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  • Conductor: Günther Herbig
  • Composer: Gustav Mahler
  • Audio CD (22 Dec. 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Berlin Classics
  • ASIN: B0000669W3
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 448,330 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Symphony No. 6 in A minor, "Tragic": I. Allegro energico, ma non troppo. Heftig, aber markigGunther Herbig, Saarbrucken Radio Symphony Orchestra18:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
  2. Symphony No. 6 in A minor, "Tragic": II. Scherzo: WuchtigGunther Herbig, Saarbrucken Radio Symphony Orchestra13:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
  3. Symphony No. 6 in A minor, "Tragic": III. Andante moderatoGunther Herbig, Saarbrucken Radio Symphony Orchestra14:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
  4. Symphony No. 6 in A minor, "Tragic": IV. Finale: Allegro moderatoGunther Herbig, Saarbrucken Radio Symphony Orchestra29:36£0.79  Buy MP3 

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Johan VINE VOICE on 15 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
On this record we have Günther Herbig in a live performance of Mahler's sixth, with Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra playing. A less well-known orchestra and not quite so famous conductor. But this is the recording I am most pleased with among the available versions of the sixth I have heard.
Some drawbacks first: Herbig omits the first movement exposition repeat, but with the excuse that the recording is taken from a concert. There are a few coughs audible.
Half-cons: Andante is placed second, as with Rattle. But this is perhaps not a drawback. Since the whole performance is placed on one disc this can easily be adjusted by programming the CD player.
Some pros: the orchestra plays as good as possibly they can, not on routine. Herbig adopts a detached view of the work, not over-emphasizing any part or section. The hammerblows (two) in the finale are for example loud but not too loud as in Zander's take with Philharmonia. The interpretation is similar to Bernstein's and Szell's (but is far better recorded than these). That is: it has an forceful drive but it is not extravagantly "personal", as for example Barbirolli's and Rattle's. Nothing is overarticulated.
Hence this is a very "symphonic" Mahler sixth, in which the classical structure of the work gets a clear, well performed, and powerful presentation. Very well recorded and at midprice, it is a bargain.
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That it is possible to find some real gems hidden away on Amazon downloads is demonstrated by this astounding bargain. The conductor is not a great celebrity (though he will be familiar to Radio 3 listeners as a splendidly versatile musician)and the orchestra is unknown to me, but they combine to provide quite the finest interpretation of this difficult symphony I have ever heard. There is a freedom and unforced vitality about the playing and a deep integrity and an idiomatic empathy in the conductor's reading that time and time again reveal fresh insights and previously unrealised dimensions to the work that are genuinely inspiring and full of verve. That this should be available for a fraction the price of a ticket to a live performance is astonishing. And that this is a live performance itself does not mean that the recording is anything other than wonderfully resonant and natural. A pity about the missing repeat in the first movement, but this was common practice until recently, and I am probably in the minority when I say that the scherzo - andante movement order seems to me to be the most appropriate in terms of meaningful narrative flow. Whatever, at this price only a fool would hesitate.
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By ian c on 18 Dec. 2012
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I agree wholeheartedly with the first reviewer. This is a Mahler 6 to live with. It is mercifully bereft of the self-conscious interpretive overlays (not to mention narcissisitic groans and throat music respectively) of Bernstein and Gergiev and delivered with honesty of purpose and orchestral virtuosity. The Saarbrucken horns are particularly splendid. A few quibbles which prevent my giving it 5 stars. a. the slowing down for the chorale theme in the first movement robs the music of its forward momentum b. the pacing of the opening of the slow movement is a little uncertain and c. the orchestra sounds a little tired (why would it not be?) and initially underpowered at the start of the final movement (but how well it both recovers and covers itself with glory later). The recording is absolutely splendid and the audience noise minimal. The rapturous applause at the end of this concert performance is thoroughly merited.

ps. yes, placing the slow movement third is inconsistent with the emotional logic of the symphony but you can easily effect your own 'running repairs'.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Classical tragedy, well realised 3 July 2007
By P. Weber - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a swift, urgent M6 with plenty of contrasts which may not be to all tastes. If you prefer the slow, drawn-out performances (Barbirolli) you may find this a jolt. But I feel this music comes across more effectively when played in a classical style instead of romantic. Even though this is a live concert the playing and sound quality are very good. I consider this CD a sleeper in the M6 discography.

