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Mahler: Symphony No.3 [Hybrid SACD]

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra , Riccardo Chailly Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 May 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Hybrid SACD
  • Label: Universal Classics
  • ASIN: B0001RBVLY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,409 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. 1. Kräftig. Entschieden - Ivan Meylemans, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly
2. 2. Tempo di Menuetto. Sehr mässig - Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly
3. 3. Comodo. Seherzando. Ohne Hast - Frits Damrow, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly
4. 1. Kräftig. Entschieden - Ivan Meylemans, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly
5. 2. Tempo di Menuetto. Sehr mässig - Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly
6. 3. Comodo. Seherzando. Ohne Hast - Frits Damrow, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly
7. 1. Kräftig. Entschieden - Ivan Meylemans, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly
8. 2. Tempo di Menuetto. Sehr mässig - Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly
9. 3. Comodo. Seherzando. Ohne Hast - Frits Damrow, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly
Disc: 2
1. 4. Sehr langsam. Misterioso. Durchaus ppp - Petra Lang, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly
2. 5. Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck - Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly, Petra Lang, Prague Philharmonic Choir, Netherlands Children's Choir
3. 6. Langsam. Ruhevoll. Empfunden - Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly
4. Overture - Annelie de Man, Richard Ram, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly
5. Rondeau - Annelie de Man, Paul Verhey, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly
6. Air - Annelie de Man, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly
7. Gavotte I, Gavotte ll - Annelie de Man, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly
8. 4. Sehr langsam. Misterioso. Durchaus ppp - Petra Lang, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly
9. 5. Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck - Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly, Petra Lang, Prague Philharmonic Choir, Netherlands Children's Choir
10. 6. Langsam. Ruhevoll. Empfunden - Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Recording. 17 July 2004
By Steve TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Decca must be very proud of this. I had heard plenty of positive comments before buying this 2 disc set, but even so the impact of this recording was remarkable.
This is a hybrid SACD/CD set; that is you can play it on an SACD player for best effect, but it also plays perfectly on a normal C.D. player. I only have a conventional C.D. player, but it was soon apparent that this disc is technically top class. The engineers have managed to capture not only the detail of individual instruments, but also the overall spacious acoustic of the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. There is a real sense of depth to the sound- rare in most digital recordings in my experience.
And the performance? In a word, superb. There are a number of excellent performances currently available and I wouldn't quite place this at the very top; (I still think Horenstein with the L.S.O. on Unicorn, and Bernstein with the N.Y.P.O. on Sony are unmatched; but their recordings are far inferior to this). My only reservation is that the glorious final movement- a hymn to love- does not seem to unfurl quite so naturally as in some versions; it is as if the final apotheosis has to be really fought for. But this is perfectly valid, the final peroration is magnificent, and the Concertgebouw Orchestra are superb throughout. And no reservations at all about the rest of the symphony.
Strongly recommended.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
By drdanfee VINE VOICE
Finally. I have had considerable doubts about many of the previous recordings in this ongoing Mahler complete symphony series. Often, to me and my ears, Chailly sounds like he is glossing over, and sometimes even compressing or truncating, many of the many specific expressive indications that Mahler took great pains to write into his scores. The foreshortening of dynamic ranges, for example, often bothers me quite a bit. Mahler is famous for writing extremes into his phrasing, ranging from triple or quadruple soft (pppp) to triple or quadruple forte/loud (ffff). While this can be easily dismissed by carelessness on the conductor's part, or by the inabilities of a given band to carry the range as indicated; the fact is, if Mahler is going to express himself, he needs careful and scrupulous observance of his markings. This is particularly true when such detailed dynamics as are marked are cross-happening throughout different departments of the huge orchestra. Mahler knew what he wanted musicians to play, and as a conductor he had decades of experience with high-level bands that he usually left playing at an even higher level. If you observe the markings, in my view, you can get away with quite a few other variations in your approach, including tempo. Some Andante movements are slower or faster than others, but nonetheless express genuine Mahlerian style and narration.
In the past recordings, these are the points where I have felt let down by Chailly. The Concertgebouw has a fabulous and honestly-earned Mahler tradition, dating all the way to Willem Mengelberg and Otto Klemperer. And as regards the Haitink-led versions, I think the orchestra mostly carried the conductor to whatever success he achieved in those recordings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Outstanding Mahler 3 27 Jan 2012
By JB1
This is an oustanding set, full of detail, that stands repeated listening without any trace of fatigue. In fact I find that each time I hear it I discover something new about the work and continue to admire the interpretation and performance. As a SACD set of two discs the dynamic range is very wide, so that when the vocal alto soloist (Petra Lang who is superb) comes in, the sound volume contrasts strongly with the orchestral climaxes in the earlier movements. This phenomen can take a little time to get accustomed, but it is a realistic level that one encounters in a live performance in the concert hall. Nevertheless on good quality hi fi equipment it gives an accurate and thrilling sound very much reminding me of the live performances of Mahler works that I heard under Chailly in the Concertgebouw Hall in Amsterdam during the late 1990s and early 2000s. The clarity of the Decca sound is marvellous with a huge dynamic range, massive banks of sound when the orchestra is at full bore contrasted with very quiet passages and lots of instrumental detail.

The final movement is marvellous with the fantastic ending on the double sets of drums that is absolutely perfect and far, far better than any other version of the work that I have ever heard(Haitink two versions: Concertgebouw and the Chicago Symphony, Rattle: City of Birmingham Symphony, Abbado: Berlin Philharmonic live, Tennsted:The London Philharmonic and finally Gergiev: The London Symphony live). I believe Chailly was voted top recording of this work on BBC Radio 3 CD Review, an opinion I fully endorse from my frequent listening of the performance. While I enjoy all the other performances that I have mentioned, Chailly is the recording to live with!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spacious, organic Mahler. 11 Feb 2009
This is a superb reading of Mahler's longest symphony. It is played with great finesse and skill by the pre eminent Mahler Orchestra of Europe,the excellent Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.Here the music flows and the first movement is delivered with great power and impact, with the sort of natural resonance one expects from the Decca recording team.

The strings seem to sing and the brass resound with rich sonority, nothing feels cold and contrived here. The middle movements are well paced and played with intense fervour. The exquisite 4th movement is a terrific achievement, the vision of heaven immensely moving and the soprano Petra Lang sings with utterly convincing radiance. The final movement with it's amazingly indulgent climax keeps one enraptured to the end, where Mahler does keep you guessing as to when it will actually come.

This is as strong a modern reading as you will find. Chailly takes more risks than Abbado and seems more authoritative than Rattle. The Orchestra is on top form and this version should be a mandatory addition
to any serious Mahler collection, to sit along side the 1960's recordings of Bernstein and Horenstein.
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