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Sir John Barbirolli, Janet Baker, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Mahler: Symphony No. 5, Five Rückert Lieder

Warner Classics

  • £27.54

Format: 2 x LP
ICPN: 0190296730641
Release Date: 05 Nov 2021
Genre: Classical

Caution: mythic record! Though critics first considered Barbirolli’s recordings of Mahler symphonies with circumspection, these are now regarded as landmark performances, on top of the Mahlerian discography. This fifth symphony, the last recording Barbirolli devoted to Mahler, is an essential testimony of the conductor’s art. It is accompanied by the Rückert-Lieder sung by Janet Baker, a perfect example of the two artists’ perfect mutual understanding in Mahler’s vocal music. This landmark recording is released on LP with the fine HD remastering made for the Barbirolli Complete Warner Edition.

“Barbirolli’s famous 1969 version on any count is one of the greatest, most warmly affecting performances ever committed to disc, expansive, yet concentrated in feeling: the Adagietto is very moving … A classic version.” The Penguin Guide to Classical Music

“… an interpretation of commitment and intensity and the recording is one of the finest I have heard from EMI.” Gramophone



Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor
SIDE A I. Trauermarsch. In gemessenem Schritt
II. Stürmisch bewegt. Mit grösster Vehemenz
SIDE B III. Scherzo. Kräftig, nicht zu schnell
SIDE C IV. Adagietto. Sehr langsam
V. Rondo – Finale. Allegro

Fünf Rückert-Lieder
SIDE D I. Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder!
II. Ich atmet’ einen linden Duft!
III. Um Mitternacht
IV. Liebst du um Schönheit (orch. Max Puttman)
V. Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen

Dame Janet Baker mezzo-soprano
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Sir John Barbirolli

Recorded: 16-18.VII.1969: Town Hall, Watford, Hertfordshire (STEREO)
Producer: Ronald Kinloch Anderson · Balance engineer: Allen Stagg & Stuart Eltham
Remastered in 2020 from original tapes by Art & Son Studio, Annecy
First release as HMV ASD 2518/2519, matrix 2YEA 3841/3483
Total timing: 94 minutes
Original cover artwork
A Warner Classics release, (P) 1969, Remastered (P) 2020 Parlophone Records Ltd. © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited.


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