Klaus Tennstedt: The Complete Mahler Recordings Box set
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Klaus Tennstedt - The Complete Mahler Recordings . Release Date: 06/07/2011 . Label: EMI Classics . Catalog #: 94493 . Spars Code: DDD . Composer: Gustav Mahler . Performer: Doris Soffel, Edith Mathis, Ortrun Wenkel, Lucia Popp, ... Conductor: Klaus Tennstedt . Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Choir, Southend Boys Choir, ... Number of Discs: 16 . Works on This Recording: 1. Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan" Written: 1888/1896 2. Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection" Written: 1888/1896; Germany 3. Symphony no 3 in D minor Written: 1893-1896; Hamburg, Germany 4. Symphony no 4 in G major Written: 1892-1900; Vienna, Austria 5. Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria Date of Recording: 1979 6. Symphony no 6 in A minor "Tragic" Written: 1904/1906; Austria Date of Recording: 1983 7. Symphony no 7 in E minor Written: 1904-1905; Vienna, Austria Date of Recording: 1980 8. Symphony no 8 in E flat major "Symphony of A Thousand" Written: 1906; Vienna, Austria 9. Symphony no 9 in D major Written: 1908-1909; Austria 10. Symphony no 10 in F sharp minor/major: 1st movement, Adagio Written: 1910; Austria 11. Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria Date of Recording: 1988 12. Das Lied von der Erde Performer: Agnes Baltsa (Alto), Klaus König (Tenor) Conductor: Klaus Tennstedt Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra Period: Romantic Written: 1908-1909; Vienna, Austria Language: German 13. Symphony no 7 in E minor Conductor: Klaus Tennstedt Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra Period: Romantic Written: 1904-1905; Vienna, Austria 14. Symphony no 6 in A minor "Tragic" Conductor: Klaus Tennstedt Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra Period: Romantic Written: 1904/1906; Austria
Top Customer Reviews
This one is a no-brainer, get it for a very special experience! I'd probably go as far as saying that if you ever wanted one cycle only, this would be it. (Well, apart maybe from adding Symphony No. 9 with Bernstein and the Berlin Philharmonic, which is a class of its own.) This is far better than the already excellent Rattle/Birmingham cycle or Rattle's latest instalments with the Berlin Philharmonic. They are worlds apart and I'd give Tennstedt my preference.
If you are looking for a fine introduction to Mahler then this set should fit the bill nicely. The performances in my opinion are never less than very good as is the recorded sound. If you are looking to add this cycle to your current Mahler collection then be quick before it's deleted. Given that it also contains Tennstedt's live recordings of No. 5,6 & 7 it is bound to prove popular with Mahler collectors. As is the norm these days, the discs come in a space saving cardboard clam shell box so that you have more shelf-space for adding to your Mahler collection. It is a highly recommended package, so make some space in your collection beside the Chailly, Solti, Rattle and Bernstein.
Tennstedt's Mahler is of the old school; no "Mahler lite" here. The word which repeatedly came into my head while listening was "majestic". His tempi are indeed often slow but by no means necessarily the slowest in comparison with other successful versions and his sense of the music's architecture invariably means that he eschews any tendency to drag. The quality most associated with his interpretation is massiveness, a sense of great blocks of sound being manipulated into position to form a mighty edifice.
This studio cycle was recorded over a period of nine years from 1977 to 1986 and I would say right away that the sound is remarkably good. At first sight, EMI's decision to remaster only some symphonies is puzzling but in fact is quite straightforward: only those symphonies recorded in analogue between 1977 and 1981 have been deemed in need of remastering, which was done between 2000 and 2002 - with the exception of no. 2, which was recorded in very early digital in 1981 and thus presumably too glassy or in some way unsatisfactory owing to inexperience with the technology. Otherwise, the remaining nos. 4, 6, 7, 8 and "Das Lied von der Erde" and the three live recordings of no. 5, from 1988, no. 6, from 1991 and no. 7,from 1993, were all recorded in digital sound and EMI have presumably deemed it unnecessary to remaster them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a bargain of bargains with one and a half Mahler cycles for very little money indeed.
Having collected all the Mahler symphonies bit by bit with multiple... Read more
I'm a relative newbie to classical music. If I'm learning one thing it's that you just can't get a handle on a composer like Mahler based on a few casual listens. Read morePublished 3 months ago by L36TOS10
At little more than £1 per CD this is an out-and-out bargain. Tennstedt lived for Mahler.Published 5 months ago by Mark Hayward
Perfection?No.but what is? This comes pretty close for the dedicated Mahlerian.Tennstedt had an affinity with Mahler,as these recordings prove. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Music Lover
I bought this set mainly for 6&7 the works I used to have on lp. It was cheaper to get the complete set than the 3 or 4 symphonies I wanted! No. Read morePublished on 13 Feb. 2014 by Steve S
Pucker box and more CDs worth than I expected by far. I am still ploughing through these albums making various comparisons between the live and studio sessions.Published on 12 May 2013 by A. F. B. Pearce