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Reissued by popular demand, this collection was originally offered in 1998 as a belated tribute on the centenary of Dimitri Mitropoulos's birth. This set presents some of Mitropoulos's finest performances of Mahler, one of his favorite composers (he premiered the Mahler Sixth in America and died while rehearsing Mahler's Third), drawn primarily from the 1960 New York Mahler Festival. The original booklet essay has been replaced with a note by UK critic Tony Duggan. Restored and remastered in 1998 by Maggi Payne.

Review

This is a fabulous collection: an orgy of great music interpreted greatly. -- --Raymond Tuttle, Fanfare

This is an important set. The Ninth is among the best ever made. Throughout, Mitropoulos applies tempo fluctuations and rubato judiciously, leans into waltz and landler movements with a swing not found elsewhere, and always communicates the inner passions that animate this great music. -- --Dan Davis, The Absolute Sound

The Greek-born Dimitri Mitropoulos does not figure largely in the record catalogue. But on the evidence of these electrifying live performances, given not long before his death in 1960, and excellently remastered, he was one of the great conductors of our time. The playing has a lacerating intensity that reminds me of Toscanini -- had Toscanini espoused Mahler's music, instead of spurning it. There is one caveat: Mitropoulos makes cuts in No. 3, some of them quite substantial. How could he? His manifest devotion to Mahler should have precluded it. Yet in rhythmic incisiveness and clarity of texture, in fluidity of tempo, in naked emotional power, he is an ideal Mahler conductor. The performances of No. 5 and No. 6 are particularly wonderful. Mahlerians should swallow their sense of outrage and acquire the set. -- --David Cairns, Sunday Times (London)

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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


Disc 1:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Symphony No. 1 in D major, "Titan": I. Langsam, schleppendPhilharmonic Symphony Orchestra14:17Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 1 in D major, "Titan": II. Kraftig bewegtPhilharmonic Symphony Orchestra 6:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Symphony No. 1 in D major, "Titan": III. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppenPhilharmonic Symphony Orchestra10:42Album Only
listen  4. Symphony No. 1 in D major, "Titan": IV. Sturmisch bewegtPhilharmonic Symphony Orchestra19:58Album Only
listen  5. Symphony No. 10 in F sharp minorPhilharmonic Symphony Orchestra25:36Album Only


Disc 2:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Symphony No. 3 in D minor: I. Kraftig - EntschiedenBeatrice Krebs25:32Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 3 in D minor: II. Tempo di menuetto. Sehr massigBeatrice Krebs 7:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Symphony No. 3 in D minor: III. Comodo. Scherzando. Ohne HastBeatrice Krebs13:35Album Only
listen  4. Symphony No. 3 in D minor: IV. Sehr langsam. MisteriosoBeatrice Krebs 8:56Album Only
listen  5. Symphony No. 3 in D minor: V. Lustig im Tempo und keck im AusdruckBeatrice Krebs 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Symphony No. 3 in D minor: VI. Langsam. Ruhevoll. EmpfundenBeatrice Krebs18:10Album Only


Disc 3:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: I. Trauermarsch - In gemessenem Schritt - Streng - Wie ein KonduktPhilharmonic Symphony Orchestra12:53Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: II. Sturmisch bewegt, mit grosster VehemenzPhilharmonic Symphony Orchestra13:44Album Only
listen  3. Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: III. Scherzo - Kraftig, nich zu schnellPhilharmonic Symphony Orchestra16:02Album Only
listen  4. Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: IV. Adagietto - Sehr langsamPhilharmonic Symphony Orchestra11:07Album Only
listen  5. Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: V. Rondo-Finale: AllegroPhilharmonic Symphony Orchestra16:47Album Only


Disc 4:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Symphony No. 6 in A minor, "Tragic": I. Allegro energico, ma non troppoCologne West German Radio Orchestra18:44Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 6 in A minor, "Tragic": II. Scherzo: WuchtigCologne West German Radio Orchestra11:38Album Only
listen  3. Symphony No. 6 in A minor, "Tragic": III. Andante moderatoCologne West German Radio Orchestra14:32Album Only
listen  4. Symphony No. 6 in A minor, "Tragic": IV. Finale: SostenutoCologne West German Radio Orchestra29:40Album Only


Disc 5:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Symphony No. 8 in E flat major, "Symphony of a Thousand": Part I, Veni, creator spiritusMimi Coertse23:53Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 8 in E flat major, "Symphony of a Thousand": Part II, Final Scene from FaustMimi Coertse55:53Album Only


Disc 6:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Symphony No. 9 in D major: I. Andante comodoPhilharmonic Symphony Orchestra25:29Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 9 in D major: II. Im Tempo eines gemachlichen Landlers - Etwas tappisch und sehr derbPhilharmonic Symphony Orchestra13:41Album Only
listen  3. Symphony No. 9 in D major: III. Rondo-BurleskePhilharmonic Symphony Orchestra13:10Album Only
listen  4. Symphony No. 9 in D major: IV. AdagioPhilharmonic Symphony Orchestra21:12Album Only

