Gustav Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1-9

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Label: BRK
Catalog: BRK900719

Stutzmann, Nathalie; Harteros, Anja; Weiss, Hannah; Fink, Bernarda; Frauenchor des Bayerischen Rundfunks; Schloffer, Friedrich; Volle, Michael; Botha, Johan; Anger, Ain; Neuhoff, Bernhard; Jansons, Mariss; May, Jerzy; Persson, Miah; Baechle, Janina; Brewer, Christine; Robinson, Twyla; Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks; Tölz Boys' Choir; Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks; Prohaska, Anna; Dörfner, Antje; Fabian, Carsten; State Choir Latvija; Fujimura, Mihoko

In the complete edition compiled by BR-KLASSIK, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under the direction of its long-time principal conductor Mariss Jansons explores Mahler's symphonic œuvre. This complete recording of Mahler's impressive symphonies is further enhanced by revealing rehearsal recordings and interesting interviews. In his nine symphonies, Gustav Mahler built up an entire world for himself and his listeners. More than almost any other composer, he tried in his symphonic works to get to the very bottom of the cycle of life, that eternal process of becoming and expiring – so what better complete set of symphonies to express the finest qualities of a modern-day conductor and the unique sound of a leading orchestra? Mariss Jansons found simple and clear words to express what it was that so fascinated and moved him about Mahler's music throughout his life. He said that the composer’s work always related to what was universal and contained absolutely everything that exists in the world. In his symphonies, said Jansons, Mahler captured nature, faith, love, death, pain, tragedy, happiness, humor, utopia, irony, sarcasm - everything that makes up human existence. Jansons regarded his music as posing questions that ultimately every thinking person has to ask, and everyone can find something in it where they recognize themselves as if in a mirror. There are nevertheless no definitive answers in Mahler, "nothing triumphant that is at one with itself." When he first encountered Mahler’s music, this experience struck Jansons like a bolt from the blue. Gradually, he developed into one of the leading Mahler conductors of his era. The fact that he had the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks as a partner here – an orchestra that can look back on a long Mahler tradition - was certainly a very fortunate coincidence.

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