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Mahler: Symphony no 6, Lieder / Karajan, Ludwig, Berlin PO

Album Summary

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 6 in A minor "Tragic"
>Mahler, Gustav : Kindertotenlieder, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Mahler, Gustav : Rückert Lieder, song collection for voice & piano (or orchestra)
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Karajan's classic Sixth confirmed his belated arrival as a major Mahler interpreter. Only Bernstein, in his more emotive, less consciously beautifying way, left recorded performances of comparable strength and conviction. Karajan's understanding of Mahler's sound world - its links forward to Berg, Schoenberg and Webern as opposed to retrospective links with Wagner - is very acute. Combining this with a notable long-term control of rhythm, Karajan is sustains not only the composer's lucidly stated tragic case but also Mahler's exploration of materials drawn from different sound worlds and even, in the Scherzo, from different areas of the inherited musical tradition. This Scherzo is a masterly achievement by composer, conductor, and orchestra alike. Also, the engineers have tidied up the very end of the symphony, where the bass tuba's entry over drum and ff pizzicato basses no longer betrays quite so obviously its origin as part of a separate take.

The Rückert Lieder are memorably sung by Christa Ludwig who is eloquently supported by the Berlin wind players who are recorded with gratifying immediacy.



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>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 6 in A minor "Tragic"
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 83 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1903-1904

>Mahler, Gustav : Kindertotenlieder, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performer: Christa Ludwig
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 25 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1901-1904

>Mahler, Gustav : Rückert Lieder, song collection for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performer: Christa Ludwig
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 19 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1901-1902