Free delivery on all orders in the UK

William Steinberg

Legacy

More Views

Special Price: £ 9.99

Quick Overview

Mahler: Symphony No.2
Stefania Woytowicz, soprano / Anny Delorie, mezzo soprano
Kolner Rundfunkchor / Kolner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester
(Saal 1, Funkhuaus, Koln, 10 September 1965)

More details

Steinberg was a frequent performer of Mahler's works in the US though he only recorded the composer's Symphony No.1 with Pittsburg in 1952 for Capitol Records. This blazing account from 1965 of Mahler's titanic 'Resurrection' Symphony in brilliant stereo sound confirms his authority as a great Mahlerian.  Dutch contralto Annie Delorie (1925-2009) gives a stunning rendition of the 'Urlicht' and is joined in the final movement by the radiant Polish soprano Stefania Woytowicz (1922-2005). This live studio recording is a rarity, having never been issued before.

CD
Download (Full Album 320kbps mp3)


GUSTAV MAHLER 1860–1911

 

        Symphony No.2 in C minor ‘Resurrection’

        ut mineur ‘Résurrection’ · c-Moll ‘Auferstehung’

1      I    Allegro maestoso: Mit durchaus ernstem und feierlichem Ausdruck 19.51

2      II   Andante moderato: Sehr gemächlich 10.28

3      III  In ruhig fließender Bewegung 11.18

4      IV  ‘Urlicht’: Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht —  4.20

             (Text from Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

5      V   Im Tempo des Scherzo: Wild herausfahrend —

             ‘Aufersteh’n, ja aufersteh’n wirst du’ —

             ‘O glaube, mein Herz, o glaube’  33.40

             (Text: Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock/Gustav Mahler)

 

        Stefania Woytowicz soprano

        Anny Delorie contralto

        Kölner Rundfunkchor

        Chorus master: Herbert Schernus

        Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester

        Now renamed WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln

        WILLIAM STEINBERG

 

                Recorded: Saal 1, Funkhaus, Cologne, 10 September 1965

MAHLER - Symphony No.2 - 3rd Movement

Grade 
Martin Kendrick
08/Aug/2013

“...William Steinberg turns in a performance as powerful, both in its parts and as a totality, as anyone ever has. He gets a superb response from the orchestra, and there are moments here that really do set a new standard in this music...”

Classics Today

    Grade 
    Martin Kendrick
    08/Aug/2013

    “The interpretation is sympathetic and quite moving, and Steinberg charts a clear course through the symphony that makes it coherent and compelling.”

    All Music

      Grade 
      Martin Kendrick
      08/Aug/2013

      “Readers who, like me, have an aversion to overly luxuriant, emotionally manipulative Mahler will delight in William Steinberg's clear-headed 1965 Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra broadcast of the Resurrection Symphony, a startlingly direct statement of a score that is too often treated to extremes of mood and tempo. Steinberg's straightforward route means that the great climactic denouement is both well timed and genuinely uplifting.”

      Gramophone

        Grade 
        Martin Kendrick
        08/Aug/2013

        “William Steinberg was a much underrated, under-recorded Mahlerian. His tempi here in the Resurrection are textbook and the Cologne radio orchestra play well. The chorus and soloists are somewhat under-par and the sound imperfect, but the scarcity of performances in 1965 gives the occasion a seat-clenching tension.”

        Norman Lebrecht CD of the Week, La Scena Musicale

          Grade 
          Martin Kendrick
          08/Aug/2013

          “William Steinberg was a formidable Mahlerian and this archive retrieval of a 1965 Cologne concert is well worth hearing, if only for its crisp tempi and commendable lack of self-indulgence. The soloists Stefania Woylowicz and Anna Delorie go all warbly and the local chorus is alarmingly ragged, but the apotheosis comes off regardless. Apart from mishandling the offstage instruments and over-miking the harp, the radio recording sounds good for its age.”

          Norman Lebrecht CD of the Week, La Scena Musicale

            Grade 
            Martin Kendrick
            08/Aug/2013

            “This tremendous performance of Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Symphony opens in fiery and incisive terms, the conductor pushing the music ahead with palpable energy, then lingering awhile, yet embracing wholeness – all tremendously exciting, an account aflame with emotion and rough-hewn grandeur, aided by some decidedly rustic-sounding woodwinds. It’s thrilling and fluctuations of pace are very convincing; the first movement is full of character, some of it sinister, some of it wild.... This moving and exciting performance is captured in vivid stereo sound. Forty-six years on, and even in our Mahler-sated times, there is plenty of room for a Maher 2 as good and as distinctive as this one is.”

            ClassicalSource.com

              Add new review

              Add new review