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Mahler: Complete Symphonies Nos 1-9 (Decca Collectors Edition) Box set

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  • Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Georg Solti
  • Composer: Gustav Mahler
  • Audio CD (5 Nov. 1991)
  • Collector's Edition edition
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: London
  • ASIN: B0000041Z6
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,258 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. 1. Langsam. Schleppend
  2. 2. Kräftig bewegt
  3. 3. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen
  4. 4. Stürmisch bewegt
  5. 1. Allegro maestoso. Mit durchaus ernstem und feierlichem Ausdruck

Disc: 2

  1. 2. Andante moderato. Sehr gemächlich
  2. 3. Scherzo: In ruhig fliessender Bewegung
  3. 4. "O Röschen rot! Der Mensch liegt in grösster Not!" (Sehr feierlich aber schlicht) Text from Des Knaben Wunderhorn: "Urlicht" - Mira Zakai, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti
  4. 5. Im Tempo des Scherzo - Langsam misterioso - Chicago Symphony Chorus, Mira Zakai, Isobel Buchanan, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti

Disc: 3

  1. 1. Kräftig. Entscheiden
  2. 2. Tempo di minuetto. Sehr mäßig
  3. 3. Comodo. Scherzando. Ohne Hast
  4. 4. Sehr langsam. Misterioso: "O Mensch! Gib acht!" 'O Mensch! Gib acht' - Helga Dernesch, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti
  5. 5. Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck: "Bimm Bamm. Es sungen drei Engel" - Helga Dernesch, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Womens Chorus, Glen Ellyn Childrens Chorus, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti

Disc: 4

  1. 6. Langsam. Ruhevoll. Empfunden
  2. 1. Bedächtig. Nicht eilen - Recht gemächlich
  3. 2. In gemächlicher Bewegung. Ohne Hast
  4. 3. Ruhevoll (Poco adagio)
  5. 4. Sehr behaglich: "Wir genießen die himmlischen Freuden" - Kiri Te Kanawa, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti

Disc: 5

  1. 1. Trauermarsch (In gemessenem Schritt. Streng. Wie ein Kondukt - Plötzlich schneller. Leidenschaftlich. Wild - Tempo I)
  2. 2. Stürmisch bewegt. Mit größter Vehemenz - Bedeutend langsamer - Tempo I subito
  3. 3. Scherzo (Kräftig, nicht zu schnell) - Dale Clevenger, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti
  4. 4. Adagietto (Sehr langsam)
  5. 5. Rondo-Finale (Allegro)

Disc: 6

  1. 1. Allegro energico, ma non troppo. Heftig aber Markig
  2. 2. Scherzo (Wuchtig)
  3. 3. Andante moderato
  4. 4. Finale (Allegro moderato)

Disc: 7

  1. 1. Langsam - Allegro
  2. 2. Nachtmusik (Allegro moderato)
  3. 3. Scherzo
  4. 4. Nachtmusik (Andante amoroso)

Disc: 8

  1. 5. Rondo - Finale (Allegro ordinario - Allegro moderato ma energico)
  2. 1. Andante comodo
  3. 2. Im Tempo eines gemächlichen Ländler. Etwas täppisch und sehr derb - Poco più mosso subito - Ländler, ganz langsam

Disc: 9

  1. 3. Rondo. Burleske (Allegro assai. Sehr trotzig - Presto)
  2. 4. Adagio (Sehr langsam)
  3. "Veni creator spiritus" - Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Singverein, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti
  4. "Imple superna gratia" - Heather Harper, Lucia Popp, Yvonne Minton, Helen Watts, René Kollo, John Shirley-Quirk, Martti Talvela, Wiener Singverein, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti
  5. "Infirma nostri corporis" - Heather Harper, Lucia Popp, Yvonne Minton, Helen Watts, René Kollo, John Shirley-Quirk, Martti Talvela, Wiener Singverein, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti
  6. "Accende lumen sensibus" - Heather Harper, Lucia Popp, Yvonne Minton, Helen Watts, René Kollo, John Shirley-Quirk, Martti Talvela, Wiener Sängerknaben, Wiener Singverein, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti
  7. "Veni, Creator...Da gaudiorum praemia" - Heather Harper, Lucia Popp, Yvonne Minton, Helen Watts, René Kollo, John Shirley-Quirk, Martti Talvela, Wiener Singverein, Wiener Sängerknaben, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti
  8. "Gloria sit Patri Domino" - Heather Harper, Lucia Popp, Helen Watts, Yvonne Minton, René Kollo, John Shirley-Quirk, Martti Talvela, Wiener Singverein, Wiener Sängerknaben, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti

