, VA) See All My Reviews "I've wanted to get the collection of Bernstein conducting Mahler for quite a while. Now I get to enjoy both whenever I want. Over the course of many years I've come to love and respect Bernstein's encyclopedic knowledge of music and especially of Mahler's music. I'm so glad to have this and will enjoy it for many years to come." Report Abuse
 Mahler and Bernstein April 15, 2020 By D. Gordon (Anniston, AL) See All My Reviews "This is one of (at least) three sets of the symphonies that Mahler lovers should hear, along with the other Bernstein set from the 80’s on DG and the newer set by MTThomas and the San Francisco SO. These are wonderful, exploring performances that, I believe, helped to establish Mahler in the modern canon. The price was simply too good to pass. Highly recommended. (Note: At this writing, the world is largely distant one from another due to the Covid-19 pandemic.The time one invests into listening to these and other great works will be well spent.)" Report Abuse
 A classic reissued--again March 31, 2020 By Christopher Abbot (Westport, MA) See All My Reviews "Leonard Bernstein's first Mahler symphony cycle, originally on Columbia Records LPs, has been collected on CD at least three times before: in 2001, 2009, and 2012. The 2009 reissue, the 'Carnegie Hall' set, featured remastering by Andreas K. Meyer and was a marked improvement over the previous sets and various CD volumes of the individual symphonies (the 2012 set comprised the same remasters; Meyers also remastered the symphonies for SACD, available as Japanese imports at exorbitant prices). As far as I can ascertain, this new box features the remasters from 2009. There's nothing I can add to the millions of words already written about these recordings: they were some of my first Mahler recordings on LP, and for my money Nos. 3, 6, 7, and 9 have seldom been equalled, much less bettered. My only caveat--and the reason for the 4-star rating--is that this box, in keeping with every one of these new bargain boxes from Sony, contains no program booklet or texts. That's a shame, because the annotations for the 2009 box were exemplary and included notes by Andreas Meyer concerning his remastering. Be that as it may, these wonderful recordings are indispensable. If you haven't bought them before, this is the least expensive box yet, and a true bargain." Report Abuse
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