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Symfonieën - Verschenen op 19 juli 2019 | London Philharmonic Orchestra

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 7 juni 2019 | Accentus Music

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In an important moment, the great interpreter of Anton Bruckner’s symphonies for Eternal Records (the ethereal symphonies nos. 4 and 7 in Dresden during the seventies, the subtle Symphony No. 6 in San Francisco with Decca, all those with Gewandhaus during his years with Querstand), Herbert Blomstedt returns to head the Bamberger Symphoniker with a 9th by Mahler. But there seems to be something up here. Blomstedt seems to have concentrated his efforts on all that is intrinsically ‘new’ in Mahler’s sonic universe. Blomstedt has stripped back the instrumentals, accusing some of being “ugly” or out of place. He has put emphasis on the harshness of the writing and the explosive character of the changes between string, brass and woodwind parts (Im Tempo eines gemàchlichen Ländlers); even the lyricism has gone under the knife (the central episode of Rono-Burleske). What’s going on? Where are we being taken? We are clearly at the conception of a completely new world here in which the tempos carry a feeling of moderation throughout the symphony and allow one to live, intensely, in the moment: the end of Rondo-Burleske acts as an initial cataclysm. The symphony could have come to an end here but it is followed by the enormous 20-minute-long Adagio postlude in which one asks if it could possibly get more sad or morbid. The colors dull, the tones themselves inexorably fade and the polyphonic layers die down. Emotions fly. With this 9th, recorded in June 2018 in the Joseph-Keilberth-Saal of the Bamberg Konzerthalle, Herbert Blomstedt returns to deliver true Mahler: the abstract. Love is mystical, cosmic and human. It is without hope. Bruckner’s 19th Century is blown away. Fascinating. © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 25 januari 2019 | Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 25 januari 2019 | Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 9 januari 2019 | Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 9 januari 2019 | Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 9 januari 2019 | Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 9 januari 2019 | Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

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Symfonieën - Verschenen op 26 oktober 2018 | Sony Classical

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Editor's Choice
With Symphony No.6 in A Minor "Tragic" written in 1904 (the title, for once, is not a publisher's gimmick, but was indeed given by Mahler in the programme for the first performance in Vienna in 1906), Mahler almost returns to the classical symphony format; we find more voices in the score (a technique that he had already used in No. 5) and a four-movement structure (whereas No. 5 was articulated in five movements thrown into three "parts", with the absence of a programme or philosophical content). Admittedly, the orchestra remains huge, with four woodwinds, eight horns, and six trumpets, not to mention an impressive arsenal of percussion instruments including alpine bells, hammer and xylophone, which he never used elsewhere; in this respect, Mahler contributed to putting an end to the late romantic trend of gigantic works for titanic orchestras. It must be said that the last movement, which lasts at least half an hour, is of a truly tragic expression with its indelible darkness. This frightened the critics, who found the work somewhat bloated. It is therefore up to the conductor to make the score as transparent as possible, the contrapuntal lines readable and the orchestral colours perceptible through the orchestral immensity. Equipped with his MusicAeterna, Teorod Currentzis embarks on the adventure. © SM/Qobuz
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 7 september 2018 | Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 8 juni 2018 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Symfonieën - Verschenen op 6 april 2018 | BIS

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 16 maart 2018 | Sony Classical

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 16 maart 2018 | Sony Classical

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 23 februari 2018 | PentaTone

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Gustavo Gimeno has been musical director of the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra since 2015. It was around Autumn 2016 that Pentatone announced a series of recordings - technically magnificent, as is par for the course with the Polyhymnia International engineers, who are tending the flame of the old Philips label - for which the Luxembourgeois phalanx was conducted at the Concertgebouw by Mariss Jansons's former assistant. In recent months, the graphically-sparse series has already kicked off its releases with an album from Bruckner (with some very rare pieces); Shostakovich (with the First) and Ravel (Daphnis et Chloé). Today, Pentatone has published Mahler's Fourth, teeming with details, broadly coloured with bucolic lyricism. © 2018 Théodore Grantet/Qobuz
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 17 november 2017 | MUNCHNER PHILHARMONIKER GBR

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Gramophone Editor's Choice
The Munich Philharmonic and Sergiu Celibidache share an exceptional legacy. He started his work as principal conductor in 1979 and remained in this position for as long as 17 years. Sergiu Celibidache played an integral part in making the Munich Philharmonic what it is today: an orchestra of worldwide renown. Today the Munich Philharmonic is critically acclaimed internationally with hopelessly sold out concerts in Munich and the world. On their recently launched label MPHIL, the Munich Philharmonic is opening up its vast archives, giving listeners the opportunity to enjoy one of the richest collections of recordings by legendary artists. Because of the Celibidache era and its part in forming the core essence of the orchestra, this first MPHIL physical archive release consists of two recordings under the baton of Maestro Celibidache. The chosen repertoire on the album is Gustav Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, recorded 30 June 1983 at the Herkulessaal der Residenz, Munich and Richard Strauss’ Tod und Verklärung, recorded on 17 February 1979 also at the Herkulessaal der Residenz, Munich. For a long time, Tod und Verklärung was the most popular of Richard Strauss’s early tone poems. It contains a wide range of memorable motifs subtly differentiated with the result that its music recurs whenever there is mention of death or transfiguration in Strauss’ later output. Together with the innocent tone and positively artificial naïveté of the poems that attracted Gustav Mahler as a composer and prompted him to compose the Kindertotenlieder, this thoughtfully curated pairing creates an altogether intimate character while revealing an astonishing wealth of colours. Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder feature German mezzo-soprano Brigitte Fassbaender, who holds the prestigious title “Kammersängerin” from the Bavarian State Opera and the Vienna State Opera.
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Symfonieën - Verschenen op 29 september 2017 | MUNCHNER PHILHARMONIKER GBR

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 4 étoiles de Classica - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
Gustav Mahler and the Munich Philharmonic share a very special connection. As a composer he sustainably linked the 19th century Austro-German tradition and the modernism of the early 20th century. The world premiere of his Symphony No. 4 took place under his baton on 25 November 1901 in Munich’s Großen Kaim-Saal with the then called Kaim-Orchester, present day Munich Philharmonic. His works have been a substantial part of the Munich Philharmonic’s core repertoire ever since and the orchestra has excelled on many occasions. After the MPHIL release of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in September 2016 now follows the release of the Symphony No. 4 with which the orchestra’s history is so closely intertwined. The live concert recording released on this album took place at the Philharmonie im Gasteig in Munich, the orchestra’s home, with Salzburg soprano Genia Kuehmeier. Valery Gergiev has paid the Austro-German repertoire particular attention throughout his career, which ignited a lasting fascination for Gustav Mahler. Over recent decades he has continued to explore the Austro-German repertoire, garnering adulation, especially for his interpretations of Wagner, Strauss, Mahler and Bruckner – music that is at the very heart of the Munich Philharmonic’s repertoire. © Warner Classics
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 1 juli 1996 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 7 april 2017 | Sony Classical

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 7 april 2015 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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