Disc: 10

  1. Poco adagio: Waldung, sie schwankt heran - Wiener Singverein, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti
  2. "Ewiger Wonnebrand" - John Shirley-Quirk, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti
  3. "Wie Felsenabgrund mir zu Füßen" - Martti Talvela, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti
  4. "Gerettet ist das edle Glied" - Wiener Singverein, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Sängerknaben, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti
  5. "Uns bleibt ein Erdenrest" - Yvonne Minton, René Kollo, Wiener Sängerknaben, Wiener Singverein, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti
  6. "Höchste Herrscherin der Welt" - Lucia Popp, René Kollo, Wiener Singverein, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti
  7. "Bei der Liebe, die den Fussen" - Heather Harper, Yvonne Minton, Helen Watts, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti
  8. "Neige, neige, du Ohnegleiche" - Lucia Popp, Arleen Augér, Wiener Sängerknaben, Wiener Singverein, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti
  9. "Blicket auf zum Retterblick" - René Kollo, Wiener Singverein, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Sängerknaben, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti
  10. "Alles Vergängliche" - Heather Harper, Lucia Popp, Yvonne Minton, Helen Watts, René Kollo, John Shirley-Quirk, Martti Talvela, Wiener Sängerknaben, Wiener Singverein, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti

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SOLTI GEORG / CHICAGO S. O.

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I was introduced to Mahler in the late 70's by the earlier recordings in this set. I remember no.s 5,6 and 7 being available in a box set of LPs but however cheaply Faringdon records sold it for I put off buying them in case there was a better recording. Nearly 30 years later, there still is no better recording available and Amazon are selling all 9 on CD for £25! All the performances are breathtaking. The Chicago are simply brilliant, definitely a cut above all the rest. Solti is magnificent and one feels every second of pleasure and anguish in each work. The brass are the best in the world. Thanks, Garry, for introducing me to the most sublime musical experiences I could possibly imagine.
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There are so many box set complete recordings of the Mahler Symphonies choosing between them is a daunting and bewildering task. Thankfully I didnt have to, this box set was bought for me, so I was spared the pains of indecision which accompany the purchase of any classical cd- especially over the internet when you are not able to listen in detail to the various merits of all the available performances.
I have been absolutely delighted with this set and have no hesitations about recommending it. Mahler was above all a superb orchestrator and the subtleties of each symphony are excellently conveyed on these cds which also provide more than enough force and vigour when required. The short fourth movement of the mighty second symphony is for me one of the most divine four minutes of music ever written and this performance is spine-tingling. So too is the fifth symphony; the rubato with which Solti conveys the climax of the second movement is for me unmatched by any other recording, and is noticably more convincing than the highly acclaimed Rattle/BPO recording.
In short, this set is a fantastic buy, as you would expect from the price. Sadly, however, the standard set by these recordings is so high that I am often left feeling slightly disappointed whenever I now here Mahler performed live!
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This set is a ridiculous, outrageous bargain. One of the absolute best Mahler cycles that wouldn't be too expensive if 3 times this price. One of the greatest Wagner/Mahler interpreters of the 20th century, coupled with suberb playing and excellent sound.
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This set is revelatory. Just listen to the famous Adagietto from the Fifth. How bloated and pretentious Bernstein sounds beside it. Only Barbirolli and Walter match the level of intensity of Solti, and his has the supreme advantage of the Chicago Symphony at its peak of perfection. I am beginning to think after listening to this, the Brahms and the Beethoven cycles, that under Solti they might well have been the finest orchestra ever, and that includes the Berlin band.

Indeed,the playing in every symphony is little short of miraculous and as for the interpretations they rescue this composer from an undeserved reputation as a self-indugent neurotic.

Whatever other versions of the complete symphonies you possess (I have Rattle and Neumann) Solti's cycle is unique in its elemental power and unsurpassed in terms of playing.
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I completely agree with the last reviewer when he says that going to a live performance of these symphonies can be disappointing as these recordings are so good. This has happened to me a number of times, especially with the second symphony. I have never heard a better performance either in the concert hall or on disc than this one by Solti. It is truly spine tingling, especially the climax during the first movememt and the finale. The "Urlicht" is so emotional, too. The best four minutes of music EVER written?

Of the other eight, I would say that the stand-outs are the first, third, seventh and eight. These are the ones tha I turn to again and again; the sonic weight of the eight is astonishing. The playing of the final movement of the seventh makes the case that this symphony is not the 'problematic' cause that even the late, great Deryck Cooke thought it was, IMHO.

I would urge anyone who would like to try out music of great imagination to go for Mahler. It is such another world, and so optimistic. Just think of all the work that went in to recording these nine monumental works, and you can see that these are great value. I highly recommend them!
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First things first. not all the complete mahler's are proper cycles. Solti's is a compplete cycle, with the same orchestra and singers such as Heather Harper. Whilst Bernstein's is good, it is a manufactured cycle using more than 1, or 2, orchestras. So take care if you are looking for a cycle!
Right that said, let's get down to brass tacks - this is, I believe,one of the original cycles to be recorded and still the best, in my humble opinion. Solti brings out the best in the Chicago orchestra and the emotions are epic - just listen to number 2 or 8, or the adagietto from 5 - wowsa!! On a personal note, Solti wrings every drop from the percussion, and especially the timps - just listen to the end of the last movement of the Resurrection and those epic 2 last timp strikes.
To those who say other interpretations are more emotional, let me just say that Solti's cycle was pioneering. He was the Walter Scott of conductors at a time when Mahler's popularity was starting to grow.
Still in doubt? Listen to the start of Number 8 - happy now?!
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