The concert during which this symphonie was recorded was one of the most impressive Harnoncourt concerts i have witnessed. From the first note played by the topform Concertgebouw orchestra the audience was completely captured by the magic of this music, by its confronting power to self, by the mirror that the artists so painfully held up to the audience. Some left weeping. Unfortunately, the disc can only capture a little bit of that atmosphere, but that which it has captured brings back the full works, and I am sure that the listener who has not attended the concert will be able to capture the very same thing.
Harnoncourt proves again that he is not only a masterfull conductor, one of the great Maestro`s of this time, but even more so that he understands what people, what you and me, are all about, and that he is able to perform music in such a way that it is meaningfull to his audience, to you and me.
The symphonie itsself ofcourse is performed so often that it has lost much of its original meaning. Mr. Harnoncourt gives us a rendition that sounds as though it has just left the composer`s pen. Thoughts and impressions from a new world.... Listening to it causes a caleidoscope of images, scenes, feelings and colours to play behind me eyes and when it is over I do not have the energy left to listen to Vodnik-the water goblin- which is just as powerfull.