Mahler

Leonard Bernstein - Bernstein/Mahler: The Complete Symphonies & Orchestral Songs (1998) (16 CD Box Set)

Leonard Bernstein - Bernstein/Mahler: The Complete Symphonies & Orchestral Songs (1998) (16 CD Box Set)
EAC Rip | APE (Image+.cue, log) | 16 CDs, 15:49:48 min | Covers included | 3,8 Gb
Genre: Classical / Label: Deutsche Grammophon

This 16-disc set contains what is without a doubt the most distinguished collection of Mahler performances ever to have been assembled in one place. DG has sensibly collected all of Bernstein's Mahler for Polygram labels, including the London "Das Lied von der Erde," and all of the orchestral song cycles: "Song of a Wayfarer," "Kindertotenlieder," "Rückert-Lieder," and "Des Knaben Wunderhorn." All of these recordings have been issued separately to general critical acclaim, and despite a veritable warehouse of new Mahler discs in the '90s, Bernstein's versions by and large still reign supreme.
Anne Schwanewilms & Malcolm Martineau - Mahler: Kindertotenlieder & Rückert Lieder - Schoenberg: 4 Lieder, Op. 2 (2015) [24/44]

Anne Schwanewilms & Malcolm Martineau - Mahler: Kindertotenlieder & Rückert Lieder - Schoenberg: 4 Lieder, Op. 2 (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 66:27 minutes | 544 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover

Anne Schwanewilms is considered one the greatest dramatic sopranos of our time, and her performances in operas by Richard Strauss, Wagner and Mozart have earned her praise from critics and public alike around the world. She is also equally distinguished in the recital hall and her first CD for ONYX 'Das Himmlischer Leben' (Liszt & Mahler) was universally praised. For her second ONYX disc, Mahler again features - the searing and bleak emotions of 'Kindertotenlieder', the 'Rückert Lieder' cycle and three 'Wunderhorn' songs. These are prefaced by the sumptuously romantic early Op. 2 set of four songs by Schoenberg.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado - Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (1981/2017) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/192kHz]

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado - Mahler: Symphony No.5 (1981/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 72:27 minutes | 2,12 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

As with just about all the Mahler symphonies, Abbado has made multiple recordings of the Fifth, but this, his first, remains his finest, and an exceptional performance by any standard. It has all of the famed Chicago virtuosity but also a welcome attention to detail and willingness to savor a phrase that you almost never find with Solti’s Chicago Mahler. It’s great to hear a coda to the second movement that for once does not sound anti-climactic. We expect the horn playing in the scherzo to be stunning, and so it is, but the music also has grace, charm, and plenty of atmosphere at an appropriately relaxed basic tempo that, as you can hear, leaves plenty of space for the big moments to expand.
Mahler: Symphony No.4 / Ruckert Lieder - Lucerne Festival (2009) [BDrip 720p]

Mahler: Symphony No.4 / Ruckert Lieder - Lucerne Festival (2009) [BDrip 720p]
BDRip 720p | MKV | MPEG-4 AVC, 1280x720, 7000 Kbps, 29,970 fps
Audio: PCM 2.0, 1536 Kbps, 48 Khz, 2 ch
Genre: Classical / Time: 01:26:34 min / 5,16 Gb

The charismatic and inspiring Claudio Abbado and the magnificent mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená, with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, hold the audience spellbound in this live recording from Lucerne Festival in Summer.
Dagmar Pecková & Richard Samek - Mahler: The Song of the Earth (2018)

Dagmar Pecková & Richard Samek - Mahler: The Song of the Earth (2018)
Classical, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & front cover | 234 MB
Label: Supraphon a.s. | Tracks: 06 | Time:57:47 min

