Qobuz’s experts gather all the essentials of each genre. These albums have marked music history and become major landmarks.

With the Ideal Discography you (re)discover legendary recordings, all whilst building on your musical knowledge.

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Symphonies - Released January 1, 2010 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 1972 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1967 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2010 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Symphonic Music - Released June 8, 2009 | LPO

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By nature shy and retiring, Klaus Tennstedt was a reluctant celebrity, and his international career in the last quarter of the twentieth century must have seemed utterly incredible to him. Yet as introverted and introspective as Tennstedt was, it doesn't seem at all obvious in this 1983 concert recording of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 6 in A minor, "Tragic," for this is one of the conductor's most extroverted, aggressive, and potent performances. The symphony itself is an imposing work with tremendous auditory impact and emotional intensity, so it usually leaves a powerful impression, even when the performers are not quite up to the task. However, Tennstedt and the London Philharmonic Orchestra are in the best possible form here, and their vigorous attacks, energetic pacing, volatile dynamics, and explosive climaxes make this performance not merely impressive, but compelling, terrifying, soul-stirring, and ultimately, cathartic. Following the published score, Tennstedt orders the middle movements with the Scherzo first, followed by the Andante moderato, which makes better sense in the symphony's harmonic scheme than Mahler's later, second-guessed ordering of Andante moderato and Scherzo, which younger conductors today seem to have adopted en masse in the presumed interests of historicity. With programmable players, the listener may choose to order these movements either way, but in the case of this recording, such a change is not advised, because Tennstedt clearly intended to create an expressive continuity that becomes apparent when the brutality of the first movement and the mockery of the Scherzo dissolve into the slow movement's haunting lamentation, only to reemerge in the devastating Finale. BBC's CD releases of Tennstedt's concerts are not always consistent in audio quality, undoubtedly because of variable recording conditions, but this double-disc has vivid sonorities and close-up presence, surrounded by the lively acoustics of the Royal Albert Hall. So in terms of interpretation, performance, and sound, this magnificent recording has it all, and is required listening for all Mahler aficionados.
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Symphonic Music - Released February 3, 2009 | Berlin Classics

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Classical - Released January 28, 2009 | Berlin Classics

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Classical - Released June 24, 2002 | Sony Classical

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There is a special relationship between the music of Mahler and the New York Philharmonic. Mahler directed the orchestra in 1909, and his protégé Bruno Walter became principal conductor in 1947. Leonard Bernstein was Walter's assistant and a great proponent of Mahler's music, recording all of the symphonies in the 1960s. The Sixth Symphony was called "the only Sixth symphony despite Beethoven's 'Pastorale'" by composer Alban Berg. Oddly, the work never was very popular with audiences and didn't receive its American premiere until 1947. The work is scored for an enormous orchestra, with exotic percussion that includes cowbells, xylophone, chimes, and celesta. Mahler also asked for "a short, powerful, heavy-sounding blow of un-metallic quality, like the stroke of an axe." This "axe blow" is a dramatic effect used in the work's finale that enhances the work's sense of doom. Bernstein captures every ounce of drama in the work. His reading is devastating in its cumulative power. This music tells a tale of suffering, and thus makes heavy demands on the listener, but it ultimately provides sublime catharsis.
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Classical - Released January 1, 2001 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 1963 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 1986 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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