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Mahler: Symphony No. 3; Debussy: La Mer / Mitropoulos

Audio Samples

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 3 in D minor
>Debussy, Claude : La mer
>Word, Spoken : Dimitri Mitropoulos addresses the Kolner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester

Album Summary

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 3 in D minor
>Debussy, Claude : La mer
>Word, Spoken : Dimitri Mitropoulos addresses the Kolner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Dimitri Mitropoulos (1896 - 1960), a distinguished Mahlerian, was music director of the New York Philharmonic and guest conductor of the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics as well as La Scala, Milan. This recording from the October 31, 1960 Cologne Concert of Mahler's Symphony No.3 is the only complete performance of the work conducted by Mitropoulos. He died in Milan 2 days after the concert. The set is completed by Mitropoulos' outstanding interpretation of Debussy's La Mer.

"These performances, taken from 1960 radio broadcasts, were the last Mitropoulos gave. During the symphony’s huge first movement, he suffered a heart attack; and, though he went on conducting, he died two days later... Yet this account is still fine enough to reveal his mastery of Mahler and his rapport with the Cologne orchestra, shown also in a brilliant, mercurial La Mer." -The Times

Fanfare
this is a fascinating reading of this score... Cologne players... are much more disciplined, accurate, and in tune with the conductor.

Catholic News Agency
... ICA Classics label has released an historical performance of Mahler's Third Symphony, conducted by Dmitri Mitropoulos in October 1960, with the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra. Mitropoulos was a legendary Mahler conductor, and it is good to have this memento, especially since it is in very fine mono sound. Surprisingly, the performance is rather straightforward and would not, by itself, go to the top of my list for performances of the Third. But for Mitropoulos fans, this may be a must. It was after the long first movement in this performance that Mitropoulos suffered a major heart attack. He insisted on continuing the performance, which was his last. He was dead several days later.

The Arts Desk
Part of the fascination of this 1960 live performance is hearing the Cologne orchestra tackle what was then very unfamiliar repertoire. The playing is occasionally rough and imprecise, but it's also wonderfully exciting. Mitropoulos seamlessly knits the kaleidoscopic first movement together, the trombone solo raw and passionate, the marching band sections rowdy but tightly controlled.

Sunday Times
These performances, taken from 1960 radio broadcasts, were the last Mitropoulos gave. During the symphony's huge first movement, he suffered a heart attack; and, though he went on conducting, he died two days later... Yet this account is still fine enough to reveal his mastery of Mahler and his rapport with the Cologne orchestra, shown also in a brilliant, mercurial La Mer.



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Works Details

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 3 in D minor
  • Conductor: Dimitri Mitropoulos
  • Ensemble: Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 94 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1893-1896

>Debussy, Claude : La mer
  • Conductor: Dimitri Mitropoulos
  • Ensemble: Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 22 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903-1905

>Word, Spoken : Dimitri Mitropoulos addresses the Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester
  • Performer: Dimitri Mitropoulos
  • Period Time: Post Romantic