Mahler: Symphonies 1-10, etc / Bertini, Kölner Rundfunk

Album Summary

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan"
>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection"
>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 3 in D minor
>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 4 in G major
>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor
>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 7 in E minor
>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 6 in A minor "Tragic"
>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 9 in D major
>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 10 in F sharp minor/major
>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 8 in E flat major
>Mahler, Gustav : Das Lied von der Erde
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In remembrance of the late conductor Gary Bertini, this reissue features his superb interpretations of Mahler's symphonies with the Kolner Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester. These electric performances include world-class singers Lucia Popp, Marjana Lipovsek, Ben Heppner, Gwendolyn Killebrew, Krisztina Laki, and many more. The collection also contains a memorable reading of 'Das Lied von der Erde', recorded in 1991.

Gramophone Magazine
By and large... the most consistently satisfying Mahler cycle on disc, in terms of its lovingly idiomatic and world-class performances, plus robust, realistic engineering that truly replicates the dynamic impact and spatial depth that these scores convey in the best concert halls.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Gary Bertini's 1984-91 Cologne Radio Mahler cycle is the most consistently satisfying on disc, in terms of its lovingly idiomatic and world-class performances, plus robust, realistic engineering that truly replicates the dynamic impact and spatial depth that these scores convey in the best concert halls. A colleague aptly and accurately likened Bertini's emphasis on the proverbial big picture to Rafael Kubelík's DG Mahler cycle, although Bertini's Cologne musicians operate on an altogether higher level of first-desk refinement and chamber-like sensitivity to the composer's extraordinary palette of orchestral colour. The strands of the Tenth's Adagio's pulverising climactic chords are powerfully yet clearly delineated to the point where you can take dictation from what you hear.

The brass sail through the Fifth's difficult writing with equal aplomb to stare their he-man Solti/Chicago colleagues in the eye, while the soft woodwinds and exposed strings create a haunting atmosphere in the Eighth's second movement to gently joust with Tennstedt or Nagano for top position. At the same time, Bertini's fervency sometimes gives Leonard Bernstein's magnetism a run for its money, as one readily hears in the First's klezmer tinges, the Seventh's rollicking coda and the most rabble- rousing moments of the Ninth's inner movements. By contrast, Bertini turns in one of the few very slow readings of the finale that rivets your attention in every bar. Bertini also benefits from terrific singing, highlighted by a tightly knit ensemble in the Eighth (baritone Alan Titus especially stands out as Pater Ecstaticus), plus Ben Heppner and Marjana Lipovek on ringing, communicative form throughout Das Lied (both this and the Eighth stem from live Tokyo performances).

And in the Fourth's finale, the late Lucia Popp surpasses her EMI recording under Tennstedt. To be certain, earlier reviews pinpoint weak spots, such as the Sixth's relatively clunky first movement or the Second's finale's fleeting inaccuracies, but these are nitpicks in face of so much excellence elsewhere. For cost, convenience and quality, there's no better Mahler deal on the planet.



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>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan"
  • Conductor: Gary Bertini
  • Ensemble: Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Japan (11/21/1991/11/23/1991)
  • Running Time: 54 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: ?/?1884-03/1888

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection"
  • Conductor: Gary Bertini
  • Ensemble: Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Philharmonie, Köln (04/29/1991-05/04/1991)
  • Running Time: 54 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1888-1894

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 3 in D minor
  • Conductor: Gary Bertini
  • Ensemble: Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio Stolberger Straáe, Cologne, Germany (03/25/1985-03/27/1985)
  • Running Time: 104 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1893-1896

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 4 in G major
  • Performer: Lucia Popp
  • Conductor: Gary Bertini
  • Ensemble: Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Philharmonie, Köln (11/30/1987/12/04/1987)
  • Running Time: 58 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1899-1900

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor
  • Conductor: Gary Bertini
  • Ensemble: Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Philharmonie, Köln (01/29/1990-02/03/1990)
  • Running Time: 67 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1901-1902

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 7 in E minor
  • Conductor: Gary Bertini
  • Ensemble: Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Philharmonie, Köln (02/09/1990-02/15/1990)
  • Running Time: 78 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1904-1905

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 6 in A minor "Tragic"
  • Conductor: Gary Bertini
  • Ensemble: Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 83 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1903-1904

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 9 in D major
  • Conductor: Gary Bertini
  • Ensemble: Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 86 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1908-1909

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 10 in F sharp minor/major
  • Conductor: Gary Bertini
  • Ensemble: Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Philharmonie, Köln (07/01/1991-07/03/1991)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1910

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 8 in E flat major
  • Performers: Maria Venuti (Soprano); Paul Frey (Tenor); Marianne Haggander (Soprano); Siegfried Vogel (Bass); Alan Titus (Baritone); Julia Varády
  • Conductor: Gary Bertini
  • Ensemble: Stuttgart Radio Chorus
  • Notes: Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Japan (11/12/1991-11/14/1991)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1906-1907

>Mahler, Gustav : Das Lied von der Erde
  • Performers: Marjana Lipovsek (Mezzo Soprano); Ben Heppner
  • Conductor: Gary Bertini
  • Ensemble: Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Japan (11/16/1991-11/17/1991)
  • Running Time: 61 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1908-1909