Mahler Planets

Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä - Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A Minor "Tragic" (2018)

Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä - Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A Minor "Tragic" (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, m3u, d. booklet | 366 MB
Label: BIS – BIS-2266 | Tracks: 04 | Time: 86:46 min
Classical, Orchestral

Albert Camus once wrote 'when I describe what the catastrophe of modern man looks like, music comes into my mind the music of Gustav Mahler'. If asked to specify a particular work, it is quite possible that Camus would have proposed Symphony No. 6 in A minor the symphony that Bruno Walter claimed portrayed 'a terrifying, hopeless darkness, without a human sound'. Nevertheless, the period during which Mahler wrote his Sixth was one of the most successful and happiest of his life prior to any marital difficulties, at the time of the birth of his second daughter Anna, his professional reputation growing.
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.
Virpi Raisanen - The Legacy Of Mahler (2012/2016) [DSD128 + Hi-Res FLAC]

Virpi Räisänen - The Legacy Of Mahler (2012/2016)
DSD128 (.dsf) 1 bit/5,6 MHz | Time - 53:24 minutes | 2,31 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 53:24 minutes | 890 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Virpi Räisänen, one of the most sought after Finnish female singing talents at the moment, has garnered an impressive list of honours and achievements both as a mezzo soprano and earlier as a concert violinist. Next to her successful violin career singing was always her other passion, earning her singing diploma with the highest distinction. Her warm mezzo voice and her strong musicality is leading her from one success to another. "The Legacy of Mahler" is a collection of late Romanticism Lieder by Mahler as well as Alban Berg, Arnold Schoenberg, Dmitri Shostakovich and Benjamin Britten, who were all strongly inspired by Mahler. Räisänen's duo partner at the piano is the highly-acclaimed Marita Viitasalo.
Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer - Mahler: Symphony No. 1 'Titan' (2012) [DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC]

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivàn Fischer - Mahler: Symphony No.1 'Titan' (2012)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time - 55:45 minutes | 1,29 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 55:45 minutes | 1 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Written when the composer was only in his late twenties, Mahler's first symphony is a study in optimism. 'In full sail' (his original title for the second movement) could be a motto for the whole work. In this vast symphony, we hear his love of nature and beauty, Mahler's childhood memories, fragments of distant military music, birdsong and even Yiddish folk tunes as they blend together into a paean to life and hope. The work's tribute to Beethoven is seen in its architecture, as it takes cues from his idol's famous ninth symphony. The fact that Mahler's first was debuted in the Hungarian capital Budapest gives Ivan Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra a unique connection to its history.
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)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | Scans included | 01:22:35 | 368 Mb
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi

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.