Mahler: Symphonies 1-9 - Harding, Nelsons, Dudamel, Nézet-Séguin, Petrenko, Rattle, Haitink, Abbado

Mahler: Symphonies 1-9 - Harding, Nelsons, Dudamel, Nézet-Séguin, Petrenko, Rattle, Haitink, Abbado

Berliner Philharmoniker  BPHR 200361 (4 discs)


Classical - Orchestral

Mahler: 9 Symphonies, Adagio from Symphony No. 10

Sopranos: Lucy Crowe (2), Kristiane Karg (4), Erika Sunnegårdh (8), Susan Bullock (8), Anna Prohaska (8), Lilli Paasikivi (8)
Contraltos/Mezzos: Gerhild Romberger (2 & 3), Nathalie Stutzmann (8)
Tenor: Johan Botha (8)
Baritones: David Wilson-Johnson (8), John Relyea (8)
MDR Rundfunkchor (2, 8)
Knaben des Staats- und Domchors Berlin (3, 8)
Rundfunkchor Berlin (3, 8)
Berliner Philharmoniker
Daniel Harding (1), Andris Nelsons (2), Gustavo Dudamel (3 & 5), Yannick Nézet-Séguin (4), Kirill Petrenko (6), Sir Simon Rattle (7 & 8), Bernard Haitink (9), Claudio Abbado (10)

The edition brings together Berliner Philharmoniker recordings from the last ten years. It includes the nine completed symphonies and the Adagio of the Tenth, whose performance under the direction of Claudio Abbado on the 100th anniversary of Mahler’s death is one of the highlights. In addition to chief conductor Kirill Petrenko and his predecessor Sir Simon Rattle, the edition features other outstanding Mahler interpreters closely associated with the orchestra: Gustavo Dudamel, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Harding, Andris Nelsons and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

In the symphonies of Gustav Mahler, the monumental stands next to the delicate, the spiritual to the profane, the tragic to the humorous, and despair to the hope of redemption. Each Mahler symphony unfolds a world of its own that captivates the listener. In their interpretation, the creation of these musical universes requires the greatest possible commitment and unconditional dedication.

The Berliner Philharmoniker can look back on a long Mahler tradition. Gustav Mahler himself conducted the orchestra at the premiere of his Second Symphony in 1895. The establishment of Mahler's symphonies in concert life can ultimately be traced in the work of the chief conductors of recent decades. The complete works of Mahler play a central role in the repertoire of Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle and Kirill Petrenko.

The edition includes ten CDs and video recordings on Blu-ray. The comprehensive booklet contains introductions to the individual symphonies plus detailed essays by Stephen Johnson and Barbara Vinken. The renowned American artist Robert Longo designed the top-quality hardcover.

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PCM recording
Resolutions (2)
  • 2.0 LPCM 24bit/48kHz
  • 5.1 DTS HD MA 24bit/48kHz
Comments (5)

Comment by John Broggio - December 26, 2020 (1 of 5)

Two disappointing aspects to this release: no completed tenth symphony [Harding conducted this with the Berliners in 2013] and the, relatively, low-resolution audio specs.

Comment by DYB - January 4, 2021 (2 of 5)

I think Berliner Philharmoniker's live recordings are PCM 24/48, unless recordings are intended for commercial release from the get-go, in which case they have been at 24/192.

These hodge-podge collections (Bruckner and Mahler) are mixed bags. As a great skeptic of Gustavo Dudamel's talents I'm disappointed to see him on the list twice.

Comment by Sintolt the Hegeling - January 6, 2021 (3 of 5)

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Off topic.

Comment by Gordon Lilley - July 11, 2021 (4 of 5)

Unfortunately the 5.1 multichannel mix is only 16 bit. The 2.0 is 24 bit

Comment by Ben Leggett - September 5, 2022 (5 of 5)

I quite like Harding's performance of Symphony No. 1 here (sampled via streaming), but I'm not inclined to buy the whole box for one performance.

I hope they release that one separately, as it is a previously-unreleased performance.