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Symphonies Nos.4-6
Gustav Mahler

Philharmonia Orchestra / Sarah Fox / Lorin Maazel

Symphonies Nos.4-6

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Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212036129
Catnr: SIGCD 361
Release date: 20 June 2014
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Signum Classics
UPC
0635212036129
Catalogue number
SIGCD 361
Release date
20 June 2014
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About the album

Lorin Maazel and the Philharmonia Orchestra perform Mahler’s Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Symphonies.
This four-disc box is the second set in a series that will encompass Mahler’s Nine Symphonies, featuring live orchestral recordings from London’s Royal Festival Hall of Maazel and the Philharmonia’s much-lauded Mahler Cycle.

Mahlers symfonieën uitgevoerd door wereldorkest en uitmuntende sopraan
Lorin Maazel en het Philharmonia Orchestra geven hier een uitvoering van Mahlers Vierde, Vijfde en Zesde Symfonieën. Dit is de tweede set in een serie die Mahlers Negen Symfonieën omvat, met live orkestrale opnames vanuit Londens Royal Festival Hall. Ze worden bijgestaan door de sopraan Sarah Fox.

Sarah Fox is een Engelse operazangeres die in vele grote opera’s heeft gezongen, waaronder Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro en Fidelio. Ze wordt beschreven als een lust voor het oor en het hart, en haar stem wordt als fris en kristalhelder ervaren. Fox heeft een zeer uitgebreid repertoire en heeft overal ter wereld opgetreden met de grootste orkesten, waaronder de San Francisco Symphony en de Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Lorin Maazel was een Amerikaanse componist, dirigent en violist. Hij werd bekend door zijn optredens als dirigent van het Wiener Philharmoniker tijdens de nieuwjaarsconcerten, waar hij ook viool speelde. Hij kende zijn repertoire volledig uit het hoofd en kon zonder partituur dirigeren. Hij overleed in 2014 op 84-jarige leeftijd.

Artist(s)

Sarah Fox (soprano)

Born in Yorkshire, Sarah Fox is one of the leading English sopranos of her generation. She was educated at Giggleswick School, London University and the Royal College of Music. A former winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award and the John Christie Award, she is also an Honorary Fellow of Royal Holloway College, London University. She is equally at home in many musical genres including opera, folksong and musical theatre. Roles at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden have included Micaela/Carmen, Asteria/Tamerlano, Zerlina/Don Giovanni and Woglinde/Der Ring des Nibelungen. Other highlights include Asteria in Munich and Barcelona (opposite Domingo); Zerlina at Glyndebourne and in Cincinnati; Woglinde for Salzburg & Aix-en- Provence festivals; Susanna/Le Nozze di Figaro for Glyndebourne & The Royal Danish...
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Born in Yorkshire, Sarah Fox is one of the leading English sopranos of her generation. She was educated at Giggleswick School, London University and the Royal College of Music. A former winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award and the John Christie Award, she is also an Honorary Fellow of Royal Holloway College, London University. She is equally at home in many musical genres including opera, folksong and musical theatre.
Roles at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden have included Micaela/Carmen, Asteria/Tamerlano, Zerlina/Don Giovanni and Woglinde/Der Ring des Nibelungen. Other highlights include Asteria in Munich and Barcelona (opposite Domingo); Zerlina at Glyndebourne and in Cincinnati; Woglinde for Salzburg & Aix-en- Provence festivals; Susanna/Le Nozze di Figaro for Glyndebourne & The Royal Danish Opera; Ilia/Idomeneo with De Vlaamse Opera; and Mimi/La Bohème for Opera North.
Her prestigious concert career has taken her worldwide. Highlights have included engagements in Denver, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, The Faeroe Islands and Bermuda as well as tours throughout the UK, Europe & Scandinavia. She has worked with many of the world’s leading orchestras including the Academy of Ancient Music, Berlin Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Concerto Cologne, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Hallé, Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Philharmonia, the San Francisco Symphony and the Vienna Tonklunster Orchestra with conductors including Elder, Hickox, Maazel, Mackerras, Pappano & Rattle. She has appeared several times at the BBC Proms, the Edinburgh Festival & the Three Choirs Festival and is a regular guest with the Classical Opera Company and at London’s Wigmore Hall. She is also a highly accomplished recitalist with a particular affinity for French Song.
She performs frequently with John Wilson and his Orchestra; she is a regular guest on BBC Radio 2’s “Friday Night is Music Night”; and has performed a series of concerts with Rufus Wainwright in Europe. She was a judge on the second series of BBC TV’s “The Choir : Sing While You Work” with Gareth Malone.
Her discography includes Poulenc Songs (with Malcolm Martineau) for Signum Classics; Mahler’s 4th Symphony (Philharmonia/Mackerras and Philharmonia/Maazel) both for Signum; Vaughan Williams’ 3rd Symphony (Hallé/Elder) for the Hallé label; Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem (Colorado Symphony Orchestra/ Litton) and Poulenc Songs (with Graham Johnson) both for Hyperion; Leighton’s 2nd Symphony (BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Hickox) for Chandos; “That’s Entertainment” (John Wilson Orchestra) for EMI classics; and “Cole Porter in Hollywood” (John Wilson Orchestra) for Warner Classics.
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Philharmonia Orchestra

