Recordings with Valery Gergiev

In September 2016, the first CD recordings under the orchestra’s own label »MPHIL« and which document the conductor’s work with the Munich Philharmonic were released. Further recordings focussing on Anton Bruckner’s symphonies, are in preparation.

Mahler: Symphony No. 4

World-premiered with the composer himself by the Munich Philharmonic and now released on their very own label MPHIL: Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 under Valery Gergiev!

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Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Gustav Mahler and the Munich Philharmonic share a very special connection. As a composer he sustainably linked the 19th century Austro-German tradition and the modernism of the early 20th century. The world premiere of his Symphony No. 4 took place under his baton on 25 November 1901 in Munich’s »Großen Kaim-Saal« with the then called »Kaim-Orchester«, present day Munich Philharmonic. His works have been a substantial part of the Munich Philharmonic’s core repertoire ever since and the orchestra has excelled on many occasions.

After the outstandingly successful first MPHIL release of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in September 2016 now follows the release of the Symphony No. 4 with which the orchestra’s history is so closely intertwined. The live concert recording released on this album took place at the Philharmonie im Gasteig in Munich, the orchestra’s home, with Salzburg soprano Genia Kuehmeier. Another critically acclaimed performance took place in New York’s Carnegie Hall: »Mahler’s 4th Symphony was the real payoff, with exceptional playing from the strings and with the song of the finale gorgeously sung by Genia Kuehmeier« (The New York Times, April 6th 2017).

Valery Gergiev has paid the Austro-German repertoire particular attention throughout his career, which ignited a lasting fascination for Gustav Mahler. Over recent decades he has continued to explore the Austro-German repertoire, garnering adulation, especially for his interpretations of Wagner, Strauss, Mahler and Bruckner – music that is at the very heart of the Munich Philharmonic’s repertoire. This second season with Maestro Gergiev as principal conductor has continued a stimulating artistic relationship with the orchestra. This success is repeatedly confirmed and reinforced by the audience, international and German press.

GENIA KÜHMEIER, soprano
VALERY GERGIEV, conductor
MÜNCHNER PHILHARMONIKER

RECORDING DATE: 21-23 & 28 March 2017
RECORDING LOCATION: Philharmonie im Gasteig, München
PRODUCER: Johannes Müller
BALANCE ENGINEER: Gerald Junge
EDITING: Christian Starke
MASTERING: Christoph Stickel
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Münchner Philharmoniker


Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9

An exclusive digital archive release of a concert recording from 4 November 2015 of Dmitry Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9, conducted by Valery Gergiev.

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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9

An exclusive digital archive release of a concert recording from 4 November 2015 of Dmitry Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9, conducted by Valery Gergiev.

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Strauss: »Don Juan« and »Ein Heldenleben«

On 31 March 2017 the Munich Philharmonic released another concert recording on their very own MPHIL label, which will be available as a CD as well as a digital album. The recording is from September 2016 and features Richard Strauss’ »Don Juan« and »Ein Heldenleben« under the baton of Maestro Valery Gergiev.

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Strauss: »Don Juan« and »Ein Heldenleben«

On 31 March 2017 the Munich Philharmonic released another concert recording on their very own MPHIL label, which will be available as a CD as well as a digital album. The recording is from September 2016 and features Richard Strauss’ »Don Juan« and »Ein Heldenleben« under the baton of Maestro Valery Gergiev.
Richard Strauss and Munich share a very special connection. Not only was the composer born in Munich, several of his pieces had their world premiere here. His works have been a substantial part of the Munich Philharmonic’s core repertoire ever since and the orchestra has excelled on many occasions. This has become a lasting tradition for the orchestra that principal conductors such as Rudolf Kempe, Lorin Maazel, Christian Thielemann and now Valery Gergiev have continued and are continuing to grow.

Valery Gergiev has paid the German repertoire particular attention throughout his career, which ignited a lasting fascination for Richard Strauss. He has made it his specialty. Maestro Gergiev has excelled with this repertoire over recent years and continues to do so in concert halls and opera houses all over the world.
The two pieces on this recording »Ein Heldenleben« and »Don Juan« embody the perfect blend of what was of importance in the musical tradition of the 19th century: symphonic composition and programme music. Richard Strauss was an expert and a pioneer in the exploration of bringing the two together in his compositions.

