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Simon Rattle began recording the Mahler symphonies for EMI Classics in 1987, the first foray being Symphony No. 2 with the CBSO, and the subsequent cycle has seen great critical success. Gramophone said of Sir Simon's earlier recording of Mahler 9 with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra for EMI: "How thrilling it is to hear the score projected at white heat! This is at various times the loudest, softest, fastest and slowest Mahler Ninth on disc." And the magazine commented on his Mahler 10 recording with the BPO, which was his first Mahler with the orchestra: "Rattle makes the strongest possible case for an astonishing piece of revivification that only the most die-hard purists will resist. Strongly recommended."
With over 225k sales to date, his recordings of Mahler 5 and 10 with the BPO have certainly been a huge hit, and this new recording of Symphony No. 9 is sure to be just as successful amongst his many fans.
`Sir Simon Rattle has once again demonstrated his great affinity for this music and his ability to recreate it in the most thrilling fashion.[...] It is hardly possible to imagine a realization of this music at once more moving and more menacing. The finale was heavenly, with the Berliners pulling out all the stops. Outstanding solo playing, subtly savoured colours, saturated and warmly sonorous wind chords and a pianissimo that died away into utter oblivion - all these contributed to making this a sensational concert.'
-- Oberösterreichische Nachrichten, August 29, 2007
This version of the 9th is very authoritative, and feels as if it is an accurate rendition of what the composer was feeling.Published 17 months ago by Archie
An excellent recording of an often under played piece. Sir Simon and the Berlin Phil on really good form. BrilliantPublished on 16 Jan. 2013 by James S. Gault
The first thing to say about this recording is that we have an absolutely virtuoso orchestra playing for a conductor who knows exactly what he wants and how to get it, from the... Read morePublished on 25 Aug. 2012 by Klingsor Tristan
I must say that I find Rattle's recordings to be hit and miss affairs. He tends to try too many gimmicks, when a more straightforward approach would be better. Read morePublished on 24 Sept. 2011 by Rf And Tm Walters
I did not order the Mahler 9 but got it by error. despite Amazon not admitting their error I am grateful they did make it because this is Simon Rattle and the Berliner at their... Read morePublished on 29 Nov. 2010 by Dr. W. T. Riches