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Mahler: Symphony No. 7 [CD]

Gustav Mahler , Michael Halász , Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Michael Halász
  • Composer: Gustav Mahler
  • Audio CD (14 Jun 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0000013TH
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,036 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony No. 7 in E minor: Langsam - Allegro con fuoco20:50Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No. 7 in E minor: Nachtmusik: Allegro moderato16:49Album Only
Listen  3. Symphony No. 7 in E minor: Scherzo: Schattenhaft 9:40Album Only
Listen  4. Symphony No. 7 in E minor: Nachtmusik: Andante amoroso13:55Album Only
Listen  5. Symphony No. 7 in E minor: Rondo - Finale17:21Album Only

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Symphonie n° 7 / Orchestre de la Radio Nationale de Pologne - Dir. Michael Halasz

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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Underrated symphony...overrated CD!!! 22 Feb 2011
By Zak
Format:Audio CD
Alas, I must set the record (or in this case, CD) straight regarding this rendition of Mahler's agreeably much underrated Seventh.

I was excited when it first appeared in the Naxos catalogue back in the 90's. I rushed out to buy it. Yet I was simply HORRIFIED when I listened to the first movement's coda. The Polish NRSO trumpets botch an entry, creating an embarrassing clash with the rest of the huge orchestra lasting several bars.

Okay, anyone new to No. 7 would probably think this mistake is all part of Mahler's avant garde palette, but it is not what Mahler wrote and it wrecks the entire CD. Did Mr. Halász not notice? Nor the recording engineers? Or did the guilty trumpets simply not give a hoot?? How can one allow a recording with an inclusion of crass unprofessionalism exist in one's prized collection? And so what if the other 99% is as good as Bernstein's or anyone else's!

Naxos should by rights re-record the first movement and re-issue, instead of marketing this tainted tour de force. And you may call me a perfectionist if you must.

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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best! I'm serious! 19 Oct 2008
By Sungu Okan - Published on
Format:Audio CD
The Seventh Symphony is may be one of the most difficult to perform of all symphonies of Mahler. It's may be the most colourful, challenging, quick-changing-in-mood of all of his works. When you're listening, you cannot expect what will come. The first movement is a scene of night-ride in a deep forest. The 2nd movement is the most famous and called Nachtmusik. It's inspired from a tableau, "The Night Watch" of Rembrandt. It's a march in steady, moderate tempo, there is almostly no climax. The 3rd movement is the Scherzo and the middle section of the symphony, called Schattenhaft. It's a kind of "Dance of Ghosts". Music is so mystic, sinister, there is atmopsphere of terror, but also it is parodic, sarcastic smiling of death. The 4th movement is the second Nachtmusik and one of the most lovely and calm music of Mahler. It's call back his Adagietto of 5th, even so it is same key, F major. It includes guitar and mandoline, typical serenade-instruments, there is no percussion at all. But the gorgeous Finale, is one of the most brilliant scores of the Master. There are many tempo changes, and virtuoso solos for horn, trumpet and timpani. There are some parodies of the themes of Wagner, Lehar. But in sum, that C major Finale brings a bright conclusion to that masterpiece.

And this performance is really great! Michel Halasz, who recorded many good records for Naxos, is a great conductor, one of the most succesful of Hungary. He and Polish National Radio Symphony really know how Mahler should play. They have typical traditions of Mahler. Their sound is not harsh, but deep, singing strings, gorgeous brass and characteristic woodwinds and very satisfying percussion, especially timpani in its' solo.

You cannot go wrong with it, you can trust me. I have many Mahler 7th, including Inbal, Kubelik, Rattle, Abbado, Sinopoli. But, this is my favourite! Highly recommended.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Star performance by quite nobody you've ever heard of... 8 Jan 2001
By Timothy Mikolay - Published on
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Budget disc performances like these make me wonder why ANYONE sunk the millions into the 3 tenors concerts and continues to sink the zillions into all the other bloated figures demanded by today's supposed classical 'superstars'<a contradiction in terms....Sure this isn't a "quick fix" like Nessun Dorma, (79 minutes versus 5????) but it sure is first class. Halasz' opera career hasn't hindered his ability to get this orchestra to play beautifully and this orchestra is VERY good. Just as with most of Reiner's discs (Reiner first conducted opera as well), Halasz conveys the details and nuances without losing the spirit of the music, for 6 bucks....
This disc is a winner in every way. This is one of the best Mahler 7ths.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 6 Feb 2008
By David Saemann - Published on
Format:Audio CD
This is a very interesting Mahler 7. I don't think it quite packs the wallop of the first Bernstein and second Abbado versions, but it makes its points in its own way. The orchestra is quite good, and the sound engineering is generally clear, although slightly muffled in some of the large tuttis. Halasz's take on the symphony is scrupulous in its details. No recording I've heard, not even Boulez's, reveals the orchestral textures to this degree. The pianissmo effects are especially breathtaking. I don't know that this is the only Mahler 7 someone would want to hear, but if you want to have your preconceptions about the score challenged in every bar, this is an excellent choice.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mahler: Symphony Number 7 6 Feb 2010
By Robert S. Johnson - Published on
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Accoustically great. Never heard it before so I can't compare but I could still tell that it was out of the ordinary.
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