Mahler: Symphony No. 1, Strauss, Wagner
Erich Leinsdorf
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4840184
Barcode
00028948401840
Format
2-CD
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CD 1
GUSTAV MAHLER (1860–1911)
Symphony No. 1

CD 2
RICHARD WAGNER (1813–1883)
Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg Music (concert version)°

RICHARD STRAUSS (1864–1949)
Concert Suite from ‘Der Rosenkavalier’*

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Mahler)
London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus° (Wagner, Strauss)
Erich Leinsdorf

*FIRST CD RELEASE ON DECCA

Track previews
Symphony No. 1 in D: 1. Langsam. Schleppend
Symphony No. 1 in D: 2. Kräftig bewegt
Symphony No. 1 in D: 3. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen
Symphony No. 1 in D: 4. Stürmisch bewegt
Tannhäuser - Concert version: Overture And Venusberg Music
Concert Suite from "Der Rosenkavalier"
Recording information

Recording Producer: Tony d’Amato
Balance Engineer: Arthur Lilley
Recording Location: Kingsway Hall, London, UK 19–20 April 1971 (Mahler), 14 February 1969 (Wagner, Strauss)
Remastering Engineer: Chris Bernauer
Original Decca ‘Phase 4’ LP Releases: PFS 4232 (Mahler); PFS 4187 (Wagner, Strauss)

Reviews

‘For those who want big, splendid orchestral sounds, the total is a notable record … If you want a Rosenkavalier suite, this offers gorgeous, realistic sound, an extremely vigorous and yet sympathetic performance and the least number of fractures, awkward transitions, and simple lapses into vulgarity.’ High Fidelity, October 1970 (Wagner/Strauss)

‘A good, solid large-scale recording, beautifully engineered – musically and electronically – with scope, dimension, clarity, and a good deal of power. Leinsdorf and these excellent English musicians succeed in sorting out the vastly overlong and difficult finale to this remarkable work, and the sonics of this recording are not the least of its attractions.’ High Fidelity, October 1972 (Mahler)

‘Although Leinsdorf might not be as poetic as Kubelik, his is a strong and colourful version, finely controlled and built with sustained concentration. The recording, with brass well forward, is one of the best made in Decca’s Phase Four system.’ Penguin Guide, 1982 (Mahler)