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Re: Forthcoming & New Releases 2017
« Reply #60 on: March 16, 2017, 11:37:35 AM »
Sorry, I was really unclear. The Pesek/Mahler set is about $50 - not the Schmidt. I paid nearly $20 for that Schmidt some 30 years ago. Is that all my beloved cds are worth anymore?

Cheer up! The re-issue is worth more:

https://www.amazon.com/SCHMIDT-PESEK-SLOVAK-PHILHARMONIC-ORCHESTRA/dp/B004717GKU/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1489664165&sr=1-1&keywords=B004717GKU

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Re: Forthcoming & New Releases 2017
« Reply #61 on: March 16, 2017, 11:39:17 AM »
After the M5, the Chicago Symphony/Abbado's M6 will soon be available in SACD:

http://www.hmv.co.jp/en/artist_Mahler-1860-1911_000000000019272/item_Sym-6-Abbado-Cso-Ltd_7723145

Like the M5, it is too expensive.

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Re: Forthcoming & New Releases 2017
« Reply #62 on: March 19, 2017, 06:43:59 AM »
That wasn't a bad M6 by any means. It's a tad slower but also heftier than the Berlin remake (or Lucerne on dvd, for that matter). Typical of the CSO, the brass outplayed the percussion in terms of volume - not something I necessarily want in M6.

To put that another way, I'm not impressed with the CSO percussion section on this recording. However, it's great that they got this onto one disc. Of more interest to me: I wonder if DG is also going to reissue this on their inexpensive Virtuoso series (?).
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Re: Forthcoming & New Releases 2017
« Reply #63 on: March 19, 2017, 07:44:55 PM »
Another one, this time from Czech Republic.

Libor Pešek's complete cycle with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra:

http://www.cnso.cz/EN/news/429/mahler_____complete_symphonies_.html

Gustav Mahler

Symphony No. 1 in D major "Titan" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AhM4-UjrwU)
Symphony No. 2 in C minor "Resurrection"
Symphony No. 3 in D minor
Symphony No. 4 in G major
Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor
Symphony No. 6 in A minor
Symphony No. 7 in E minor
Symphony No. 8 in E flat major
Symphony No. 9 in D major
Symphony No. 10 (Adagio)

Libor Pešek - conductor
Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Eva Urbanová - soprano (2, 8); Mieko Sato - soprano (4); Anna Chierichetti, Doriana Milazzo, Kateřina Kněžíková – sopranos (8); Dagmar Pecková – mezzo (3); Kateřina Jalovcová - alto (2, 3, 8); Yvona Škvárová - alto (8); Marcello Nardis – tenor (8); Gianfranco Montresor – baritone (8); Ondrej Mráz – bass (8); Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno (2, 8); Kühn Children‘s Choir (3); Kantiléna Children‘s Choir (8)

Recorded in Rudolfinum Prague, Municipal House, and Studio CNSO No. 1 "Gallery"
Recording Director: Sylva Smejkalová; Balance Engineer: Jan Kotzmann; Engineer Assistant: Čenda Kotzmann
Producers: Jan Hasenöhrl & Chikari Fujii
Coproduct recording by Victor Entertainment, Inc. & Czech National Symphony Orchestra

http://www.cnso.cz/EN/shop.html

The ones not living in Czech Republic but nevertheless interested in the Pesek complete cycle, can purchase it by contacting Jan HODOUSEK (hodousek@cnso.cz).

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Re: Forthcoming & New Releases 2017
« Reply #64 on: March 20, 2017, 07:31:54 AM »
Sounds like a pretty good M1 to me.  :)  It has a bigger bass drum roll at the end than what you hear on the highly touted Nezet-Seguin/BRSO one.

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Re: Forthcoming & New Releases 2017
« Reply #65 on: March 21, 2017, 10:00:31 AM »
OT "new" Release: Beethoven Complete String Quartets played by the Takacs Quartet in one box. At last.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beethoven-Complete-Quartets-Tak%C3%A1cs-Quartet/dp/B01N4MFPV0/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1490089713&sr=1-1&keywords=B01N4MFPV0

https://www.amazon.com/Beethoven-Complete-String-Quartets-Blu-Ray/dp/B01N4MFPV0/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1490089711&sr=1-1&keywords=B01N4MFPV0

https://www.amazon.fr/Beethoven-Complete-Quartets-Coffret-Blu-Ray/dp/B01N4MFPV0/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1490089822&sr=1-1&keywords=B01N4MFPV0
Other fabulous recordings by Takacs:

Bartok: Complete String Quartets (Decca, a classic)

Dohnanyi: Piano Quintet & Sextett (finally reissued in Decca Eloquence series, coupled with Kodaly's Second String Quartet played by Musikverein Quartet:

https://www.amazon.com/Dohnanyi-Quintet-Sextet-Kodaly-String/dp/B016CQZYSI/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1490090337&sr=1-1&keywords=B016CQZYSI

