MAHLER The Symphonies. London Philharmonic Orchestra / Klaus Tennstedt. EMI 16cds

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Mahler The Symphonies London Philharmonic Orchestra Klaus Tennstedt Emi 16Cds

KLAUS TENNSTEDT

Klaus Tennstedt - Mahler: The Symphonies

CD1

1. Symphony No. 1 in D (2000 Digital Remaster) - I. Langsam. Schleppend - Immer sehr gemächlich

2. Symphony No. 1 in D (2000 Digital Remaster) - II. (Scherzo) Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell - Trio: Recht gemächlich

3. Symphony No. 1 in D (2000 Digital Remaster) - III. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen - Sehr einfach und schlicht wie eine Volksweise - Wieder etwas bewegter, wie im Anfang

4. Symphony No. 1 in D (2000 Digital Remaster) - IV. Stürmisch bewegt - Langsam - Wieder wie zu Anfang. Stürmisch bewegt - Sehr landgam - Tempo I

5. Symphony No. 2 in C minor, 'Resurrection' (2000 Digital Remaster) - I. Allegro maestoso

CD2

1. Symphony No. 2 in C minor, 'Resurrection' (2000 Digital Remaster) - II. Andante moderato

2. Symphony No. 2 in C minor, 'Resurrection' (2000 Digital Remaster) - III. In ruhig fließender Bewegung

3. Symphony No. 2 in C minor, 'Resurrection' (2000 Digital Remaster) - IV. Urlicht (sehr feierlich aber schlicht)

4. Symphony No. 2 in C minor, 'Resurrection' (2000 Digital Remaster) - V. Im Tempo des Scherzos (Wild herausfahrend) - Langsam - Allegro energico - Langsam

CD3

1. Symphony No. 3 in D minor - Kräftig

2. Symphony No. 3 in D minor - Tempo di menuetto

3. Symphony No. 3 in D minor - Scherzando

4. Symphony No. 3 in D minor - Sehr langsam: 'O Mensch! Gib acht'

5. Symphony No. 3 in D minor - Lustig im Tempo: 'Es sungen drei Engel'

CD4

1. Symphony No. 3 in D minor - Langsam

2. Symphony No. 4 in G - I. Heiter, bedächtig. Nicht eilen

3. Symphony No. 4 in G - II. In gemächlicher Bewegung. Ohne Hast

4. Symphony No. 4 in G - III. Ruhevoll

5. Symphony No. 4 in G - IV. Sehr behaglich [with soprano solo]

CD5

1. Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor (2001 Digital Remaster) - I. Trauermarsch (In gemessenen Schritt. Streng. Wie ein Kondukt)

2. Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor (2001 Digital Remaster) - II. Stürmisch bewegt. Mit grosser Vehemenz

3. Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor (2001 Digital Remaster) - III. Scherzo (Kräftig, nicht zu schnell)

4. Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor (2001 Digital Remaster) - IV. Adagietto. Sehr langsam

5. Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor (2001 Digital Remaster) - V. Rondo-Finale (Allegro)

CD6

1. Symphony No. 7 in E minor - Adagio - Allegro risoluto ma non troppo

2. Symphony No. 7 in E minor - Nachtmusik: Allegro moderato

3. Symphony No. 7 in E minor - Scherzo

4. Symphony No. 7 in E minor - Nachtmusik: Andante amoroso

CD7

1. Symphony No. 7 in E minor - Rondo_Finale

2. Symphony No. 6 in A minor (ed. Ratz) - I. Allegro energico, ma non troppo

3. Symphony No. 6 in A minor (ed. Ratz) - II. Scherzo (Wuchtig)

4. Symphony No. 6 in A minor (ed. Ratz) - III. Andante moderato

CD8

1. Symphony No. 6 in A minor (ed. Ratz) - IV. Finale (Allegro moderato)

2. Part I - Veni, Creator Spiritus

3. Part I - Imple superna gratia

4. Part I - Infirma nostri corporis

5. Part I - Accende lumen sensibus

6. Part I - Veni, Creator Spiritus

7. Part I - Gloria Patri Domino

CD9

1. Part II - Waldung, sie schwankt heran (Holy Anchorites)

2. Part II - Ewiger Wonnebrand (Pater Ecstaticus)

3. Part II - Wie Felsenabgrund mir zu Füssen (Pater Profundus)

4. Part II - Gerettet ist das edle Glied (Choir of Angels, Choir of Blessed Boys)

5. Part II - Uns bleibt ein Erdenrest (The More Perfect Angels, Choir of Blessed Boys)

6. Part II - Hier ist die Aussicht frei (Doctor Marianus)

7. Part II - Höchste Herrscherin der Welt (Doctor Marianus, Chorus)

8. Part II - Dir, der Unberührbaren (Chorus, A Penitent)

9. Part II - Bei der Liebe, die den Füssen (Magna Peccatrix, Mulier Samaritana, Maria Aegyptiaca)

10. Part II - Neige, neige, du Ohnegleiche (A Penitent, Choir of Blessed Boys, Mater Gloriosa)

11. Part II - Blicket auf zum Retterblick (Doctor Marianus, Chorus)

12. Part II - Alles Vergängliche (Mystic Choir)

CD10

1. Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) - I. Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde (ten)

2. Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) - II. Der Einsame im Herbst (con/bar)

3. Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) - III. Von der Jugend (ten)

4. Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) - IV. Von der Schönheit (con/bar)

5. Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) - V. Der Trunkene im Frühling (ten)

6. Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) - VI. Der Abschied (con/bar)

CD11

1. Symphony No. 9 in D (1985 Digital Remaster) - I. Andante comodo (1985 Digital Remaster)

2. Symphony No. 9 in D (1985 Digital Remaster) - II. Im Tempo eines gemächlichen Ländlers. Etwas täppisch und sehr derb (1985 Digital Remaster)

3. Symphony No. 9 in D (1985 Digital Remaster) - III. Rondo-Burleske (Allegro assai. Sehr trotzig) (1985 Digital Remaster)

CD12

1. Symphony No. 9 in D (1985 Digital Remaster) - IV. Adagio (Sehr langsam und noch zurückhaltend) (1985 Digital Remaster)

2. Symphony No. 10 (unfinished) - I. Adagio

CD13

1. Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor - I. Trauermarsch (In gemessenem Schritt. Streng. Wie ein Kondukt)

2. Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor - II. Stürmisch bewegt. Mit grösster Vehemenz

3. Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor - III. Scherzo (Kräftig, nicht zu schnell)

4. Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor - IV. Adagietto (Sehr langsam)

5. Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor - V. Rondo-Finale (Allegro)

CD14

1. Symphony No. 6 in A minor (edited Ratz) - I. Allegro energico, ma non troppo

2. Symphony No. 6 in A minor (edited Ratz) - II. Scherzo (Wuchtig)

3. Symphony No. 6 in A minor (edited Ratz) - III. Andante moderato

CD15

1. Symphony No. 6 in A minor (edited Ratz) - IV. Finale (Allegro moderato)

2. Symphony No. 7 - I. Adagio - Allegro risoluto ma non troppo

CD16

1. Symphony No. 7 - II. Nachtmusik: Allegro moderato

2. Symphony No. 7 - III. Scherzo

3. Symphony No. 7 - IV. Nachtmusik: Andante amoroso

4. Symphony No. 7 - V. Rondo: Finale

London Philharmonic Orchestra / Klaus Tennstedt

Klaus Tennstedt was born on 6th June 1926 in Merseburg a small Saxon town between Leipzig and Halle. He was a highly talented violinist and followed his father into the Halle Opera orchestra of which he was made leader whilst still in his teens. He also studied in Dresden and as a member of the fire brigade was detailed to dig bodies out of the rubble after the city was blitzed in 1944. A solo career awaited him but a growth on his left hand brutally cut this short at the age of 19 but, after months of depression, he emerged as the opera’s repetiteur. He naturally watched conductors but was not given an opportunity to try until, at an hour’s notice, he took over a performance.

The experience galvanised him to seek this path as a career but his refusal to join the Communist Party ensured that he was limited to poorer opera houses. In his mid-30’s he went to Berlin seeking a chance to defect, but it was not until March 1971, aged 44, when he was allowed to conduct in Gothenburg. The freedom in the West did not give him many major opportunities either; however the offer of the musical directorship of the Kiel Opera was offered and accepted. A manager from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra heard him and duly invited him to Canada.

A chance stand-in engagement in Boston conducting Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony was met with such ecstatic reviews and audience enthusiasm that he was offered dates with the finest orchestras. He was 48 and after his years spent in provincial theatres this sudden fame and fortune must have been overwhelming for such a sensitive man. Luckily for the musical world he then discovered the composer whose music would make his career; a composer who like himself, suffered from self-doubt: Gustav Mahler. He had had no chance to hear any of his music during his student years as it had been banned by the Nazis.

He was uniquely able to identify with Mahler’s life-and-death struggles and the shear intensity that he brought to the performances made them unforgettable. It could be argued that his concerts provided the stimulus for the major record companies to change their policy of recording exclusively in the studio to one of taping live and relying on careful editing to remove any blemishes. His repertoire was far from limited to Mahler – the romantics from Beethoven to Richard Strauss all received thoroughly detailed and considered readings. He was popular too with soloists - his experience as a repetiteur and soloist gave him an unique understanding of what they needed in an accompanist.

Everything seemed to be set fair but the angst that he would, like Mahler, die prematurely proved correct for in his 60th year throat cancer struck. Initially he was able to continue conducting if at a reduced pace, but gradually the disease took its awful toll. His final engagement was in Oxford where he rehearsed the University orchestra before receiving an honorary doctorate in June 1994.

It is highly appropriate that Klaus Tennstedt’s career should be reassessed in 2011 as it is the year that not only marks the centenary of Mahler’s death but also what would have been the year of Tennstedt’s 85th birthday

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