The beginning march tempo moves along urgently, but Herbig provides the necessary tempo adjustments and makes it sound convincing. I find it very exciting and passionate and the Alma music is nicely done as well as the ghostly sections. The scherzo (placed second) is also well articulated in the main tempo and it conjures up a devil's dance, but then Herbig relaxes with the slower sections referred to as the old fashioned music. The andante flows beautifully and Herbig is wise enough not to drag it out as some conductors do, turning it into mush. The last movement has all the spookiness and intensity you could want and the hammer blows are well done (loud but not over done - some people really go crazy over these hammer blows).

This is a taut, classic, coherent performance by a conductor who knows his stuff in Mahler. All of Mahler's sound affects can be heard without spotlighting anything. If you like a fairly straight forward performance with quickish tempos, this one's for you. I certainly prefer this to Abaddo's boring Berlin recording.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A new discovery 27 Jan. 2008
By Ryan Richards - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a truly great Mahler 6, one of the best recordings I've heard (and I've heard at least ten). The Saarbrucken Radio Symphony isn't an ensemble on par with the world's great Mahler orchestras (Berlin, Vienna, New York, etc.), and this is a live recording to boot, so there are some flubs and moments of insecure ensemble. But the tradeoff is hearing this music played with the freshness and zeal of a new discovery, as opposed to the staid interpretations that are possible from orchestras that have played this symphony hundreds of times. Most importantly, conductor Gunther Herbig has the ability to reconcile two seemingly opposite interpretive approaches: playing up dramatic moments while never losing sight of the long line of phrases and the forward momentum of the music. The result is a taut yet flexible first movement and scherzo (here played as the second movement), an andante that manages to sing while never losing its flow or getting bogged down in sentimentality, and an impulsive finale with great orchestral buildup to the climaxes and a truly catastrophic coda (you won't hear more violent timpani work anywhere else). Applause is included but comes far enough after the final note that you can skip it if you choose, and the audience is extremely well behaved throughout. Overall, this and George Szell's Cleveland Mahler 6 are the two best live Mahler Sixths I've heard, and this recording is certainly one of my favorites among all contenders, live or not. But it proved difficult for me to get here in the U.S., so snap it up if it's available.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Perfect balance 11 May 2007
By L. Johan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
On this record we hear Günther Herbig conducting a live performance of Mahler's sixth, with Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra playing. A less well-known orchestra and not quite so famous conductor. But this recording deserves to be heard.

Some drawbacks first, however: Herbig omits the first movement exposition repeat, but with the excuse that the recording is taken from a concert. There are also a few audible coughs from the audience.

Half-cons: Andante is placed second, as on Rattle's recording (EMI). But this is perhaps not a drawback. Since the whole performance is placed on one disc this can easily be adjusted by programming the CD player.

Some pros: the orchestra plays as good as possibly they can, not on routine. Herbig adopts a detached view of the work, not over-emphasizing any part or section. The hammerblows (just two, as usual) in the finale are, for example, quite loud but not too loud as in Zander's recording with Philharmonia (Telarc).

The interpretation is somewhat similar to Bernstein's (SONY) and Szell's (SONY), but is far better recorded than these. That is: it has an forceful drive but it is not extravagantly "personal", as is the case with, for example, Rattle's (EMI). Nothing is overarticulated, but in perfect balance.

Hence this is a very "symphonic" Mahler sixth, in which the classical structure of the work gets a clear, well performed, and powerful presentation. Very well recorded and at midprice, it is a bargain.

Warmly recommended!
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