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Mahler: Symphony No.1/Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (DG The Originals) [CD]

Dietrich Fischer Dieskau, Rafael Kubelik Audio CD
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  • Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
  • Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Rafael Kubelík
  • Composer: Gustav Mahler
  • Audio CD (14 Oct 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: The Originals
  • ASIN: B000001GX9
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,468 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Mahler: Symphony No.1 In D - 1. Langsam. SchleppendRafael Kubelik14:33£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Mahler: Symphony No.1 In D - 2. Kräftig bewegtRafael Kubelik 7:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Mahler: Symphony No.1 In D - 3. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppenRafael Kubelik10:36£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Mahler: Symphony No.1 In D - 4. Stürmisch bewegtRafael Kubelik17:38£2.29  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen - Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit machtDietrich Fischer-Dieskau 4:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen - Ging heut' morgen übers FeldDietrich Fischer-Dieskau 4:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen - Ich hab' ein glühend MesserDietrich Fischer-Dieskau 3:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen - Die zwei blauen Augen von meinem SchatzDietrich Fischer-Dieskau 5:12£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Here is a delightful coupling: Mahler's First Symphony and the song cycle that donated many of its themes to the larger work. Best of all, both performances are superb. Rafael Kubelik is the dark horse among Mahler conductors. His interpretations are always fresh, unforced and seemingly without exaggeration. However, he knows how to build a climax, and his generally swift tempos never permit a minute's boredom. There are many moments to cherish in his performance of the symphony, not least the delicious woodwind playing and the tangy trumpets in the third movement's Fiddler on the Roof music. Reissued at mid-price in excellently remastered sound--better than most new digitals in many respects--this is a performance that remains one of the best, and as a coupling it is unbeatable. --David Hurwitz

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect 1! 5 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This successful coupling fits not only the 1:st symphony but also the song cycle that Mahler later used countless themes from for his first three symphonies; "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen". Kubelik chooses relatively swift tempos - ensuring excitement and cunningly avoiding any negative side of swiftness: the dreaded "rushing". In some aspects, Kubelik could be considered an outsider among Mahler conductors with a conducting style that sometimes are the exact opposite of many contemporary conductors. His fresh and uncomplicated interpretation is often very obvious but nevertheless brilliantly powerful. This midprice CD is remastered and very well remastered indeed with all analogue pros in a digital setting. In short, a very nice coupling!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very fine recording, but it could be cheaper... 16 Sep 2001
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Format:Audio CD
This is an excellent recording of the first, and I like it immensely. Kubelik elicits some wonderfully open sounds from the BRSO, and the joyful moments in the symphony shine out.
HOWEVER, if you overlook the nice "DG Originals" packaging, you can get the exact same recording on "DG Classikon" for £2 cheaper. Its just above this entry...
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5.0 out of 5 stars My introduction to Mahler 31 Dec 2012
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It is now 32 since I first purchased Kubelik's recording of Mahler's 1st Symphony and after a very long gap (and having listened to many other fine recordings of this work) I am listening to it again.

It has always been held in high esteem but was made at a time when very few leading conductors were recording Mahler. The field was not large. Now there must be in excess of 100 recordings to choose from so why choose this one?

Listening to this again, I enjoy the very natural sense of momentum and sense of journey and control that Kubelik has in this music. There is excitement aplenty in this music but there is also delicacy and gentleness - Kubelik must be the 'musical' Mahlerian ever. If you want brash primary colours and maybe a bit of 'klezmer' vulgarity in the 3rd movement, then go for someone like Bernstein or Solti. However if you value the other qualities described above, you won't be disappointed.

The recording quality is perhaps a little dry but it does enable the listener to register plenty of inner detail and to marvel at Mahler's skill as an orchestrator.

The symphony is coupled with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau's recording of Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. This is an apt coupling as the symphony uses material the Mahler used in the songs. This is a very good recording but it is not as hair raising as his previous recording with Furtwangler.

Highly recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mahler symphony No 1 18 Jan 2010
By Doug
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I had an old recording of this symphony from the 1960s which effectively put me off Mahler for years. Despite gradually coming to him via other works this remained of limits until I attended a concert (BBC SSO) where it was positively magical. This may or may not be the best recording available but it is pretty good and has continued the rescuing of Mahler for me.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Review 23 Jan 2006
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I purchased this assuming that it was the best recording around. It gets fantastic reviews and is the recommended recording. However, although it may have some strenghts e.g: the balance is very good and every instrument is heard, it was a disappoinment when I first listened to it - and still is. My preferred version would be the Abbado with the Berlin Phil, it is taken a little slower in areas like the start (which Kubelik rushes so much it loses its depth and becomes just surface music) and the climaxes (Kubelik makes them feel like bars are missing). Kubelik's lacks depth and feeling throughout, as well as dynamic contrast, grandeur, and swagger at appropriate times. Kubelik's is very bland without the blend of styles which apear in Abbado's version.
When composing Mahler said a symphony should encompass the world and I believe this symphony is a product of that thinking. It opens almost like the start to Wagner's Das Rheingold, opening an entire world up to the listener. Then the two middle movements show different corners of the globe before a final struggle and climax in the finale.
To conclude, if you like Mahler to be plain, 2D, and just surface music then buy this. However, if you want depth, contrast, swagger, and grandeour opening up a new world, then buy another version like Abbado or similar.
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