IMP CD PCD-2020: MAHLER, Des Knaben Wunderhorn, BAKER 1995 UK SS
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Background for this listing -
Gustav Mahler (7 July 1860 – 18 May 1911) was a late-Romantic Austrian composer and one of the leading conductors of his generation. A Jew, he was born in the village of Kalischt, Bohemia, in what was then the Austrian Empire, now Kaliště in the Czech Republic. His family later removed to nearby Iglau (now Jihlava), where Mahler grew up.

As a composer, Mahler acted as a bridge between the 19th-century Austro-German tradition and the modernism of the early 20th century. While in his lifetime his status as a conductor was established beyond question, his own music gained wide popularity only after periods of relative neglect which included a ban on its performance in much of Europe during the Nazi era. After 1945 the music was discovered and championed by a new generation of listeners; Mahler then became one of the most frequently performed and recorded of all composers, a position he has sustained into the 21st century.

Born in humble circumstances, Mahler displayed his musical gifts at an early age. After graduating from the Vienna Conservatory in 1878, he held a succession of conducting posts of rising importance in the opera houses of Europe, culminating in his appointment in 1897 as director of the Vienna Court Opera (Hofoper). During his ten years in Vienna, Mahler—who had converted to Catholicism from Judaism to secure the post—experienced regular opposition and hostility from the anti-Semitic  press. Nevertheless, his innovative productions and insistence on the highest performance standards ensured his reputation as one of the greatest of opera conductors, particularly as an interpreter of the stage works of Wagner and Mozart. Late in his life he was briefly director of New York's Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic.

Mahler's œuvre is relatively small; for much of his life composing was necessarily a part-time activity while he earned his living as a conductor, but he devoted as much time as he could to his compositions, faithfully reserving his summer months for intense periods of creative concentration, supplemented as time permitted during his active concert seasons with the tasks of editing and orchestrating his expansive works. Aside from early works such as a movement from a piano quartet composed when he was a student in Vienna, Mahler's works are designed for large  orchestral forces, symphonic choruses and operatic soloists. Most of his twelve symphonic scores are very large-scale works, often employing vocal soloists and choruses in addition to augmented orchestral forces. These works were often controversial when first performed, and several were slow to receive critical and popular approval; exceptions included his Symphony No. 2, Symphony No. 3, and the triumphant premiere of his Eighth Symphony in 1910. Some of Mahler's immediate musical successors included the composers of the Second Viennese School, notably Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg and Anton Webern. Shostakovich and Benjamin Britten are among later 20th-century composers who admired and were influenced by Mahler. The International Gustav Mahler Institute was established in 1955, to honour the composer's life and work.

If you are looking for a well rounded recording of Mahler's Wunderhorn, look no further. This set features Janet Baker who is the perfect match for this cycle. Also, Geraint Evans is a great contributor to this set as well. This set is very rewarding. Wyn Morris' conducting is fabulous, bringing out the charm in each piece. This disc also contains "songs from a wayfarer".  

This listing is for a very rare, out of print CD title - a SEALED and MINT CD PRESSED and ISSUED by IMP CARLTON CLASSICS of a highly collectible title from their catalog - a superb title featuring -

Gustav MAHLER

CD title of this rare item -
DES KNABEN WUNDERHORN, etc.

Track listing:
1. REVELGE - LPO/Wyn Morris/Sir Geraint Evans
2. RHEINLEGENDCHEN - LPO/Wyn Morris/Dame Janet Baker
3. LIED DES VERFOLGTEN IM TURM - LPO/Wyn Morris/Dame Janet Baker/Sir Geraint Evans
4. WER HAT DIES LIEDLEIN ERDACHT? - LPO/Wyn Morris/Dame Janet Baker
5. LOB DES HOHEN VERSTANDS - LPO/Wyn Morris/Sir Geraint Evans
6. DER SCHILDWACHE NACHTIELD - LPO/Wyn Morris/Dame Janet Baker/Sir Geraint Evans
7. WO DIE SCHONEN TROMPETEN BLASEN - LPO/Wyn Morris/Dame Janet Baker
8. TROST IM UNGLUCK - LPO/Wyn Morris/Dame Janet Baker/Sir Geraint Evans
9. DES ANTONIUS VON PADUA - LPO/Wyn Morris/Dame Janet Baker
10. VERLORNE MUH - LPO/Wyn Morris/Dame Janet Baker/Sir Geraint Evans
11. DAS IRDISCHE LEBEN - LPO/Wyn Morris/Dame Janet Baker
12. DER TAMBOURSG' SELL - LPO/Wyn Morris/Sir Geraint Evans
13. WENN MEIN SCHATZ HOCHZEIT MACHT - Symphonica of London/Wyn Morris
14. GING HEUT' MORGEN UBER'S FELD - Symphonica of London/Wyn Morris
15. ICH HAB'EIN GLUHEND MESSER - Symphonica of London/Wyn Morris
16. DIE ZWEI BLAUEN AUGEN VON MEINEM SCHATZ - Symphonica of London/Wyn Morris

Performers on this item include -
Dame Janet Baker
Sir Geraint Evans
Roland Hermann
Symphonica of London
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Wyn Morris, conductor

The CD title is from the IMP CARLTON CLASSICS series of out of print CDs.

CD catalog # PCD 2020
CD was issued in 1995
CD was made in the UK (England / Great Britain)

The CDs, Jewel Case and INSERTS are all in MINT condition. The CDs are actually SEALED!!

This CD is an audiophile quality pressing (any collector of fine MFSL, half speeds, direct to discs, Japanese/UK pressings etc., can attest to the difference a quality pressing can make to an audio system).

Don't let this rarity slip by!!!

  • Item #: IMP CD PCD-2020
  • Manufacturer: IMP Carlton Classics
  • Condition: New

IMP CD PCD-2020: MAHLER, Des Knaben Wunderhorn, BAKER 1995 UK SS

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