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CD-1021(6) MITROPOULOS CONDUCTS MAHLER. CD 1 (77:04): Symphony No. 1 in D major; Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra, (Carnegie Hall) 9 Jan. 1960 & Symphony No. 10 in F-sharp minor, Adagio and Andante/Adagio (only) Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra, 17 Jan. 1960. CD 2 (78:35): Symphony No. 3 in D minor, Beatrice Krebs, contralto; Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra, (Carnegie Hall) 15 April 1956. CD 3 (70:32): Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor, Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra, (Carnegie Hall) 2 Jan. 1960. CD 4 (74:33): Symphony No. 6 in A minor WDR (Köln Radio) Orchestra, 31 Aug. 1959. CD 5 (79:48): Symphony No. 8 in E-flat major Vienna Philharmonic, with Wiener Sängerknaben, Vienna State Opera Choir, Ges. d. Musikfreunde Choir, and Mimi Coertse & Hilde Zadek, sop., Lucretia West & Ira Malaniuk, cont., Giuseppe Zampieri, ten., Hermann Prey, barit. & Otto Edelmann, bass. 28 Aug. 1960 (Salzburg Festival). CD 6 (73:48): Symphony No. 9 in E-flat major Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra, (Carnegie Hall) 23 Jan. 1960. Originally issued in 1995 with same number; reissued 2011 in re-designed digipack with new booklet; audio unchanged. 6 CDs for the price of 4. UPC # 0-17685-10212-7.

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Disc 1 Sound Clips (MP3):

1. Mahler- Symphony No. 1- I. Langsam, Schleppend
2. Mahler- Symphony No. 1- II. Kraftig bewegt
3. Mahler- Symphony No. 1- III. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen
4. Mahler- Symphony No. 1- IV. Sturmisch bewegt

Disc 2 Sound Clips (MP3):

1. Mahler- Symphony No. 3- I. Kraftig. Entschieden
2. Mahler- Symphony No. 3- II. Tempo di Menuetto
3. Mahler- Symphony No. 3- III. Comodo. Scherzando. Ohne Hast
4. Mahler- Symphony No. 3- IV. Sehr langsam. Misterioso
5. Mahler- Symphony No. 3- V. Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck
6. Mahler- Symphony No. 3- VI. Langsam. Ruhevoll. Empfunden

Disc 3 Sound Clips (MP3):

1. Mahler- Symphony No. 5- I. Trauermarsch. In gemessenem Schritt. Streng
2. Mahler- Symphony No. 5- II. sturmisch bewegt, mit grosster Vehemenz
3. Mahler- Symphony No. 5- III. scherzo. Kraftig, nicht zu schnell
4. Mahler- Symphony No. 5- IV. Adagietto. Sehr langsam
5. Mahler- Symphony No. 5- V. rondo-Finale. Allegro

Disc 4 Sound Clips (MP3):

1. Mahler- Symphony No. 6- I. Allegro energico, ma non tropo
2. Mahler- Symphony No. 6- II. Scherzo. Wuchtig
3. Mahler- Symphony No. 6- III. Andante moderato
4. Mahler- Symphony No. 6- IV. Finale. Sosentuto

Disc 5 Sound Clips (MP3):

1. Mahler- Symphony No. 8- I. Hymnus- Veni, creator spiritus
2. Mahler- Symphony No. 8- II. Schlusszene aus Faust

Disc 6 Sound Clips (MP3):

1. Mahler- Symphony No. 9- I. Andante comodo
2. Mahler- Symphony No. 9- II. Im Tempo eines gemachlichen Landlers
3. Mahler- Symphony No. 9- III. Rondo. Burleske
4. Mahler- Symphony No. 9- IV. Adagio

BUZZ: Originally offered as a belated tribute on the centenary of Dimitri Mitropoulos' birth, this collection presents some of Mitropoulos's finest performances of Mahler, one of his favorite composers (he premiered the Mahler Sixth in America and died while rehearsing Mahler's Third), drawn primarily from the 1960 New York Mahler Festival. The original booklet essay has been replaced with a note by UK critic Tony Duggan.

Here are some critical reactions to the original release:

"This is a fabulous collection: an orgy of great music interpreted greatly."
-Raymond Tuttle, Fanfare

"This is an important set. The Ninth is among the best ever made. Throughout, Mitropoulos applies tempo fluctuations and rubato judiciously, leans into waltz and landler movements with a swing not found elsewhere, and always communicates the inner passions that animate this great music."
-Dan Davis, The Absolute Sound

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