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dohnanyi-Quintet-Sextet-Kodaly-Quartet/dp/B016CQZYSI/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1490090298&sr=1-1&keywords=B016CQZYSI)

Dvorak: Piano Quintet (Decca)

Janacek: String Quartets, Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 (Hyperion, a reference recording of these beautiful works)

Schubert: String Quintet in C & Quarttetsatz in c (Hyperion)

Schubert: String Quartets "Death and the Maiden" & "Rosamunde" (Hyperion)

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Re: Forthcoming & New Releases 2017
« Reply #66 on: March 27, 2017, 06:18:52 PM »
John Barbirolli conducts Mahler's Symphonies Nos. 4, 5, 6 & Das Lied von der Erde:

http://www.hmv.co.jp/en/artist_Mahler-1860-1911_000000000019272/item_Symphonies-Nos-2-4-5-6-Das-Lied-von-der-Erde-John-Barbirolli-BBC-SO-Berlin-PO-Houston-SO-Halle-O-Kathleen-Ferrier-etc-1952-67-4CD_7725259

M4:

Heather · Harper (soprano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Recording: January 3, 1967 (live, stereo; previously released in BBC Legend series)

M5:

Houston Symphony Orchestra
Recording: Carnegie Hall (live) on March 24, 1966

M6:

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Recording: January 1966 (live; previously released on Testament)

Das Lied von der Erde:

Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Richard Lewis (tenor)
Halle Orchestra
Recording: April 1952 (live; previously released by APR)

I did not know the Houston/Barbirolli's M5.

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Re: Forthcoming & New Releases 2017
« Reply #67 on: April 04, 2017, 06:46:58 PM »
As it has been noted elsewhere in this forum, two new recordings of Das Lied von der Erde conducted by J. Nott are going to be released in a few weeks:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mahler-Roberto-Stephen-Bamberger-Symphoniker/dp/B01MY5F6PQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1487249179&sr=1-1&keywords=B01MY5F6PQ

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mahler-Das-Lied-Von-Erde/dp/B01MZZXR1G/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1487249193&sr=1-1&keywords=B01MZZXR1G

Originally, Kaufmann was scheduled to sing all, to conduct, to play the tam-tam (while singing) and the flute's solos (recorded separately) in the Abschied, but then it was opted for a conductor and for the Vienna Philharmonic's percussionist and first flute.

Bye,
GL

PS. Of course, I was kidding about Kaufmann's original schedule.

The Guardian's review about Kaufman's Das Lied:

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde CD review – Jonas Kaufmann delivers a real disappointment

In an interview that serves as the sleeve notes for his recording, Jonas Kaufmann describes his first encounter as a student with Das Lied von der Erde, in the classic recording conducted by Otto Klemperer. Kaufmann says he immediately tried to emulate Klemperer’s incomparable soloist Fritz Wunderlich in the three tenor songs, but doesn’t reveal whether at that stage he thought he could sing the three other numbers too, which Mahler designated for either a contralto or a baritone. (It’s Christa Ludwig, still unsurpassed, on the Klemperer recording.) Yet here he is tackling all six, in a recording taken from concerts in the Vienna Musikverein last June.

Performances with a baritone rather than a mezzo or contralto as the second soloist appear to have become more common over the last decade, following the example set half a century ago by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Thomas Hampson and Christian Gerhaher, in particular, have showed how effective a second male voice can be. But though Kaufmann’s voice is regularly described as having baritonal qualities, he is not, at this stage in his career at any rate, a true baritone, and there are moments in all three of the contralto songs when he seems to be struggling to muster enough weight of tone to support the vocal line. Parts of the final Abschied are almost crooned, and the repeated closing “Ewig” is virtually toneless.

It’s a triumph of hubris over sound musical judgment, which does nothing for the tonal contrasts between the songs that Mahler carefully built into the work, and has a serious effect on Kaufmann’s performance of the three tenor numbers too. They are a gruelling test for any singer, let alone one who is allowing himself no respite during the other numbers, and even in the opening Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde, there’s none of the effortless power, the sense of the voice surfing over the surging orchestral textures, that the greatest interpreters achieve. It all becomes a bit of a struggle.

A real disappointment, then, which isn’t helped by the rather routine orchestral contributions of the Vienna Philharmonic under Jonathan Nott. At best, this is an interesting experiment that really shouldn’t have been enshrined on disc.

Andrew Clements

(https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/mar/29/mahler-das-lied-von-der-erde-cd-review-jonas-kaufmann-sony-classical)

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Re: Forthcoming & New Releases 2017
« Reply #68 on: April 04, 2017, 09:50:34 PM »
"and the repeated closing “Ewig” is virtually toneless"    .    .    . 

I'm not disputing what the reviewer says, but it should be noted that are ZERO crescendos for the singer in the last minute or so of the work. "Ewig" is marked pp, then ppp the last time (pianissimo, and triple piano). All of this is often times waaaay over-sung.

