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Mahler Symphony No. 1


Disc One:

Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer) 1. I. Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht
2. II. Ging heut' Morgen uber's Feld
3. III. Ich hab' ein gluhend Messer
4. IV. Die zwei blauen Augen
Symphony No. 1 in D Major "Titan"
5. I. Langsam. Schleppend
6. II. Kraftig bewegt
7. III. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen
8. IV. Stumisch bewegt

Disc Two:

Benjamin Zander Discusses Mahler's Songs of a Wayfarer and Symphony No. 1


"His reading of the whole work and of the associated songs is simply magnificent. Four stars"
"...a sense of the musical architecture that never leaves a shred of doubt about where the performance is going."
"I would rank this disc in the top ten recordings of Mahler's 'Symphony No. 1'"
"This performance is about as good as anyone can hope to hear"
Zander's rendition of Mahler's 1st is without a doubt the recording that MOST successfully integrates all of Mahler's singular ideas into a whole...
"...this triumphalist Mahler First belongs on the top shelf beside Bernstein, Kubelik, Giulini and Walter... This is the best-sounding Mahler First I've heard."
"And in what is a wonderful collaboration, Zander elicits a nuanced and colorful performance, with the orchestra in turn responding to his direction instinctively and intuitively."
"The bonus disc in this set is one of his best...Zander is a consummate Mahlerite. The magic of the mysterious opening, the perfect placement of the trumpets in the ensuing fanfare, the many 'cuckoo' calls, more chipper than ever, the tempos-all seem just right."
American Record Guide, January/February 2006
"It takes a conductor with Zander's breadth of vision to present it to us with Mahler's full intention..."
"The orchestra impresses with sweetness as well as power..."
"Many other conductors have recorded them, but Zander stands high above the Alpine clouds."
"I can't remember when I last heard such a thrilling recording of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1. "
"Benjamin Zander continues his essential Mahler series for Telarc with this outstanding release."
Benjamin Zander and the Philharmonia's recording of Mahler's "First Symphony" coupled with his "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen" sung by baritone Christopher Maltman is not only the best Mahler's First in decades, it is one of the great recorded performances.
"Bravo! Bravissimo! no one has combined the expressions of poetic vision with astute musical analysis as brilliantly as you have here. What a perfect way to start people on the adventure that is Mahler 1."


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