Product Details

  • Performer: Vienna State Opera Choir
  • Orchestra: Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, WDR Radio Orchestra Cologne, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Dmitri Mitropoulos
  • Composer: Gustav Mahler
  • Audio CD (March 15, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Music & Arts Programs
  • ASIN: B000009CO7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,547 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Zabriskie on October 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I will not attempt to give an overview of this collection, but simply review the Mahler 6th here that a friend played for me
a couple of days ago.
As is frequently the case with Mitropoulos, you have not really
HEARD this piece until you've heard it the way Mitropoulos conducts it! As mentioned in the other review, Mitropoulos was
conducting these scores from scratch, without reference to anyone
else's approach and what he finds in the score to Mahler's Tragic
Symphony and extracts from the orchestra is quite unlike what
any other conductor has done. That does not necessarily make this
performance superior to all others, anymore than it makes it more
eccentric than all others, but having heard it just once, I can
tell you that no serious Mahler collection is complete without it!
As always, Mitropoulos presents a wealth of detail that other conductors either neglect or perceive to be part of something else. The opening march is taken rather slower than we're used to hearing it, but that only makes it more ominous. Of particular interest it the way Mitropoulos accentuates the piping
of the flutes and the squacking of the other woodwinds. Rather than the prophecy of Nazi jackboots we so frequently hear in this movement, Mitropoulos gives us the kicking, screaming resistance of old Europe being dragged inevitably forward into a more mechanized, less compassionate world. Likewise, in the adagio, Mitropoulos' approach to Mahler's offstage horns evokes
an image NOT of pastoral herdsmen, but the spirits of a way of
life that is already lost forever.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Klingsor Tristan on May 6, 2012
Format: Audio CD
When these electrifying and thrilling recordings were made, no real performing tradition for playing Mahler had yet been established. These live performances from 1956-60 predate the renaissance in interest in Mahler that really took off with his centenary in 1960. And, as such, they make for considerable historic interest as well as absolutely riveting listening. Certainly there are what we would take for quirks and eccentricities by modern standards both in character and in tempi - a rather slow landler in Symphony No.1, for example, with slightly curious agogic pauses in its trio; a fast minuet and a particularly swift posthorn trio in the scherzo of No.3; an exceptionally slow Adagietto in No.5; a swifter than usual landler in No.9 with the first trio taken at the same speed; and so on. Any suggestion of a ritardando in Mahler's score sees Mitropoulos' foot hitting the brakes fairly hard, sometimes excessively so in the last bars of movements. Yet none of it seems at all `wrong' in context - quite the reverse, in fact; it's often very refreshing to ears that have become too used to a particular modern style and set of tempi with Mahler. That posthorn trio in the Third, for example, can often outstay its welcome by the time the third reprise comes round; with Mitropoulos, human kind invades the animal kingdom with a much lighter, more dance-like step that I find thoroughly engaging and infinitely preferable to the way many performances almost grind to a hyper-romantic halt at this point. As for character, Mitropoulos doesn't go in for the now fashionable Mahlerian angst in a big way. Instead he invests so many passages with an unparalleled degree of wildness and abandon that gives them a hair-raising electricity.Read more ›
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Featherwood Kid, Gordon on January 12, 2012
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This album, with wonderful digitally enhanced performances of various Mahler Symphonies, is damaged by an audience that continually coughs and hacks its way through the symphonies (1, 5, 9, and 10) which were performed in Carnegie Hall in 1960. The tenth Adagio, as an example, is spoiled almost from the start by inconsiderate members of the audience loudly hacking continually throughout this relatively short piece (25:34). If one has a cough that can't be controlled with a cough drop then one shouldn't be in the concert hall. Hundreds of respectful people pay large amounts to hear the program of their choice, and that experience is ruined when even one person cannot control their cough. The commentary in the booklet by Tony Duggan even indicates that New York audiences at the time had an "... impossible-to-please attitude of an audience more spoiled, more fickle, than any on earth." I will give 5 stars for the performance, but only will offer only 4 stars overall because of the inappropriate behavior from some in the audience. GJV
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By Donald Clarke on August 18, 2013
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Mitropoulos was an early champion of Mahler, making the first ever recording of the 1st symphony (in Minneapolis in 1940). These recordings are mostly from a famous Mahler Festival at the New York Philharmonic in 1960; the 3rd symphony was recorded a few years earlier and cut to fit a broadcast, but it is still a powerful performance of Mahler's biggest symphony. Mitropoulos may have been the greatest interpreter of Mahler's 6th. The 8th was recorded at a Salzburg Festival with the Vienna Philharmonic, young Hermann Prey among the soloists...If you care at all about Mahler, buy this download. Just buy it.
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