In contrast to Symphony No. 8, also known as the Symphony of a Thousand, another of Gustav Mahlers vocal-instrumental pieces, Das Lied von der Erde, speaks in a highly intimate language, full of tenderness and deep sorrow, mirroring the very essence of the artists soul towards the end of his days. The grief, reflecting the painful events in the composers life and expressed in a variety of shades in all the six songs, seems to dissolve at the end of the work in the repeated, atoned forever , a word opening up the infinite space following the life on earth.
Adam Fischer & Düsseldorfer Symphonike - Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (2018)

Adam Fischer & Düsseldorfer Symphonike - Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (2018)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 296 MB
Label: CAvi-music | Tracks: 05 | Time: 69:50 min

What does Mahler’s Fifth mean personally to you? Unlike certain other Mahler symphonies, I have no personal story I associate with the Fifth. This doesn’t imply that it is not just as close to me as the other ones; it is just more difficult to express the connection in words.
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra & Daniel Harding - Mahler: Symphony No. 9 (2018)

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra & Daniel Harding - Mahler: Symphony No. 9 (2018)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 369 MB
Label: harmonia mundi | Tracks: 04 | Time: 82:34 min

As the last completed symphony that Mahler wrote, the Ninth has often been heard by audiences as the composer’s swan song: a nostalgic, moving farewell from a composer conscious of his own mortality. This interpretation is of course easily justifiable, as etched into the musical fabric of the symphony are references to the tragedies that befell the composer in the years before his death. Furthermore, it is wholly plausible that for a man as melodramatic as Mahler, the idea of a symphony that centres around themes of loss and finality would surely have been an appealing prospect.
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra & Daniel Harding - Mahler: Symphony No. 9 (2018) [Official Digital Download]

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra & Daniel Harding - Mahler: Symphony No. 9 (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 82:34 minutes | 812 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

As the last completed symphony that Mahler wrote, the Ninth has often been heard by audiences as the composer’s swan song: a nostalgic, moving farewell from a composer conscious of his own mortality. This interpretation is of course easily justifiable, as etched into the musical fabric of the symphony are references to the tragedies that befell the composer in the years before his death. Furthermore, it is wholly plausible that for a man as melodramatic as Mahler, the idea of a symphony that centres around themes of loss and finality would surely have been an appealing prospect.
Jamie Barton, Brian Zeger - All Who Wander: Songs by Gustav Mahler, Antonin Dvorak, Jean Sibelius (2016)

Jamie Barton, Brian Zeger - All Who Wander: Mahler, Dvořák, Sibelius (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 224 Mb | Artwork included | Time: 01:00:46
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Delos | # DE3494

Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton burst upon the global opera and concert scene in recent years after having won many of the world’s most prestigious prizes for vocal excellence and accomplishments. Delos has scored a major coup in releasing her debut album. Jamie’s well-chosen program of late-Romantic repertoire begins with eight of Gustav Mahler’s finest lieder – including his wonderful Five Rückert Songs – before treating us to the rare delights of Antonin Dvořák’s song cycle Gypsy Songs. Her album concludes with even more seldom-heard selections from the many lovely Swedish-language songs of Finnish master Jean Sibelius. This sublime album – further graced by pianist Brian Zeger’s peerless collaboration – will take your breath away, and leave you hungry for more from Jamie Barton, considered by many of the world’s top vocal and operatic experts to be the rising mezzo of our time.
Mariss Jansons & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Mahler: Symphony No. 7 in E Minor (2018)

Mariss Jansons & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Mahler: Symphony No. 7 in E Minor (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | Digital booklet | 01:19:53 | 333 Mb
Classical | Label: RCO Live

Mariss Jansons’s international reputation as a Mahler conductor is indisputable. During his tenure as chief conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Jansons did not record a full cycle of Mahler symphonies. With this new 2016 recording that project is now nearing completion. Mahler himself led the Concertgebouw Orchestra in the Dutch premiere of the Seventh in October 1909. How must the audience in the Main Hall have reacted to this whimsical work with its night-time atmosphere and eerie sounds? Although this vast symphony, featuring a number of unconventional instruments like the mandolin and guitar, did not catch on right away, it would slowly but surely win the hearts of music lovers everywhere.