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Mahler: Symphony No.4 [Riccardo Chailly, Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig] [Accentus: ACC10257] [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free]

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  • Actors: Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig
  • Directors: Riccardo Chailly
  • Format: Classical, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Japanese
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Accentus
  • DVD Release Date: 22 April 2013
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,779 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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“The greatest mix of colours that ever existed” was Gustav Mahler’s description of the third movement of his Fourth Symphony. Riccardo Chailly, one of the most adept interpreters of Mahler of our time, and the Gewandhaus Orchestra transformed the entire Fourth Symphony into this kaleidoscope of sound.

The unmistakable timbre of the orchestra has become synonymous with late Romantic repertoire and Mahler-esque style – it was described by Der Tagesspiegel as “uncommonly present, even in the thread-fine pianissimo, compact, concentrated, satin”. Once more, the connection between Chailly, the Gewandhaus Orchestra and Mahler proved to be exceptional: The way Chailly “moulded the music, which is so familiar to him, with loving gestures, confidently alluding to a thousand subtle details, allowing the orchestra to rise and fall – that is perfect.”

Picture Format BD:Blu-ray, FULL HD
Sound Formats BD: PCM Stereo, DTS HD Master Audio
Region Code: 0 (worldwide)
Running Time: 61:14 min
Running Time Bonus: approx. 16 min
Disc Format: BD 25
Subtitles: German, English, French, Japanese
Subtitles Bonus: German, English


The third of Chailly's live Mahler DVDs with the Leipzig Gewandhaous Orchestra has the same abundant virtues as the previously issued Second and Eighth symphonies - a sense of naturally flowing tempi, an ear for inner parts within the whole, a vitality that captures the pristine glow of this most innocent of all Mahler symphonies. --Andrew Clark, FT

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Entartete Musik on 27 May 2013
Format: DVD
Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhausorchester are proving to be an excellent combination. The former's intuitive musicianship and the latter's thoroughbred sound have paid interpretative dividends with their Beethoven cycle, an ongoing series of Mahler films and, hopefully, their forthcoming survey of Brahms. This latest DVD and BluRay recording of Mahler 4 by the resourceful Leipzig-based company Accentus – complete with a fascinating performance of one of Mahler's piano rolls – finds Chailly and his team in particularly fine fettle.

Chailly last tackled this symphony 11 years ago. It is, he confesses on the accompanying interview, 'unfinished business'. In truth, how could anyone settle on a final reading of this work? Chailly brings the plurality of the piece to bear on this performance, fusing 'neo-Classical' detachment and an almost Elgarian sense of space and nobility.

The Gewandhausorchester is a superb instrument for exploring these contrasts. A really bouncy string spiccato and nimble woodwind, though never overplayed, give a requisite dose of acid, while the third movement is a model of Apollonian grace and restraint. They play up the 'Humoreske' elements of the work, while never denying its heart.

Chailly and the orchestra are also wonderfully clear throughout (mirrored in Accentus' on-the-ball camera work). Contrapuntal lines tell within often-complex textures, as opposed to the lusher plusher recording Chailly fashioned during his time at the Concertgebouw. Evident of this is the really spry quality Christina Landshamer brings to the final movement, effortlessly graceful with cheekily vivid diction.

Whether Chailly, or even Mahler, attains resolution within the finale's decidedly strange view of heavenly life remains unclear.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gerhard P. Knapp on 31 Aug. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig have already given us two outstanding interpretations of Mahler symphonies on DVD/Blu-ray: the Second and Eighth, both 2011. Here is the Fourth: a most welcome addition to what I hope may be an ongoing series with the goal of eventually recording all the symphonies. I find the Accentus audio and video, as usual, exemplary, with particular praise for the camera team and their appropriate focus on instruments/groups, no gimmickry here but thorough knowledge of the score. As a bonus, the disk brings an introduction to the Welte-Mignon piano player/recorder apparatus and - an eerie but revelatory experience - Gustav Mahler's own recorded Welte-Mignon roll ghost-playing the final movement of the Fourth on the empty Gewandhaus stage in an amazing 7:39 minutes. An additional bonus (bravo, Accentus!) is Riccardo Chailly's 15+ minutes interview/monologue on interpreting Mahler's Fourth that eloquently presents highly intelligent insights on the music and, at the same time, illuminates the conductor's own growth in his approach to Mahler through the decades. Chailly speaks Italian (and makes me wish that I had a real grasp on this language), but the English subtitles convey the gist of his words pretty well. You may want to argue with the conductor about his term "neo-classical symphony" for the Fourth, but this appears to be a matter of definition. Chailly rightly propounds orchestral transparency as essential for the appreciation of Mahler's aesthetics and his extreme dynamics: this is exactly the hallmark of his own recent readings with the fabulous Gewandhaus musicians.

Now to the symphony. My good friend Clive Goodwin has termed Chailly's Mahler "bel-canto Mahler", and I could not agree more with his designation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 Dec. 2013
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This recording, compiled from two 'live' concerts in early 1212, is a very successful and compelling re-think of the symphony by Chailly. In the main bonus feature, Chailly explains in some detail how, after a considerable gap, he has returned to this symphony and in the course of so doing, he has substantially revised his previous views on interpretation.

The result has been an interesting mixture. This is now a fleeter view of the symphony but also one that manages to bring out the darker elements lurking below the surface. This may seem to be a contradiction in terms but in reality it makes for a compelling and illuminating performance.

The subject of tempo is very important to Chailly who has taken great pains to go back to original sources and performances practices in order to observe specific instructions and metronome markings that are sometimes not observed as well as they might be. Interestingly, his performance of the final three movements is faster than the current three recent performances that I have on DVD/Bluray, those being the two Abbado versions and the Gergiev version. The last movement in particular is given both a markedly faster performance than the others as well as delivering an altogether darker view of the text.

Only by comparing this performance with Reiner's from 1958 does one find a similar approach to such tempi. Reiner delivers the fastest first and third movements of these five comparisons and is also swift in the remaining two movements. Significantly, Reiner's version has long been much admired. Thus Chailly is closer to Reiner than either of the Abbado versions or that by Gergiev.

Chailly makes the point that even in the calmest or least troubled movements there is darkness or irony.
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