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Mahler: Symphony 9, Kindertotelieder, Ruckert Lieder [CD]

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic
  • Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
  • Composer: Gustav Mahler
  • Audio CD (23 Sep 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GY6
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,805 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.9 In D - 1. Andante comodoBerliner Philharmoniker29:11Album Only
Listen  2. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.9 In D - 2. Im Tempo eines gemächlichen Ländler. Etwas täppisch und sehr derb - Poco più mosso subito - Ländler, ganz langsamBerliner Philharmoniker16:47Album Only
Listen  3. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.9 In D - 3. Rondo. Burleske (Allegro assai. Sehr trotzig - Presto)Berliner Philharmoniker13:16Album Only

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.9 In D - 4. Adagio (Sehr langsam)Berliner Philharmoniker26:44Album Only
Listen  2. Gustav Mahler: Kindertotenlieder - Nun will die Sonn' so hell aufgeh'nChrista Ludwig 6:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Gustav Mahler: Kindertotenlieder - Nun seh' ich wohl, warum so dunkle FlammenChrista Ludwig 5:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Gustav Mahler: Kindertotenlieder - Wenn dein MütterleinChrista Ludwig 5:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Gustav Mahler: Kindertotenlieder - Oft denk' ich, sie sind nur ausgegangenChrista Ludwig 3:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Gustav Mahler: Kindertotenlieder - In diesem WetterChrista Ludwig 5:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Gustav Mahler: Rückert-Lieder - Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommenChrista Ludwig 7:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Gustav Mahler: Rückert-Lieder - Liebst du um SchönheitChrista Ludwig 2:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Gustav Mahler: Rückert-Lieder - Blicke mir nicht in die LiederChrista Ludwig 1:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Gustav Mahler: Rückert-Lieder - Ich atmet' einen linden DuftChrista Ludwig 2:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Gustav Mahler: Rückert-Lieder - Um MitternachtChrista Ludwig 6:03£0.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description

DGG 4530402; DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON - Germania; Classica Orchestrale

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I finally decided to buy this CD (on after 30 years of listening to it on LP. The only choice for me is between this and the live recording that Karajan made 2 years later Mahler: Symphony No.9 that I also bought recently. There are other excellent recordings (like Abbado's 1987 recording with the Vienna PO), but for emotional sentimentality, none touch me so much as Karajan's.

Although the live recording is generally recommended the most highly, there is something about this studio recording that makes me want to keep listening to it. I accept that there are some imperfections in the inner two movements which are slightly chaotic in places, but in some way, this even adds to the rough atmosphere of the somewhat manic Landler and burlesque Rondo!

The Finale is perhaps the movement that really sets this apart from the others. There is a searing intensity in the strings that is somehow lost in the live recording. It's almost as if Karajan concentrates the hardest in his first effort, while 2 years later it is much easier for him, and the performance becomes more polished but less heart-felt.

My advice is to judge for yourself and buy both the studio and the live recording. The music is so moving that one never tires of it, and comparing them makes for a good excuse to listen more often.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime!! 29 Mar 2009
By Scriabinmahler TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This stereo recording can not match Karajan's later live performance of the 9th, but still sounds pretty impressive compared to many dull performances of our time. Karajan certainly knows how to draw the luxurious sound from orchestra and to brings out awe-inspiring inner beauty and sublimity of the music.

