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MAHLER: SYMPHONIES - THE KLAUS TENNSTEDT RECORDINGS (9 CDS - LIVE RECORDINGS)
MAHLER: SYMPHONIES - THE KLAUS TENNSTEDT RECORDINGS (9 CDS - LIVE RECORDINGS)

MAHLER: SYMPHONIES - THE KLAUS TENNSTEDT RECORDINGS (9 CDS - LIVE RECORDINGS)

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This 9 CD boxed set features live recordings of a selection of Mahler’s symphonies documenting the extraordinary relationship between Klaus Tennstedt and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, which was characterised by life-affirming concerts and a genuine connection between musicians, conductor and audience.

Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Klaus Tennstedt
recorded 1985


Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Klaus Tennstedt
Yvonne Kenny (soprano), Jard van Nes (mezzo)
recorded 1989


Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Klaus Tennstedt
Heather Harper (soprano), Doris Soffel (mezzo)
recorded 1981


Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A minor 'Tragic'
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Klaus Tennstedt
recorded 1983


Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Klaus Tennstedt
Júlia Várady (soprano), Jane Eaglen (soprano), Susan Bullock (soprano), Trudeliese Schmidt (alto), Jadwige Rappé (alto), Kenneth Riegel (tenor), Eike Wilm Schulte (baritone), Hans Sotin (bass)
recorded 1991


Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Klaus Tennstedt
Thomas Hampson (baritone)
recorded 1991


Tennstedt and the LPO recorded a full Mahler cycle in the studio for EMI, however this new boxed set features only live concert recordings, which really capture Tennstedt’s inimitable talent. The special relationship Tennstedt enjoyed with both the LPO and Mahler’s works result in an intensity and changeability in live concert hall performances that was impossible to replicate in the studio.

Each symphony in this boxed set has been previously released on the LPO label to critical acclaim. Exclusive to this collection however is an earlier performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, recorded in 1981, and starring soloists Heather Harper and Doris Soffel. Reflected in the recoring from 1981 is a conductor in good health, clearly revelling in his relationship with his ‘romantic orchestra’; while the 1989 performance features a last movement that is of truly epic proportions. What we hear is that what Tennstedt lost in physical wellbeing in the intervening years, he more than made up for in dark intensity and angst.

This premium boxed set includes a 45 page booklet featuring archive images, press cuttings and anecdotes as well as accompanying texts and programme notes. Packaged in a specially designed clamshell box, this premium product is a real collector’s item.

This collection features performances from star soloists including Thomas Hampson, Yvonne Kenny, Jard van Nes, Heather Harper, Doris Soffel, Júlia Várady, Jane Eaglen, Susan Bullock, Trudeliese Schmidt, Jadwiga Rappé, Kenneth Riegel, Eike Wilm Schulte and Hans Sotin.

Artists
Yvonne Kenny (soprano), Jard van Nes (mezzo), Heather Harper (soprano), Doris Soffel (mezzo), Júlia Várady (soprano), Jane Eaglen (soprano), Susan Bullock (soprano), Trudeliese Schmidt (alto), Jadwige Rappé (alto), Kenneth Riegel (tenor), Eike Wilm Schulte (baritone), Hans Sotin (bass), Thomas Hampson (baritone)