Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1, 4, 5-7 & 9 - Das Lied V

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Label: SWR MUSIC
Catalog: SWR19099CD
Format: CD

Haefliger, Ernst; SWR Sinfonieorchester des Südwestrundfunks; Hoffmann, Grace; WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln; Rosbaud, Hans; Rogner, Eva Maria

This is the eleventh installment within the Hans Rosbaud Edition of the label SWR CLASSIC. This edition, once accomplished, will be the most extensive and in depth documentation of Rosbaud’s artistic legacy. It contains all the Mahler recordings Rosbaud made for the German broadcasting stations, compiled for the first time in a box set. Gustav Mahler was one of Hans Rosbaud’s great favorites. Rosbaud did neither record all the symphonies nor the song cycles, but everything we have speaks for itself and gives ample proof of the fact that the musical all-round genius Rosbaud is not only one of the greatest Mahler conductors in history but one of the leading Mahler conductors ever. He does not just reveal the works’ structure to perfection and with maximum faithfulness to the score – though this is, apart from a strong sense of musicality, a most essential factor – but unfolds the whole range of Mahler’s passion. There is no specific moment that he would not express in an accordingly specific way. We present here the first release of all the Mahler recordings Rosbaud made for the SWR in one box set. This is of epoch-making importance in so far as it revolutionizes any Mahler image we may have had to this day: not in a specific direction that could be summed up in a slogan but in a way that provides a more comprehensive understanding based on all the structural and expressive dimensions of Mahler’s music. Nobody but Hans Rosbaud is able to make these aspects so perceptible, so audible in every detail and in every respect imaginable.

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