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Mahler: Symphony No.3 (2 CDs)
 
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Mahler: Symphony No.3 (2 CDs)

31 Jan. 2014 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1999
  • Release Date: 31 Jan. 2014
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 2002 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
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  • Total Length: 1:37:21
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  • ASIN: B003TZVYCQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,196 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Morgan on 6 Nov. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Abbado's first recording of Mahler 3 (with the VPO) is superb in every way but this live recording with the Berliners is just as indispensable.
It takes a few minutes to get used to the odd acoustic but the opening horns signal something pretty special. In the first movement the timpani are more prominent than usual, giving the music a darker hue. As a so-called Wunderhorn symphony one might expect it to be sunnier here but then Abbado finds new things throughout.
Anna Larsson is fine in her solo (not a match for the more noble, creamier Jessye Norman on the VPO set) and as the last movement begins one is completely seduced by the music. As a movement it can so easily sag but here it unfolds unerringly, beautifully paced. The climax may not expand quite so gloriously as before but the frisson is there. I doubt whether there was a dry eye in the Festival Hall at the end and the prolonged applause speaks for itself.
This is a work that has been lucky on record and CD; I would certainly place this performance alongside the pioneering Horenstein and Abbado's VPO recordings as the ones to have. And, of course, it is a tribute to Abbado, a champion of Mahler's music throughout his career and surely one of the finest Mahlerians about today.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By rjmcr on 26 July 2010
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I'm afraid I have to pour a drop of cold water on the generally enthusiastic reviews of this recording.

Let me start by saying that this is indeed a beautiful performance, wonderfully played, and was obviously a very special night in London's concert history. It is also extraordinarily well-priced. However, two important considerations prevent me from awarding five stars.

First of all, beauty is not always what this symphony is about and I find Abbado's 'summer march' section of the first movement too restrained. Mahler's orchestration here really exceeds the limits of good taste and I always think conductors who fully embrace it, rather than try to civilise it, achieve the best results. Abbado's 'Mother Nature' is strikingly attired and enjoying herself but she's obviously driving home after the party. By comparison, Bernstein's ( DG Mahler: Symphony No.3 ), and even Rattle's ( EMI Mahler: Symphony No.3 ) are in their best party gear and dancing on the tables. Abbado gave me no adrenalin rush at the end of the movement and, for me, that puts the rest of the performance somewhat on the back foot.

Luckily, the next two movements are a joy and a brilliant showpiece for the individual talents of the Berlin Phil.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Jan. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Now we can all share the magic of a very, very special evening in the Royal Festival Hall in 1999. The Berlin Philharmonic's performance that night defies description, defies superlatives for me. Mahler's magnificent depiction of the evolution of life on Earth could surely never receive a more resounding or moving performance. The playing is peerless, and I just can't see how it can ever be bettered.
Personally I find this one of the very greatest of Mahler's symphonies. From the thrilling intensity of the first movement, through to the beautiful, angelic voices in the fifth, this is uplifting, life-enhacing music par excellence. Then there is the magnificently romantic sixth movement, the crowning glory of the whole piece.
At the end, the audience goes wild. Who can blame them?
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mahlerian Duck on 12 Feb. 2008
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This review will be very brief (unlike the Symphony)
I have been collecting Mahler recordings since I was mesmerised by his music during the early 70's. I have Abbado's previous recording with the VPO and Jessye Norman. It's a beautiful recording but is somewhat limited in dynamic range and is not overly realistic. The latest (BPO recording) is stunning and although the accoustic is less than ideal (RFH London) the performance is magnificent, in particular the final movement is a dream...I could go on. At the price Amazon is asking I would suggest to anyone with a love of this music to snap it up. Grateful thanks must go to all who took part in this special performance and recording.
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By DB on 2 Sept. 2014
Format: Audio CD
Back as a student, when my classical collection was only about a dozen records, I used to try to impress other students by saying "I like Mahler" when people asked me what my classical tastes were. What a pseud I was! This claim was on the basis of a cassette recording of the 9th Symphony, which I genuinely did like, but at the time I didn't explore his music any further. Forty years on I'm finally beginning to rectify this, and I'm enjoying the experience.

For those of you unfamiliar with this work, it starts off with a peaceful, joyful march (reminiscent of Elgar) whose melody you'll probably recognise, but may not know it was by Mahler - I didn't. From then on the structure of the piece is rather complicated - I'm still trying to get my head around it, but it's nevertheless a pleasure to listen to. Check out the Wikipedia entry to find out what it's all about.

I can't comment on the relative merits of this recording compared to others, as it is the only one I have heard, but it sounded fine to me.
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