This second season with Maestro Gergiev has continued a stimulating artistic relationship with the orchestra. This success is repeatedly confirmed and reinforced by the audience and German press. Several international tours with Maestro Gergiev, in Europe and the USA, will take place in the spring to continue to share this prosperity also with international audiences and media.

VALERY GERGIEV, conductor
MÜNCHNER PHILHARMONIKER

RECORDING DATES: 14-17. September 2016
RECORDING LOCATION: Philharmonie im Gasteig, München
PRODUCER: Johannes Müller
BALANCE ENGINEER: Gerald Junge
EDITING: Johannes Müller
MASTERING: Christoph Stickel
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Münchner Philharmoniker

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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 15

An exclusive digital archive release of a concert recording from 11 December 2015 of Dmitry Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 15, conducted by Valery Gergiev.

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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 15

An exclusive digital archive release of a concert recording from 11 December 2015 of Dmitry Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 15, conducted by Valery Gergiev.

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 »Romantic«

The Fourth Symphony is the only one of his symphonies to which Anton Bruckner assigned a title. By the use of the term Romantic, he was a referring to a medieval world, similar to the settings of many of Wagner’s operas and depicting nature, forests, and birdsong with chivalrous knights on horseback.

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 »Romantic«

Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic share an exceptionally close association with the music of Anton Bruckner. The orchestra has made more recordings of Bruckner than any other composer and more recordings of his fourth symphony than any other symphony.

The Fourth Symphony is the only one of his symphonies to which Anton Bruckner assigned a title. By the use of the term Romantic, he was a referring to a medieval world, similar to the settings of many of Wagner’s operas and depicting nature, forests, and birdsong with chivalrous knights on horseback.
The symphony was recorded during performances marking the inauguration of Valery Gergiev as the orchestra’s new Music Director.

VALERY GERGIEV, conductor
MÜNCHNER PHILHARMONIKER

RECORDING DATES: 22-23 September 2015
RECORDING LOCATION: Philharmonie im Gasteig, Munich

PRODUCER: Johannes Müller
RECORDING ENGINEER: Gerald Junge
EDITING: Johannes Müller
MASTERING: Christoph Stickel
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Münchner Philharmoniker
PUBLISHING CREDITS: Zweite Fassung von 1878–86 in der Edition von Leopold Nowak (1953)

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 »Ressurection«

The recording of Mahler’s Second Symphony was made during the opening concerts of Valery Gergiev’s first season as Music Director of the Munich Philharmonic. For this astonishing recording, Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic are joined by soprano Anne Schwanewilms and mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina, as well as the magnificent Munich Philharmonic Choir.

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 »Ressurection«

The recording of Mahler’s Second Symphony was made during the opening concerts of Valery Gergiev’s first season as Music Director of the Munich Philharmonic. The Munich Philharmonic had an especially close relationship with Gustav Mahler and has long been associated with his music. Mahler conducted the Munich Philharmonic at the world premieres of his very own Fourth and Eighth Symphonies.

Although he rarely offered direct insight into any specific meaning behind his music, Mahler’s symphonies are characterised by the sense of a composer openly expressing his emotions regarding the great struggle of “life”. His epic second symphony, often referred to as The Resurrection Symphony, culminates in a spectacular final movement, complete with chorus, as the music passes though darkness to a place of redemption and elation.

For this astonishing recording, Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic are joined by soprano Anne Schwanewilms and mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina, as well as the magnificent Munich Philharmonic Choir.

VALERY GERGIEV, conductor
ANNE SCHWANEWILMS, soprano
OLGA BORODINA, mezzo-soprano
MÜNCHNER PHILHARMONIKER
PHILHARMONISCHER CHOR MÜNCHEN (ANDREAS HERRMANN, chorus master)

RECORDING DATES: 16-20 September 2015
RECORDING LOCATION: Philharmonie im Gasteig, Munich

PRODUCER: Johannes Müller
BALANCE ENGINEER: Christiane Voitz
EDITING: Johannes Müller
MASTERING: Christoph Stickel
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Münchner Philharmoniker
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER FOR BR KLASSIK: Pauline Heister

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