The Philharmonia was founded in 1945 by EMI producer Walter Legge, and has worked with a who’s who of 20th- and 21st-century music. Finnish conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali took up the baton as Principal Conductor in September 2021. The sixth person to hold the title, he is known for his expressive, balletic conducting style and irrepressible energy. Herbert von Karajan, Otto Klemperer, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Arturo Toscanini, Riccardo Muti and Esa-Pekka Salonen are just a few of the great artists to be associated with the Philharmonia, and the Orchestra has premiered works by Richard Strauss, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Errollyn Wallen, Kaija Saariaho and many others. Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, in the heart of London, has been the Philharmonia’s home since 1995. The Orchestra also has residencies at venues and festivals across England, each embracing a Learning & Engagement programme that empowers people to engage...
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The Philharmonia was founded in 1945 by EMI producer Walter Legge, and has worked with a who’s who of 20th- and 21st-century music. Finnish conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali took up the baton as Principal Conductor in September 2021. The sixth person to hold the title, he is known for his expressive, balletic conducting style and irrepressible energy.
Herbert von Karajan, Otto Klemperer, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Arturo Toscanini, Riccardo Muti and Esa-Pekka Salonen are just a few of the great artists to be associated with the Philharmonia, and the Orchestra has premiered works by Richard Strauss, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Errollyn Wallen, Kaija Saariaho and many others.
Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, in the heart of London, has been the Philharmonia’s home since 1995.
The Orchestra also has residencies at venues and festivals across England, each embracing a Learning & Engagement programme that empowers people to engage with, and participate in, orchestral music.
The Philharmonia’s international reputation is built in part on its extraordinary 76-year recording legacy, which in the last ten years has been built on by pioneering work with digital technology. The Orchestra’s installations and VR experiences have introduced hundreds of thousands of people to the symphony orchestra. The Philharmonia has won four Royal Philharmonic Society awards for its digital projects and audience engagement work.
The Philharmonia is the go-to orchestra for many film and videogame composers in the UK and Hollywood, and its music-making has been experienced by millions of cinema-goers and gamers. It has recorded around 150 soundtracks, with film credits stretching back to 1947.

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Lorin Maazel (conductor)

Composer(s)

Gustav Mahler

During his own time, Gustav Mahler was considered as one of the major conductors of Europe, but nowadays he is considered to a major composer who bridged the Late Romantic period to the modern age.  Few composers are so connected with the symphonic repertory as Gustav Mahler. Composing symphonies was his 'core business': in every aspect he developed the symphony towards, and sometimes even over, its absolute limits. Almost all of Mahler's symphonies are lenghty, demand a large orchestra and are particularly great in their expressive qualities. With rustic and mythical atmospheres (the start of the First Symphony), daunting chaos (the end of his Sixth), grand visions (end of his Second), cheerful melodies (opening Fourth), romantic melancholy (the famous adagio of...
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During his own time, Gustav Mahler was considered as one of the major conductors of Europe, but nowadays he is considered to a major composer who bridged the Late Romantic period to the modern age.

Few composers are so connected with the symphonic repertory as Gustav Mahler. Composing symphonies was his "core business": in every aspect he developed the symphony towards, and sometimes even over, its absolute limits. Almost all of Mahler's symphonies are lenghty, demand a large orchestra and are particularly great in their expressive qualities. With rustic and mythical atmospheres (the start of the First Symphony), daunting chaos (the end of his Sixth), grand visions (end of his Second), cheerful melodies (opening Fourth), romantic melancholy (the famous adagio of his Fifth), evocations of nature (his Third), megalomanic eruptions in the orchestra (his Eighth), and the clamant atonality of his unfinished Tenth, Mahler's musical palette seemed inexhaustible.

His symphonies are captivating, but some could find it a bit 'over the top' at times. For those, his orchestral songs could undoubtedly show there is an incredibly subtle and refined side to his compositional style as well.

In the Netherlands, Mahler is particularly popular due to its close bond with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, which was already established during his lifetime!


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Disc #1
01.
Symphony No. 4 in G Major: I. Bedächtig, nicht eilen
17:54
(Gustav Mahler) Philharmonia Orchestra
02.
Symphony No. 4 in G Major: II. In gemächlicher Bewegung, ohne Hast
09:52
(Gustav Mahler) Philharmonia Orchestra
03.
Symphony No. 4 in G Major: III. Ruhevoll, poco adagio
22:51
(Gustav Mahler) Philharmonia Orchestra
04.
Symphony No. 4 in G Major: IV. Sehr behaglich
10:21
(Gustav Mahler) Sarah Fox, Philharmonia Orchestra

Disc #2
01.
Symphony No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor: I. Trauermarsch. In gemessenem Schritt. Streng. Wie ein Kondukt
14:07
(Gustav Mahler) Philharmonia Orchestra
02.
Symphony No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor: II. Stürmisch bewegt, mit grösster Vehemenz
15:47
(Gustav Mahler) Philharmonia Orchestra
03.
Symphony No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor: III. Scherzo. Kräftig, nicht zu schnell
18:36
(Gustav Mahler) Philharmonia Orchestra
04.
Symphony No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor: IV. Adagietto. Sehr langsam
11:16
(Gustav Mahler) Philharmonia Orchestra
05.
Symphony No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor: V. Rondo-Finale. Allegro - Allegro giocoso. Frisch
16:20
(Gustav Mahler) Philharmonia Orchestra

Disc #3
01.
Symphony No. 6 in A Minor: I. Allegro energico, ma non troppo
25:56
(Gustav Mahler) Philharmonia Orchestra
02.
Symphony No. 6 in A Minor: II. Scherzo. Wuchtig
13:28
(Gustav Mahler) Philharmonia Orchestra
03.
Symphony No. 6 in A Minor: III. Andante
16:47
(Gustav Mahler) Philharmonia Orchestra
04.
Symphony No. 6 in A Minor: IV. Finale. Allegro moderato - Allegro energico
32:54
(Gustav Mahler) Philharmonia Orchestra
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