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Bernstein Century - Mahler: Symphony No 8, Kindertotenlieder

Release Date: 09/14/1999 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 61837   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Performer:  John MitchinsonErna SpoorenbergVladimir RuzdjakHans Vollenweider,   ... 
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraLondon Symphony ChorusFinchley Children's Music Group,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 48 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

At first glance, it may seem odd to couple Mahler's most exalted work with one that ranks among his most personal and tragic. Sony could have issued the symphony alone on a single disc, but chose not to for a very good reason: This is an excellent Kindertonlieder with both Lenny and Janet Baker at their absolute best. Dame Janet recorded this work earlier with Barbirolli, but here she's far more detailed in her phrasing and declamation of the text. Bernstein is also at his best - underling all of the dark, grim noises in the lower registers of the orchestra. As for the symphony, this was always considered a great performance, but had been criticized for its less than stellar sonic qualities at the climaxes (read: distortion). Sony has Read more gone a long way towards remedying things by transferring the work at a lower level. As a result, the huge endings for both Parts I and II have much greater bloom and expanse than previously. Although Bernstein's vocalists are not as great as those in the Solti recording on an individual basis, they do work better as an ensemble -- witness the passage for the three penitent women in Part II. This is a triumph for all concerned.

--Barry Guerrero, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphony no 8 in E flat major "Symphony of A Thousand" by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  John Mitchinson (Tenor), Erna Spoorenberg (Soprano), Vladimir Ruzdjak (Baritone),
Hans Vollenweider (Organ), Donald McIntyre (Bass), Norma Procter (Alto),
Anna Reynolds (Alto), Gwenyth Annear (Alto), Dame Gwyneth Jones (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus,  Finchley Children's Music Group  ... 
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1966 
Venue:  Walthamstow Hall, London, England 
Length: 79 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection is also sung in Latin. 
Kindertotenlieder by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1904; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1974 
Venue:  Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv, Israel 
Length: 28 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: German 

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