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Mahler: Songs with Orchestra

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>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
>Mahler, Gustav : Ruckert Lieder (5)
>Mahler, Gustav : Des Knaben Wunderhorn
>     Lied des Verfolgten im Turm
>     Der Tembourg'sell
>     Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen
>     Revelge
>     Urlicht

Album Summary

>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
>Mahler, Gustav : Ruckert Lieder (5)
>Mahler, Gustav : Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Performers Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

The San Francisco Symphony's Grammy-winning Mahler recording cycle, launched in 2001 on its own SFS Media label, comes to a close this season with this release, focusing on Mahler's songs with orchestra. The album features Susan Graham performing the 'Ruckert-Lieder' and Thomas Hampson performing the 'Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen' and selections from 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn'. The release coincides with a worldwide celebration of the music of Mahler - 2010 is the 150th anniversary of Mahler's birth, and 2011 marks the 100th year of Mahler's death. Michael Tilson Thomas' Mahler cycle has won seven Grammy Awards, including three for Best Classical Album. The San Francisco Symphony will commemorate the completion of their ambitious recording cycle by introducing a boxed set of the complete recordings and, for the collector, a deluxe, limited edition version of the set on vinyl. Further details about these collections will be forthcoming.

"This collection has proved to be one of the most competitive Mahler cycles in both sound and interpretation. This completes the cycle... [Hampson's] diction is second to none - each text is filled with clarity and emotion - and the performance is very affecting. The Ruckert Lieder with mezzo soprano Susan Graham is the high point here. She has a warm and lyrical tone that is able to sustain and project over the orchestra without ever sounding harsh. Her music-making is tender and introspective... The San Francisco Symphony is simply wonderful - their consistently high level of performance through the entire cycle is a major achievement." -American Record Guide

BBC Music Magazine
Um mitternacht' works best, with gleaming voice complemented by superb San Francisco clarinets and trumpets - glorious recorded perspectives, too, as ever from this source.

Classic FM Magazine
From the opening bars of the Wayfarer songs, Hampson demonstrates his mettle as a gifted storyteller, his warm, legato tones awash with dramatic colour. Susan Graham's mezzo brings similar tonal and dramatic light and shade to the Rückert-Lieder. The orchestra has this music just as sussed.

Gramophone Magazine
It is unusual to hear a baritone sing "Urlicht" or indeed "Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen", but that Housman-like tale is here most sympathetically unfolded...[Hampson's] is a performance of terrific presence and power.

Sunday Times
[Graham's] contribution is unquestionably the highlight. She brings great depth of feeling to Liebst du um Schönheit (If you love for beauty) and Um Mitternacht (At Midnight). Indeed, I can't think of a finer contemporary female interpreter of these songs on disc. Please, someone, record her in the other two cycles.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco.



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>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
  • Performers: Susan Graham (Mezzo-soprano); Thomas Hampson
  • Conductor: Michael Thomas
  • Notes: Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco (2009-09-23&2009-09-25_2009-)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1883-1885

>Mahler, Gustav : Rückert Lieder (5)
  • Performers: Susan Graham (Mezzo-soprano); Thomas Hampson
  • Conductor: Michael Thomas
  • Notes: Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco (09/16/2009-09/20/2009)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1901-1902

>Mahler, Gustav : Des Knaben Wunderhorn :: Lied des Verfolgten im Turm
  • Performers: Susan Graham (Mezzo-soprano); Thomas Hampson
  • Conductor: Michael Thomas
  • Notes: Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco (05/10/2007-05/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: ?/?1892-07/1898

>Mahler, Gustav : Des Knaben Wunderhorn :: Der Tembourg'sell
  • Performers: Susan Graham (Mezzo-soprano); Thomas Hampson
  • Conductor: Michael Thomas
  • Notes: Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco (05/10/2007-05/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: ?/?1892-07/1898

>Mahler, Gustav : Des Knaben Wunderhorn :: Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen
  • Performers: Susan Graham (Mezzo-soprano); Thomas Hampson
  • Conductor: Michael Thomas
  • Notes: Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco (05/10/2007-05/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: ?/?1892-07/1898

>Mahler, Gustav : Des Knaben Wunderhorn :: Revelge
  • Performers: Susan Graham (Mezzo-soprano); Thomas Hampson
  • Conductor: Michael Thomas
  • Notes: Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco (05/10/2007-05/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: ?/?1892-07/1898

>Mahler, Gustav : Des Knaben Wunderhorn :: Urlicht
  • Performers: Susan Graham (Mezzo-soprano); Thomas Hampson
  • Conductor: Michael Thomas
  • Notes: Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco (05/10/2007-05/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: ?/?1892-07/1898