Mahler: Symphony No. 9
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Mahler: Symphony No. 9

1 April 2010

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  Song Title
Symphony No. 9 in D Major: I. Andante comodo
Symphony No. 9 in D Major: II. Im Tempo eines gemachlichen Landlers - Etwas tappisch und sehr derb
Symphony No. 9 in D Major: III. Rondo-Burleske: Allegro assai
Symphony No. 9 in D Major: IV. Adagio - Sehr langsam und noch zuruckhaltend

Product details

  • Original Release Date: 27 April 2010
  • Label: haenssler CLASSIC
  • Copyright: (C) 2010 haenssler CLASSIC
  • Total Length: 1:12:09
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  • ASIN: B003CO9JGM
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,510 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Near perfection 1 Jun 2010
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First of all, I have to say being able to get any Mahler symphony at the excellent value download price here on Amazon is very very encouraging for the future of large scale classical music releases such as this one. Secondly, it is even better value when you realise that this is a performance conducted by one of the most eminent musicians and musicologists of our time. Whether you end up loving the interpretation or not, it is great that you can get access to a recent release such as this one at the download price. Of course some people may prefer to buy the packaged CD itself, and I can fully understand that, so if you feel you need to know more before spending a fairly high price (currently) for a single CD, then here goes:

The 9th is one of the most ethereal symphonies of Mahler's to get to grips with. Sure it has loud crashes and climaxes trademarks of Mahler's, but on the whole it is a gentle piece and requires very controlled and clear handling of the orchestra and in particular the strings. Also there are novel (at the time) rhythmic juxtapositions that require careful grasp and delivery by individuals and sections in the orchestra. For these qualities, I have to say the playing on this recording is right on the money. This is before you get to emotional interpretation, which may divide some people when listening to Norrington's approach. I have read reviews saying it is unmoving. I have to disagree, the interpretation gets it spot on in my opinion. I found myself being very much moved, not by cheap sentimentality (often associated with playing of this work) but actually by the very measured build ups to the loud passages and the very quiet passages and the very sweet playing particularly in the woodwinds and middle to high strings.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking in expressive range 20 May 2010
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The two inner movements are very fine - clear, pungent, exciting. I found the two outer movements less compelling. The absence of vibrato can be very effective - the ending of the symphony is very well done and very moving. Elsewhere in these two movements I found the expression limited and the performance hanging fire, even rather dull. The Gramophone review appears to accept Norrington's contention that his and Bruno Walter's live 1938 performance take us back to Mahler's sound world. This clearly can't be true since Walter's performance is so different. Walter, unlike Norrington, uses a range of vibrato - sometimes very limited, sometimes very plentiful. Listen to the opening of the last movement from Norrington and Walter and you get an idea of the great differences in expression and sound. It is largely Walter's range of vibrato which gives an extra dimension to his performance. If you want a performance that plays up the disturbing dissonance in the symphony try Klemperer's very fine EMI performance.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Colin Fortune VINE VOICE
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Though this comes from a live performance there really seems little sense of occasion in this rather careful trudge through Mahler 9. The basic initial tempo for the great Andante Comodo (first) movement is just a little slow and although there are moments of panic and collapse in the movement they do not - at least to my ears - fit into a whole view of this movement. Putting it simply, Norrington does not rival Haitink Mahler: Symphony No.9/Das Lied von der Erde, Kubelik Mahler: Symphony No. 9 (Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Kubelik) and from Mahler: Complete Symphonies (a complete set that just gets to sound better and better the more I hear it!), WalterBruno Walter Conducts Mahler (the great live 1938 recording from Vienna), Klemperer Mahler - Symphony No 9; Strauss, R - Metamorphosen, Barbirolli Symphony 9 and even Bernstein Mahler: Symphony No.9. Each of these very different discs listed (and they are very different from each other) contain involving and highly characterized performances and Norrington is really rather plain.

The middle movements go well enough but there is a sort of almost "filleted" quality about the adagio.
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