MAHLER Symphony No 9 (2011)

Mahler

London Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev

When Gustav Mahler died in 1911, not quite 51 years old, he left two works complete but unperformed: the symphonic song-cycle Das Lied von der Erde (‘The Song of the Earth’) and the purely orchestral Ninth Symphony. When these works were heard for the first time, the year following Mahler’s death, listeners were struck by their intense preoccupation with mortality – clear enough in the texts of Das Lied von der Erde, and unmistakable in the expressive tone of the Ninth Symphony. Alban Berg, who adored Mahler, described the first movement as ‘the expression of an exceptional fondness for this earth, the longing to live in peace on it, to enjoy nature to its depths – before death comes. For he comes irresistibly. The whole movement is permeated with premonitions of death’.

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London Symphony Orchestra

The LSO was formed in 1904 as London’s first self-governing orchestra and has been resident orchestra at the Barbican since 1982. Valery Gergiev became Principal Conductor in 2007 following in the footsteps of Hans Richter, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Thomas Beecham, André Previn, Claudio Abbado and Michael Tilson Thomas, among others. Sir Colin Davis had previously held the position since 1995 and from 2007 became the LSO’s first President since Leonard Bernstein. The Orchestra gives numerous concerts around the world each year, plus more performances in London than any other orchestra. It is the world’s most recorded symphony orchestra and has appeared on some of the greatest classical recordings and film soundtracks. The LSO also runs LSO Discovery, its ground-breaking education programme that is dedicated to introducing the finest music to young and old alike and lets everyone learn more from the Orchestra’s players. For more information visit lso.co.uk

Valery Gergiev

Valery Gergiev is Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Stars of the White Nights Festival (St Petersburg), the Moscow Easter Festival, the Gergiev Rotterdam Festival, the Mikkeli International Festival, and the Red Sea Festival in Eilat, Israel. His inspired leadership as Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre since 1988 has brought universal acclaim to this legendary institution. Born in Moscow, he studied conducting with Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory, won the Herbert von Karajan Conductors’ Competition aged 24, and made his Mariinsky Opera debut one year later conducting Prokofiev’s War and Peace. In 2003 he led St Petersburg’s 300th anniversary celebrations, and opened the Carnegie Hall season with the Mariinsky Orchestra,the first Russian conductor to do so since Tchaikovsky conducted the Hall’s inaugural concert in 1891. Valery Gergiev’s many awards include a Grammy, the Dmitri Shostakovich Award, the Golden Mask Award, People’s Artist of Russia Award, and France’s Royal Order of the Legion of Honour. His vast discography includes Russian operas, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky Symphonies, and numerous discs on the LSO Live and Mariinsky labels, including a Mahler Symphony cycle, Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Wagner’s Parsifal, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and a disc of Debussy’s music.

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MAHLER Symphony No 9 (2011)

Mahler

London Symphony Orchestra

Producer: James Mallinson
Recording Engineer: Jonathan Stokes (Classic Sound)
Recording location: Barbican, London England
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Symphony No 9 - Andante comodo
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Symphony No 9 - Im Tempo eines gemaechlichen Laendlers
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Symphony No 9 - Rondo-Burleske
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Symphony No 9 - Adagio. Sehr langsam und noch zurueckhaltend
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