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Mahler - Symphony No. 1 (LSO/ Gergiev) Hybrid SACD, SACD

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  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Composer: Gustav Mahler
  • Audio CD (26 May 2008)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: LSO LIVE.
  • ASIN: B0017TZ92W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,783 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Mahler completed his first symphony at the age of 24 and the work was considered a remarkable achievement, especially for someone so young. The symphony was originally conceived as a tone poem in the form of a symphony. Mahler drew inspiration from nature and described the epic final movement as a journey `from inferno to paradise'.

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Choc -- Le Monde de la Musique (France)

`The result, with the LSO playing with marvellous expressiveness and energy, is irresistible, at once disciplined and joyfully spontaneous'
-- Sunday Times (UK)

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Mahler's Symphony No. 1 is a work that is full of youthful zest and spirit. As the very first of his nine (or ten) stunning symphonies, it already shows an unprecedented skill of symphonic writing, beginning the Mahler tradition of using huge orchestras in an attempt to incorporate the whole world into a symphony. Interpreters who try to tackle this work should have a feel for the great underlying structure in this symphony. But, equally important, they must pick up on the exuberant love for life and nature that is all throughout this symphony.

How did Valery Gergiev fare in his reading? Well, first off, I'll have to say that he is very successful in recognizing the great symphonic structure in this work. His reading doesn't lack bigness in tone, and there is always a sense of the strong structural backbone present in the symphony. I'm particularly pleased at how well the LSO fares in producing a big tone that can handle the big climaxes in this symphony with a surprising dexterity, something which isn't always present to this extent in other LSO Live albums. The LSO's percussion section is better than I've ever heard it before and the basses dig deep into their passages with a wonderful snarly tone.

But what I find somewhat lacking in this reading is a sense of blissful contentment and love of nature I feel Mahler has sprinkled throughout this work, particularly in the 1st movement. While the LSO woodwinds play the bird calls that start out this symphony with a clear, precise tone, I'm not swept off my feet in the way that I would like to be. And, in general, Gergiev has a tendency to be so caught up with bigness of sound that he misses the charm.
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Every time, when I listen this disc, I see the love story in my mind. Fight, death and victory. The last movement tells it to us. I love this disc - this is absolutely the best performance of this work. London Symphony Orchestra plays gloriously. I haven't heard this disc in SACD format, but I believe, that then this review is useless - I need to give six stars to this disc. Highly recommend, absolutely. BUY THIS DISC, RIGHT NOW!

Permormance: *****
Recording: *****

1. Langsam. Schleppend - Im Anfang gemächlich (14"40)
2. Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell - Trio: Recht gemächlich - Tempo primo (8"14)
3. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu scleppen (10"32)
4. Sturmisch bewegt (19"15)

Total time: 52"42

Recorded live January 2008 at the Barbican, London

Hybrid SACD - Includes multi-channel 5.0 and stereo mixes
Published by Universal Edition AG.
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Jascha Horenstein, 1899-1973, recorded Mahler's First Symphony twice, with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in 1953 [heard in much improved mono sound in the Preiser reissue of 2005] and again in 1969, at the Barking Assembly Hall, with the London Symphony Orchestra. The work is one of the composer’s most approachable.

The strengths of Horenstein’s performance are his overall conception of the symphony, and his attention to balance and dynamics. Of course, it helps that he is supported by orchestral musicians playing at the top of their form – particularly pointed in the third movement and the stormy final movement. The orchestra’s obvious rapport with their conductor is palpable. Individual details, however ravishing, are never allowed to inhibit the creation of a completely convincing whole. The sound is very good although not up to the standard of a later, apparently illegal, transfer.

Horenstein thoughtful approach and sensitivity to the music is evident in the distant fanfares (clarinets followed by offstage trumpets), the woodwinds’ cuckooing and the Wayfarer song of the opening movement. The overall conception is intensely lyrical, clearly evident in the Ländler-like exultant Scherzo, without this lessening the impact of the third movement’s funeral march that is imbued with a sense of irony. Here and elsewhere the percussion playing is first-rate. The song from the Wayfarer cycle, that Deryck Cooke in a 1969 text links to the death of the composer’s favourite younger brother, achieves an emotional depth that I have not heard bettered.
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Only heard one movement of this symphony before but then was live at the Bridgewater Hall and so bought the CD. Wonderful
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Having demonstrated that he is among our foremost interpreters of Shostakovich, eminent conductor Valery Gergiev has embarked on a potentially great Mahler symphony cycle with the London Symphony Orchestra as its new principal conductor for the orchestra's LSO Live label. A musical journey that shouldn't surprise long-time listeners and admirers of Gergiev's conducting, especially when Shostakovich expressed his own artistic debt to Mahler's genius for melody and orchestration throughout his fourteen symphonies. Gergiev's exceptional interpretation of the Mahler 1st Symphony is one that shall be remembered for its great clarity and emotional depth. All Gergiev asks of his new orchestra is superb intonation and fidelity to Mahler's intentions; needless to say we are treated to a sonic spectacular quite removed from the overwrought emotional richness of a late career Leonard Bernstein; instead, in its crisp, steady unfolding, Gergiev's interpretation most closely resembles Bernard Haitink's in its clarity, sonic richness and fidelity to Mahler. Under the exceptional technical stewardship of LSO Live producer James Mallinson and his team, live Barbican concert performances recorded earlier this year (January 2008) truly resemble most closely a well-miked studio recording.

Gergiev adheres to brisk tempi throughout the score, emphasizing the vibrant qualities of the lieder melodies which Mahler borrowed from his own songs, especially heard in the main theme of the first movement, which is taken from the second song in Mahler's "Songs of a Wayfarer" four song cycle. The second movement is a brash, bold landler (a close, but coarse, country kin to the refined Viennese waltz) that borrows a theme from an earlier song.
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