If you are after more profound performance of 9th, I recommend Karajan's Live version on DG, alonside Giulini, Maderna, Bertini, Svetlanov and Horenstein's powerfully moving performances, not to forget James Levine's super-profound account on RCA.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Seoras
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"The Best of Soeur Sourire": I'd like to have got the CD of the original Singing Nun, but it was too expensive. The one thing missing from the Shetland Fiddles CD was the iconic "Hens' March ower da Midden",otherwise I'd have given it 5 stars. Mahler's 9th Symphony: I've been looking for this version of the Mahler 9th since that ill-fated day that I put a scratch on Side 2 of my treasured vynil version! All I need now is an indisturbed hour and a half to enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Karajan's Mahler, this one's a winner 3 July 2000
By Ray Barnes - Published on
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Of all of Karajan's recordings of Mahler's symphonies, the ones that have received the highest praise have been his two accounts of the Ninth, and some feel the latter live performance of these is the better. I have not heard that recording, but can recommend the first one offered here. In comparison to his 5th, this account of the 9th is perhaps a bit more controlled and emotionally restrained, and Karajan's reading does not allow Mahler to, so to speak, wear his heart on his sleeve. It is close in tempo and interpretation to Haitink's famous record with the Concertgebouw, and has a slightly brisker tempo than Klemperer with the Philharmonia. It is not as aggressive or forward in sound as the Solti 9th, although a case could be made that Solti's approach comes closer to the letter of the score. In comparison to Barbirolli's wonderful performance with the BPO, the Karajan has better sound but not better playing - maybe not even as good in the woodwind in fact. The strings in both performance are very beautiful, and the superior sound gives the Karajan an advantage here. The inner movements could be a bit more incisive in rythmic pointing, but they still work well. The outer movements are slow but not excessively so.
Christa Ludwig's performances of the Kindertotenlieder and 5 Ruckert Lieder, previously coupled with Karajan's reading of Mahler's 6th Symphony, remain outstanding, and she receives excellent support from the orchestra.
The documentation is excellent too and at medium price this can be recommended. I still like the Solti 9th best of all (although the interpretation has not received unaminous praise), because the CSO's playing is in a class of its own, and is superbly recorded.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Karajan at his best 19 July 2001
By jhorro - Published on
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This is the third version I have owned of this work - the others involved Solti in Chicago and Dohnanyi in Cleveland. Karajan is in his element with this music. Dohnanyi's version brought out the chamber qualities, which did not exist in Solti's extrovert account. Karajan knows how to shape the larger structures, without masking the detail. I became displeased with the other versions not long ago - they simply wore out. Even after a couple years, the Karajan is still an emotional experience for me. In the last movement, one can feel the pressure of the great Berlin orchestra trying to meet the vision of their conductor. And that sums up its success. I noticed that the reviewer mentioned a missed entry in one of the movements. This will not stop you from finding pleasure in the reading and relishing the experience again and again.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great but could have been better. 19 Jun 2000
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Karajan does a fine job conducting in all of his Mahler recordings (Oddly, he only recorded 4,5,6, and the 9th twice). In this recording, the strings are terrific, especially in the Adagio. The brass players shine throughout, especially the horns. The only reason why I gave this recording four stars is because of some sloppy playing by the auxiliary woodwind players (especially the contrabasson and e-flat clarinet). The recording sound is excellent, even better, in my opinion, than Karajan's live recording done a few years later. As for that live recording, I really don't understand what the big deal is. Karajan is much more expressive and the playing is somewhat better in this earlier recording. For those who love this music, this is a must.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the live recording! 4 Sep 2002
By Brian Lee - Published on
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I recently heard the live recording of the Ninth and believe that the former is superlative. There is no background noise, of course, and there is much more control and precision. This Ninth seems to embrace more wholly the spiritual content of the piece, and additionally, the lieder is included for half the price of the live recording. There is no reason why one would not select this over the other.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a couple of Mahler's most drammatic works 4 Nov 2005
By Sungu Okan - Published on
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This collection includes Mahler's "farewell symphony", 9th played amazing by Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of Karajan. This is the sudio rec., he made a live recording later, but I think this studio rec. is more powerful and impressive. Especially the first movement is excellent. As you know, Alban Berg called to Mahler as "The God of Music" and Berg admire especially that 1st movement. He described that's the last moments of a hero and death suddenly comes! and he arrives to grave, to peace forever... It is a farewell as well as for his wife, Alma... And the third famous Rondo-Burleske is a pursuit of the devil! It is such a whirling, flamboyant music..

There are two gems: Kindertotenlieder and Rückert-Lieder, both beautifully sung by Christa Ludwig. Especially when you listen Kindertotenlieder, wou may be weep... That's may be the most drammatic songs in the history of music.

This is includes the complete texts of lieder, even so.

Highly recommended for any Mahler admirer or music lovers.
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