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  • Audio CD (March 28 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000EHQ8G4
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
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1. Symphony No. 1 in D; Langsam Schleppend- Eugene Ormandy
2. Symphony No. 1 in D; Andante allegretto ("Blumine")- Eugene Ormandy, Gilbert Johnson
3. Symphony No. 1 in D; Kräftig, bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell- Eugene Ormandy
4. Symphony No. 1 in D; Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen- Eugene Ormandy, Roger Scott
5. Symphony No. 1 in D; Stürmisch bewegt- Eugene Ormandy
6. Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen (Songs Of A Wayfarer); 1. "Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht..."- Andrew Davis
7. Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen (Songs Of A Wayfarer); 2. "Ging heut' Morgen ubers Feld..." - Andrew Davis
8. Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen (Songs Of A Wayfarer); 3. "Ich hab' ein gluhend Messer,..." - Andrew Davis
9. Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen (Songs Of A Wayfarer); 4. "Die zwei blauen Augen..."- Andrew Davis

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6da15d0) out of 5 stars Wonderful Mahler Recording. BRAVO Mr. Gilbert Johnson!!! March 29 2006
By Benjamin Fairfield - Published on
Format: Audio CD
It's about time that this disc was released in the United States. Previously available only on record or a very scarce CD from RCA Japan, this is the first complete Mahler 1 recording to include the original second mvt. "Blumine." The entire symphony is wonderfully performed but of special note is the "Blumine" trumpet solo of the late Mr. Gilbert Johnson. Mr. Johnson had the most beautiful lyrical style and on this disc, he is clearly at his best. I hope we can expect more of the Philadelphia/Ormandy Mahler recordings to be released in US in the near future (Mahler 2 comes immediately to mind, are there others as well????) This is a great and historic recording and the Philadelphia Orchestra does not disappoint!! BRAVO to RCA for releasing this disc! Please don't stop there!!

Ben Fairfield
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa69b4e04) out of 5 stars Solid Gold from the RCA Back Catalogue Oct. 30 2013
By Johannes Climacus - Published on
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Ormandy's recording of the Mahler First is certainly one to consider if you want to hear the composer's original five-movement conception, with "Blumine" occupying second place between the first movement and the Scherzo.

In my estimation, however, that is not the main reason to purchase this inexpensive reissue ("Blumine," though charming, doesn't really add anything of substance to the symphony as we usually hear it); rather, it is for the terrific playing of the Philadelphians under their longime maestro, Euegene Ormandy. Ormandy may not the the first conductor that comes to mind in relation to Mahler, but on the basis of this delightfully atmospheric and dramatically compelling rendition, Ormandy's traversal must rank with the finest of rival versions. Though Horenstein/LSO still retains a unique place in nearly every Mahlerite's affections, Ormandy/Philadelphia is just as cogent as interpretation and superior in execution. The remastered recording is overwhelmingly clear and present, with plenty of "air" around the instruments. Antiphonal passages come through enghantingly.

I have to admit to being blown away by this recording, which I hadn't previously heard despite my decades-long obsession with this composer and his many interpreters. The Von Stade/Davis rendition of the *Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen* has been added as a substantial bonus. Though von Stade is in fine voice, and Davis provides sensitive collaboration, this version cannot rival the classic ones--Ludwig, Baker, Fischer-Dieskau in my book--for depth of insight into the youthful Mahler's romantic preoccupations and existential crises; but it an effective accountm, well worth hearing.

Strongly recommended to seasoned Mahlerites and first-time collectors alike.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5e6ff24) out of 5 stars Historical document! May 6 2012
By Hiram Gòmez Pardo Venezuela - Published on
Format: Audio CD
For many who firmly think Ormandy is not associated with Mahler's music; it would be convenient to remind he premiered Mahler's Second with the Minneapolis in the middle forties. This version is simply outstanding, not only due the radiant phrasing and exultant inspiration of the members of this prestigious orchestra.

Ormandy would conduct again Mahler's Second on November 2, 1972 with magnificent praises from critics and audiences.

For all of us who are well aware about the opulence and formidable strings, woods and metals of this superb ensemble, this album is a must-have all the way through.

Please, join to the club and make it yours. Your musical collection will never be complete in case you miss this one.

Absolutely recommended.
5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa66efbd0) out of 5 stars It's Ormandy. What else can be said? June 9 2007
By Bob DuHamel - Published on
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It's about time RCA released this recording on CD. I bought the cassette back in the 70s. This recording was my introduction to Mahler's 1st so all the "incomplete" recordings (without the "Blumine" movement) just don't seem right. This is a typical Ormandy performance with his usual meticulous attention to tempo and balance. To me it's the definitive recording of the symphony.
6 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6b3c48c) out of 5 stars This is how Ormandy does Mahler June 12 2006
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on
Format: Audio CD
In every generation there are popular artists like Andrea Bocelli, Mario Lanza, Andre Rieu, etc, who delight audiences but are the despair of critics. In his lifetime Eugene Ormandy was scorned among serious music lovers but adored by the record-buying public. This 60s recording of the Mahler First, complete with the 'Blumine' movement later discarded by the composer, shows both sides of Ormandy's conducting.

The plus side is that the orchestra plays gorgeously. There's a sheen to the sound lacking in Bernstein's contemporary Mahler recordings with the NY Phil. Ormandy was originally a violin virtuoso, and he knew how to get the best from a string section. But where Bernstein would go to any length to uncover the heart of a work, Ormandy was content to glide over the surface. We aren't remotely in Mahler's emotional world here--there's no tension, suffering, struggle, or epiphany. One bar follows another with lovely execution while the spirit of the music dies.

Time can't change that, but today's new audiences may not care as much. I will say that I like Ormandy's quicker than usual way with Blumine, and the trumpet playing of the big tune floats effortlessly. Also, when I first heard the Mahler First at eighteen, I adored the Leinsdorf Dynagroove version on RCA that is even stiffer than this one.

The generous filler is Mahler's 'Songs of a Wayfarer' cycle with Frederica von Stade conducted by the rather neutral Andrew Davis. The text works more naturally for a male singer, but mezzos like Birgitte Fassbaender have given searing performances. Von Stade, who despite her last name is far more comfortable in French than in German, gives a medium-cool performance that misses Mahler's intensity and anguish by a mile. Gorgeous tone, though.