Also, "hubris" is one of those soft "h" words that generally means nothing in the context that most writers use it in, and it has absolutely no place in a review about "Das Lied von der Erde". The Venezuelan government and their actions towards their musicians (whom they feel threatened by): that's hubris!

I have trouble trusting a reviewer who accuses a record company of "hubris" when their decisions are based simply on the hopes of actually selling something - however misguided those hopes might be. Let's also throw in the other soft "h" word that says absolutely nothing: "hegemony".

If you want to sound erudite and insightful while also displaying no guts, reach for the soft "h" words. George Carlin would turn in his grave.

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Re: Forthcoming & New Releases 2017
« Reply #69 on: April 18, 2017, 06:06:46 PM »
Mahler's Eight Symphony

Ricarda Merbeth soprano
Juliane Banse soprano
Anna Lucia Richter soprano
Sara Mingardo contralto
Mihoko Fujimura contralto
Andreas Schager tenor
Peter Mattei baritone
Samuel Youn bass

Bavarian Radio Choir
Latvian Radio Choir
Orfeón Donostiarra
Tölz Boys' Choir

Lucerne Festival Orchestra

Riccardo Chailly.

Recorded at the KKL - Lucerne Festival Hall (Lucerne, Switzerland), on August 14, 2016

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0NMj89TLes)

DVD & Blu-ray versions (Accentus Music) available in May:

https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B071CKFXCP/ref=sr_1_3?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1492538583&sr=1-3&keywords=%E3%83%9E%E3%83%BC%E3%83%A9%E3%83%BC

https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B06ZYRFCCM/ref=sr_1_4?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1492538583&sr=1-4&keywords=%E3%83%9E%E3%83%BC%E3%83%A9%E3%83%BC

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Re: Forthcoming & New Releases 2017
« Reply #70 on: April 18, 2017, 06:49:56 PM »
I watched this on Youtube and found it to be quite inferior to his Leipzig dvd - even from Chailly's conducting standpoint. I wonder if it needed more rehearsal time.

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Re: Forthcoming & New Releases 2017
« Reply #71 on: April 19, 2017, 01:11:52 PM »
Thanks for the heads up, GL and Barry!
I think I'll check it out anyway...  ;)

Freddy

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Re: Forthcoming & New Releases 2017
« Reply #72 on: April 20, 2017, 06:07:20 PM »
Thanks for the heads up, GL and Barry!
I think I'll check it out anyway...  ;)

Freddy

I think that the concert on DVD/Blu-ray won't be exactly the same as the one broadcast by ARTE (and uploaded on youtube-see the link I provided). I mean, I was present at the Mahler's Ninth with Abbado in Luzern (2010) and I clearly spotted some mistakes that I spotted again watching the ARTE broadcast of the same concert but not in the Blu-ray release.

Anyway, considering the Leipzig and the Luzern versions of Chailly's M8, I think the Luzern one superior in the singers department and inferior in the orchestral one, but both are surclassed by the Concertgebouw Orchestra's one (on CD).

Concerning the Leipzig DVD/Blu-ray cycle, M1 was recorded and broadcast, so it will be probably released. M3 was due to be recorded last December, but Chailly cancelled for health reasons and Andris Nelsons stepped in to save the day. Nevertheless, just a few days later, Chailly was conducting in Milan... It looks like that something went wrong between Chailly and Gewandhaus Orchestra and it is really a pity.

Luca

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Re: Forthcoming & New Releases 2017
« Reply #73 on: April 20, 2017, 06:18:50 PM »
I know that Kazuo Yamada (1912-1991, not to be confounded with Kazuki Yamada), conductor and chairman of the Japan Mahler Society, kept alive a Mahler tradition in Japan, but I do not know with what results.

For the ones more adventurous than me and interested in investigating the activity of Kazuo Yamada, a M4 played by the Kanegawa Philharmonic Orchestra (recorded in 1986) will be released soon:

http://www.hmv.co.jp/en/artist_Mahler-1860-1911_000000000019272/item_Mahler-Symphony-No-4-Mozart-Divertimento-K-136-Brahms-Kazuo-Yamada-Kanagawa-Philharmonic-Yukie-Okura-S_7775096

A M5 (with the NHK Symphony Orchestra) and a M9 (with the New Japan Philharmonic) are just available:

http://www.hmv.co.jp/en/artist_Mahler-1860-1911_000000000019272/item_Mahler-Symphony-No-5-Mozart-Symphonies-Nos-38-41-Kazuo-Yamada-NHK-Symphony-Orchestra-1985-1990-Stereo_7272844

http://www.hmv.co.jp/en/artist_Mahler-1860-1911_000000000019272/item_Symphony-No-9-Kazuo-Yamada-New-Japan-Philharmonic-1986-2CD_4159212

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Re: Forthcoming & New Releases 2017
« Reply #74 on: April 20, 2017, 08:26:44 PM »
Thank you as always. Good info.

 

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