Gielen: Mahler - Symphonies no. 1-9, Adagio (13 CD box set, FLAC)
Gielen: Mahler - Symphonies no. 1-9, Adagio (13 CD box set, FLAC)

Composer: Gustav Mahler
Performer: Christine Whittlesey, Juliane Banse
Orchestra: SWF Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden, SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Michael Gielen
Audio CD
SPARS Code: DDD
Number of Discs: 13
Format: FLAC (image+cue)
Label: Hanssler Classics
Size: 2.91 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

CD 01
Symphony No. 1 in D major, “Titan”
01. I. Langsam. Schleppend – Im Anfang sehr gemachlich
02. II. Kraftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell
03. III. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen
04. IV. Sturmisch bewegt

CD 02
Symphony No. 2 in C minor, “Resurrection”

01. I. Allegro maestoso
02. II. Andante moderato
03. III. In ruhig fliessender Bewegung
04. IV. Sehr feierlich aber schlicht

CD 03
01. V. Im Tempo des Scherzo
Cornelia Kallisch – Mezzosoprano

Symphony No. 3 in D minor
02. I. Kraftig. Entschieden

CD 04
01. II. Tempo di Menuetto. Sehr massig
02. III. Comodo. Scherzando. Ohne Hast
03. IV. Sehr langsam. Misterioso
04. V. Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck
05. VI. Langsam. Ruhevoll. Empfunden
Cornelia Kallisch – Mezzosoprano

CD 05
Symphony No. 4 in G major

01. I. Bedachtig. Nicht eilen Christine Whittlesey
02. II. In gemachlicher Bewegung. Ohne Hast Christine Whittlesey
03. III. Ruhevoll. Poco adagio Christine Whittlesey
04. IV. Sehr behaglich Christine Whittlesey

CD 06
Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor
01. I. Trauermarsch. Streng. Wie ein kondukt
02. II. Sturmisch bewegt, mit grosster Vehemenz
03. III. Scherzo. Kraftig, nicht zu schnell
04. IV. Adagietto. Sehr langsam
05. V. Rondo – Finale. Allegro

CD 07
Symphony No. 6 in A minor, “Tragic”
01. I. Allegro energico, ma non troppo. Heftig aber markig
02. II. Scherzo: Wuchtig
03. III. Andante moderato

Also available:  Leitner: Bruckner - Symphony no.6, Hartmann - Symphony no.6 (FLAC)

CD 08
01. IV. Finale: Allegro moderato – Allegro energico

CD 09
Symphony No. 7 in E minor
01. I. Langsam – Allegro risoluto, ma non troppo
02. II. Nachtmusik I: Allegro moderato
03. III. Scherzo: Schattenhaft
04. IV. Nachtmusik II: Andante amoroso
05. V. Rondo – Finale

CD 10
Symphony No. 8 in E flat major, “Symphony of a Thousand”

Part I
01. Veni, creator spiritus
02. Imple superna gratia
03. Infirma nostri corporis
04. Accende lumen sensibus
05. Tu septiformis munere
06. Gloria sit Patri Domino

CD 11
Part II
01. Poco adagio – Waldung, sie schwankt heran
02. Ewiger Wonnebrand
03. Wie Felsenabgrund mir zu Fussen
04. Gerettet ist das edle Glied
05. Uns bleibt ein Erdenrest
06. Hier ist die Aussicht frei
07. Dir, der Unberuhrbaren
08. Bei der Liebe, die den Fussen
09. Neige, neige, du Ohnegleiche
10. Komm! hebe dich zu hohern Spharen!
11. Blicket auf zum Retterblick, alle reuig Zarten
12. Alles Vergangliche ist nur ein Gleichnis
Margaret Jane Wray – Soprano
Juliane Banse, Christiane Boesiger, Alessandra Marc, Christiane Whittlesey – Soprano
Cornelia Kallisch – Mezzosoprano
Eugenie Grunewald, Dagmar Peckova – Contralto
Glenn Winslade – Tenor
Anthony Michaels-Moore – Baritone
Peter Lika – Bass

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Miichael Gielen – Conductor
SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg

CD 12
Symphony No. 9 in D major
01. I. Andante comodo
02. II. Im Tempo eines gemachlichen Landlers – Etwas tappisch und sehr derb
03. III. Rondo – Burleske (Allegro assai – Sehr trotzig)

CD 13
01. IV. Adagio – Sehr langsam und noch zuruckhaltend

Symphony No. 10 in F sharp minor (performing version by D. Cooke)
02. I. Adagio

A Mahler cycle that bears repeating

Michael Gielen’s Mahler cycle, which began in the late 1980s and eventually migrated over to Hanssler Classics, is a resounding success even as it’s not all things to all Mahlerites. To paraphrase the words of one of Mahler’s Ruckert settings, “Liebst du um Schonheit,” if you love for overt emoting, then do not love Gielen; love Leonard Bernstein with his heart on his sleeve. If you love for Wunderhorn warmth, then do not love Gielen; love Rafael Kubelik with his echt-Bohemian naturalness. If you love for pyrotechnics, then do not love Gielen; love Georg Solti with his high-powered Chicago Symphony. But if you love for depth, structural integrity, and performances that reveal their secrets and strengths gradually instead of showing their hand immediately, then love Gielen and his masterfully thought-through, thoroughly idiomatic Mahler series. I might wish for higher voltage in the “Resurrection” Symphony and a larger chorus in the Eighth–and the CD layout is not the smoothest across the spin of 13 discs–but I know that I will be returning to this set again and again over the next several years.

3 Comments

  1. Thanks a lot for this amazing box set.
    I’ve listened Sym #1 and Sym #5 and these performances are amazing.
    Very promising for the rest of symphonies.

  2. Thanks a million.

    Only listened to the final movement of Symphony 2 so far but it is very good with demonstration quality sound.

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