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  • Audio CD (7 April 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD
  • Label: LSO Live
  • ASIN: B0013V9RHW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,981 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Symphony No. 6: Allegro energico, ma non troppoValery Gergiev, London Symphony Orchestra21:59Album Only
  2. Symphony No. 6: Andante moderatoValery Gergiev, London Symphony Orchestra13:53Album Only
  3. Symphony No. 6: Scherzo: WuchtigValery Gergiev, London Symphony Orchestra12:34Album Only
  4. Symphony No. 6: Finale: Allegro moderatoValery Gergiev, London Symphony Orchestra28:44Album Only

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Valery Gergiev's eagerly anticipated debut recording for LSO Live is also his first recording of Mahler's music and the first in a complete cycle of the composer's symphonies. Recorded in November 2007 as part of his sensational concert series of the symphonies, Gergiev delivers an intensely emotional account of this pivotal work.

Does Mahler's Sixth Symphony foretell the tragedy of his later life, or does it have a more cerebral purpose? Whatever the composer's motives for writing it, tragic it certainly is: driven, bitter and sweet by turns, and ending in devastation - utterly compelling.

Review

'[Gergiev]summons such reserves of power and commitment from the LSO that one cannot help but be swept along'.
Editor's Choice -- Gramophone June 2008

'... It shows how Mahler's neurosis and Gergiev's volatility are ideally matched...The performance as a whole achieves an impressive balance between structure and detail'. -- Daily Telegraph (UK)

'...a reading of great intensity, creating a most powerful impact ... a stunning performance of considerable musical belief in the demonstable fact that Mahler's Sixth is a great and original masterpiece'.
-- International Record Review (UK)

'The Finale is Gergiev's masterpiece ... All concerned play their hearts out. The hi-res sound engineering is superb'.
Best of the Year Discs 2008 -- Audiophile Audition (USA)

Disc of the Month -- Fono Forum (Germany)

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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Here we have the advantage of a great orchestra conducted by a leading conductor of the day who has a well-earned reputation. The symphony itself starts with an urgent speeded-up march that makes you think you're late for your own funeral which is waiting for you in the fourth movement. The second subject known as 'Alma's theme' gives some blessed respite and, in my view, also a feeling of redemption. You can easily imagine that during a dark mood, Mahler found comfort in his wife Alma and the expression of that in the second subject temporarily relieves the all pervading gloom. After a little further relief in the second movement's andante we are faced the all pervading sence of doom of the third and fourth movements. This work is not for those who expect the kind of uplifting finale's provided in the second, third and eighth symphonies.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. Brack VINE VOICE on 20 April 2008
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Gergiev's live Barbican recording of Mahler's 6th Symphony has one thing going for it - he gets it wrapped up in 77 minutes, which is a clear ten minutes quicker than some, if the enclosed booklet is to be believed. It does not appear to rush to shave those minutes off, and the LSO plays precisely and enthusiastically. The disc has the excitement that comes with a live recording, with a refreshing freedom from background noise. Having been brought up on Karajan and the BPO, it would take something special to displace that from first place, and this isn't it. The opening is handled well, and the andante is controlled, but the finale is marked allegro moderato and this performance seemed to me to drift. Rather than Karajan's studied stateliness and steady cranking up of tension, Gergiev goes for wistfulness and passion. Granted, this may be more unreservedly passionate than Karajan, and that has an appeal of its own. It is perfectly possible that romantics may prefer Gergiev's less obviously crafted approach. It's a respectable recording and worth hearing; but I doubt that I shall take it out very often for repeated play.

One small gripe: neither the CD liner nor the box sleeve has a track listing. If listeners know the piece this may be no problem, but since one of the LSO's avowed aims is to attract a new audience to classical music, a bit more information so they know where they are would have been welcome.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. C. Stone VINE VOICE on 24 April 2008
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Mahler's 6th Symphony takes you on a journey that you don't want to reach the end of. It yields more and more on each listening. Leaden with great beauty & conflict, harmony & dissonance, it carries you towards the very last bars before delivering a final hammer blow that stops you in your tracks, stunned.

Captured `live', from a recording point of view this is technically brilliant. The energy and commitment from the stage arrives straight off of the disc. Every string of the harp, the internal rumble of the timpani, and every tiny percussion blow is totally defined - even when the orchestra is at full voice. I was lucky enough to experience the LSO live at Sage Gateshead, and this was no disappointment in bringing back that raw excitement I felt that evening.

For the first movement, Gergiev sets a strong tempo that grabs you by the lapels right from the start - compelling. All the elements are strongly shaped and given full rein, with space and definition.
The hauntingly beautiful second movement, tinged with the darker undertow of what is to come, is particularly impressive - expressive, controlled, and profound.
Once the third movement has taken us forward once more, adding yet more to be resolved, the final movement ebbs and flows before propelling us towards the final blow. And here Gergiev does not disappoint - that final blow is just that: it is only then, with the final shock of a complete and sudden silence that you realise what range and depth of feeling and emotion (and intellectual turmoil) you have been drawn into.

If you're new to Mahler there are many things to explore as well as the 6th - and you may have to give this some time to `tune in' - but when you do..... And if you're Mahler fan, this is certainly worth taking a look at as a new addition to the recording canon. And at this price, you are certainly getting your money's worth.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Colin Fortune VINE VOICE on 20 April 2008
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What a magnificent orchestra! The LSO play like musicians possessed and at even the highest speed still manage to inflect the music with interesting phrasing. Also, the recording is pretty good for live at the Barbican. I wonder how many performances were used to splice together the music and how many extra takes were necessary? As it is, I detect a growing security with the music as the disc plays through the movements and this is what one expects from live performance: an orchestra has to warm up and settle in a performance. But it could be that different takes on different nights were used.

The huge problem for me is the fast music in the First Movement. This is almost as fast as I have ever heard it presented and the result is exciting but somehow misses something of the gravitas of the music. This is a MARCH and Mahler marked it "Allegro energico, ma non troppo - Heftig aber markig" which translates as "Energetically lively, BUT NOT TOO MUCH - Heavy but powerful" (my emphasis). Play it at the speed that Gergiev chooses and the "heavy power" becomes hectoring and indeed, during the recapitulation at 18.37 and following, frantic and hysterical. The "nocturnal" cow-bell passage from 11.10 to 14.16 is, on the contrary, played with exemplary tenderness and nostalgia. For me the contrast is too much. You can get an idea of how fast the music is from comparing the following timings for the first movement. Overall this disc is the second fastest I have come across and the list is in descending order of speed:
Kubelik DGG 21.07
Gergiev LSO Live 21.59
Boulez DGG 23.06
Bernstein DGG 23.08
Eschenbach Ondine 23.34
Tennstedt HMV 23.36
Bertini HMV 24.04
Gielen Hansler 24.
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