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Mahler: Symphonies Nos 1 & 9

Gustav Mahler , Andrew Litton , Libor Pesek , Royal Philharmonic Orchestra , Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Audio CD

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony No. 9 in D: I. Andante comodoRoyal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Libor Pesek29:06Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No. 9 in D: II. Im Tempo eines gemächlichen Ländlers. Etwas täppisch und sehr derbRoyal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Libor Pesek16:03Album Only
Listen  3. Symphony No. 9 in D: III. Rondo-Burleske (Allegro assai. Sehr trotzig)Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Libor Pesek14:02Album Only

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony No. 9 in D: IV. Adagio (Sehr langsam und noch zurückhaltend)Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Libor Pesek25:45Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No. 1 in D: I. Langsam. Schleppend - Immer sehr gemächlichRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra/Andrew Litton15:45Album Only
Listen  3. Symphony No. 1 in D: II. (Scherzo) Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell - Trio: Recht gemächlichRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra/Andrew Litton 8:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No. 1 in D: III. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen - Sehr einfach und schlicht wie eine Volksweise - Wieder etwas bewegter, wie im AnfangRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra/Andrew Litton10:20Album Only
Listen  5. Symphony No. 1 in D: IV. Stürmisch bewegt - Langsam - Wieder wie zu Anfang. Stürmisch bewegt - Sehr landgam - Tempo IRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra/Andrew Litton19:10Album Only

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MAGNIFICENT MAHLER 9TH 7 July 2000
By demien - Published on
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This is one of the best versions of the MAHLER 9th symphony. I have heard the HIGHLY praised live KARAJAN,the BERNSTEIN BERLIN VERSION, the BARBIROLLI B.P.O. version to name a few and this version is just as compelling as those. MAESTRO PESEK has the orchestra in a whirlwind of inspiration and the playing is of the highest calibre. I can't believe that the ROYAL LIVERPOOL orchestra is not recognized as one of the finest ensembles in EUROPE because they display a virtuosity that is amazing. The sound of the recording is fabulous to the point where you feel that the orchestra is in your living room. MAESTRO PESEK brings forth the tragedy,inner isolation, and breakdown that the first movement evokes. The lunatic circus atmosphere of the second movement is brought forth vividly with point and humour. The chaos and madness of the third movement is played with brilliance and ends with the tempo sped up to a frenzy only to break down in the midst of the fury. MAESTRO PESEK then pulls out all the stops in the final movement evoking the despair, emptiness, and the inevitable death that is waiting at the door of the victim of this magnificent score. The movement concludes with acceptance and finally peace. This is a great recording with a heartfelt dedication from the players and a precision that is impressive. I feel that this recording is more compelling than both BERNSTEIN AND KARAJANS VERSIONS because PESEK has a better sense of precision which is one of the key elements to conducting. LEONARD BERNSTEIN didn't have a clear downbeat like the great GEORGE SZELL and HERBERT VON KARAJAN conducted with his eyes closed. What is this? Most honest musicians will tell you that the eyes are just as important as the movement of the baton but i guess promotion can build anything into the end all and be all. Not withstanding my this recording and be rewarded for such a low price.
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