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A Survey of the Mahler Symphonies

Tony Duggan continues his  series of comparative reviews of recordings of the Mahler symphonies:
Symphony No 5

Previously: Symphony No.1  No. 2   No. 4  The Song of the Earth  

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BEETHOVEN Sonatas Op. 22, 26, 53 (Waldstein)   Maurizio Pollini (piano) Deutsche Grammophon 435 472-2 (CD-pluscore) [65'34"]

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No: 9 'Choral'.   Aase Nordmo Lovberg, Christa Ludwig, Waldemar Kmentt, Hans Hotter. Philharmonia Orchestra Otto Klemperer. Testament SBT 1077 70m. ADD (Recorded in 1958).

Harrison BIRTWISTLE Harrison's Clocks Joanna MacGregor, piano.  Sound Circus SC004. 26'18"

BRITTEN Paul Bunyan Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra, Hickox   Chandos CHAN 9781(2) [63.29][47.02]

BUSONI: Piano Concerto Op. 39.   Marc Andre' Hamelin: Piano, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Mark Elder Hyperion CDA67143 74m DDD

John CAMERON (b.1944) Missa Celtica (With texts from 6th to 11th Century Ireland and Wales; 16th to 19th century Scotland, Brittany and Cornwall, and the Ordinary of the Mass. Original adaptations and lyrics: John Cameron)   Máire Ni Chathasaigh (folk singer and Irish harp); Lindsay Wagstaff (soprano); Emmanuel Lawler (Gaelic tenor); John Bowley (Latin tenor); Michael McGoldrich (uillean pipes) The Choir of New College Oxford and the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by the composer ERATO 3984-25494-2 [66:20]

AARON COPLAND An Outdoor Overture ,Appalachian Spring - suite (original version thirteen instruments),Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson   * Marni Nixon (soprano) Pacific SO/Keith Clark rec California 1982, 1986, 1985 REFERENCE RECORDINGS RR-22CD [ 57:40]

COUPERIN: Harpsichord Works.   Liesbeth Hoppen: Pleyel Harpsichord. Artis Classics 97013 68m DDD.

DUKELSKY Vladimir. Zéphyr et Flore; Epitaphe.   Ilma Achmadeeva (soprano), Netherlands Theatre Choir, Residential Orchestra of the Hague, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky.  Chandos CHAN9766 [DDD] [55' 23"]. Première recordings.

ELGAR & BRIDGE Sonatas   Lowri Blake, cello & Iwan Llewelyn-Jones, piano LOWRI RECORDS 2000 * [55:02]

Edward Elgar: Sonata in E minor, op. 82 (1919 - transcribed for cello and piano by Lowri Blake 1994) / Frank Bridge: Morning Song (1918), Sonata in D minor (1913-17)

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Joseph EYBLER Christmas Oratorio Sabine Ritterbusch (sop), Waltraud Hoffmann-Mucher (alto), Harry van Berne (ten), Jelle Draijer (bass) Alsfeder Vokalensemble & Bremer Domchor I Febiarmonici conducted by Wolfgang Helbich  CPO 999 667-2 [70.11]

GERHARD Roberto: Libra; Leo; Gemini; Concert for 8; 3 Impromptus   Nieuw Ensemble cond. Ed Spanjaard Largo 5134 [63'33"]

Cecil Armstrong GIBBS (1889-1960) Dale and Fell - Music for Strings   Guildhall Strings directed by Robert Salter Hyperion CDA67093 [65:00]

BATTLE OF BRITAIN: RON GOODWIN and WILLIAM WALTON.   original MGM soundtracks. Goodwin conducted by Goodwin, Walton conducted by Malcolm Arnold   RYKODISC RCD 10747

Arthur HONEGGER (1892-1955)
Pacific 231, Rugby, Symphony No 1 , Symphony No. 2 "for strings", Symphony No. 3 "Liturgique", Symphony No. 4 "Deliciae Basilienses", Symphony No. 5 "Di tre re"   Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks conducted by Charles Dutoit ULTIMA/ERATO 3984-21340-2 2CDs


ARTHUR HONEGGER Les Miserables (suite, 1933) La roue (overture, 1922) Mermoz (2 suites, 1943) Napoleon (suite, original version, 1926-7) The CSR Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava) conducted by Adriano   MARCO POLO 8.223134

ARTHUR HONEGGER Les Miserables from the 1933 film The Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava) conducted by Adriano     MARCO POLO 8.223181 [58:55]

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ARTHUR HONEGGER Mayerling, Regain (suite I, 1937) Regain (suite II, 1937) Le demon de l'Himalaya (2 symphonic movements, 1935) The Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava) conducted by Adriano     Marco Polo 8.223467 [59:51]


A composite review by Didier C. Deutsch

Erich Wolfgang KORNGOLD Piano Quintet in E Major. Suite Op. 23 (1930) Kathryn Brake (Piano); George Marsh (Violin); Claudia Chudacoff (violin); Nancy Thomas Weller (viola), Steven Honigberg (cello).   ALBANY TROY 348 [68:58]


MAHLER: "Titan - eine Tondichtung in Symphonieform" *(1893 Hamburg Version of the First Symphony) Piano Quartet in A Minor **(movement)   *Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ole Kristian Ruud  **Mats Jansson and Members of the Holmen Quartet Simax PSC 1150

MAHLER: Symphony No.7  London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas RCA Red Seal 09026 63510 2

MAHLER: Das Lied Von Der Erde    Jon Villars (Tenor) Michelle DeYoung (Mezzo) Minnesota Orchestra conducted by Eiji Oue  Reference Recordings RR-88CD

MASCAGNI: Cavalleria Rusticana LEONCAVALLO: I Pagliacci.   Dennis O'Neill, Nelly Miricioiu, Philip Joll, Diana Montague, Elizabeth Bainbridge. Alan Opie, Peter Bronder, Rose Mannion, William Dazeley, Paul Parfitt, Peter Hall. Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, The Peter Kay Children's Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra David Parry Chandos Opera in English CHAN3005(2) 159m DDD.

NIELSEN: Symphony No. 3, 'Espansiva', Symphony No. 5, Saul and David: Prelude, Act II.   Danish State Radio Symphony Orchestra. Erik Tuxen. Dutton CDK1207 76m ADD (Rec 1946/50).

PAUL PARAY (1886-1979) Symphony No. 1 in C (CD premiere), Mass for the 800th Anniversary of the Death of Joan of Arc  Lorna Haywood, soprano; Terry Patrick-Harris, mezzo soprano Joseph Harris, tenor; Josik Koc, bass-baritone Royal Scottish National Chorus Christopher Bell, Chorus Master Royal Scottish National Orchestra/James Paul recorded 14-15 September 1996 at City Hall, Glasgow, Scotland REFERENCE RECORDINGS RR-78CD [65.57]

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