Composer: Gustav Mahler
Performer: Martha Lipton – mezzo-soprano
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Number of Discs: 2 SACD-R
Bit Depth: 64(2.8 MHz/1 Bit)
Number of channels: 5.0, 2.0
Label: Columbia / Sony Music
Size: 5.92 GB
Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 3 in D minor
01. 2.Satz:Tempo di Menuetto. Sehr Massig
02. 3.Satz:Comodo. Scherzando. Ohne Hast
03. 4.Satz:Sehr langsam; Misterioso.
04. 5.Satz:Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck
05. 6.Satz:Langsam. Ruhevoll. Empfunden
01. 1.Satz:Kraftig. Entschieden
Leonard Bernstein’s first complete cycle of the Mahler symphonies, in the Japanese stereo/multichannel releases of what were originally 3-channel recordings.
Mahler’s 3rd Symphony is the heart of the Wunderhorn symphonies, three works based in part on the series of poems Das Knaben Wunderhorn, some of which Mahler had already adapted into lieder. The third symphony shows the continued development of Mahler’s style, and also shows the composer reaching a bit to excess on time, composing his longest symphony – and the longest non-operatic work regularly played by orchestras to this day. Mahler composed a brief description of the movements, being:
“Pan Awakes, Summer Marches In”
“What the Flowers in the Meadow Tell Me”
“What the Animals in the Forest Tell Me”
“What Man Tells Me”
“What the Angels Tell Me”
“What Love Tells Me”
Although the 3rd does occasionally go on a bit, it is surprisingly exciting for a work that spans over 100 minutes on average. This is another occasion where the Bernstein/New York Recording is one of the tops.
If you want Bernstein on Mahler, there’s no better place than his televised “Young People’s Concert” on Mahler.
Musicweb has a comprehensive review of the entire cycle in the DSD remastering (but on RBCD)