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Pentatone – The Mahler Symphonies [DSD Bundle]

Chen Reiss, Christiane Karg, Czech Philharmonic, Elisabeth Kulman, Jan Voboril, Prague Philharmonic Choir, Semyon Bychkov, Stanislav Masaryk

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Mahler Symphony No. 2

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Mahler Symphony No. 5

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The Czech Philharmonic is one of the world’s most acclaimed orchestras, with a rich tradition of performing Czech masters and music from Central Europe. Semyon Bychkov has led the greatest orchestras of the world, and is Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Czech Philharmonic as of the 2018/2019 season. Together they bring us the Pentatone Mahler series. It is the label’s first ever full Mahler cycle, and the Czech Philharmonic’s first survey of this extraordinary symphonic opus since their recording under Václav Neumann between 1976 and 1982. The series begins with Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 recorded in April 2022 and continues with Symphony No. 5 (October, 2022) and the latest release Symphony No. 2 (April 2023).

Mahler Symphony No. 4

Although chiefly active in Vienna during the heyday of his career, Mahler was born in what is now the Czech Republic, and through this recording project, he returns to his native soil. For conductor Semyon Bychkov, Mahler’s symphonies are all about expressing the polyphony of life, and recording these works is the fulfilment of a life-long fascination. This cycle deliberately starts with the most popular and frequently-played Fourth, famous for its macabre scherzo, soothing slow movement and heavenly finale, sung by soprano Chen Reiss.

Mahler Symphony No. 5

The Fifth Symphony marks an important turning point in Mahler’s symphonic output, away from the prominence of vocal movements in his previous symphonies. And whereas the Fifth seems to follow a teleology from darkness to light like its predecessors, the trajectory is much less straightforward, and full of enigmatic turns. Bychkov’s exceptional eye for detail and pacing make him an ideal guide through this work, while the Czech Philharmonic is capable of letting all the colours of Mahler’s score shine.

Mahler Symphony No. 2

After critically-acclaimed recordings of Mahler’s Fourth and Fifth Symphony, the Czech Philharmonic and Semyon Bychkov continue their Pentatone Mahler cycle with a rendition of the composer’s Second, nicknamed “The Resurrection”. They are joined by soprano Christiane Karg, alto Elisabeth Kulman and the Prague Philharmonic Choir. Starting with a funeral march, passing through the introspective alto song “Urlicht” and ending in choral bliss and euphoria, Mahler’s Second is a deeply spiritual and personal contemplation on the secret of life and the possibility of overcoming death. For Bychkov, the symphony “shows the life cycle in all its struggles: suffering, joy, irony, humor, love and doubt.”

Chen Reiss, Soprano
Christiane Karg, Soprano
Elisabeth Kulman, Alto
Jan Voboril, French Horn Solo
Stanislav Masaryk, Trumpet Solo
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Prague Philharmonic Choir
Semyon Bychov, Conductor

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Mahler Symphony No. 2

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Mahler Symphony No. 5

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