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  • Conductor: Bruno Walter
  • Composer: Gustav Mahler
  • Audio CD (7 May 2001)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Dutton
  • ASIN: B00005B0HM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,126 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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This bargain disc, the first complete recording of Mahler's Symphony No.9, is a live performance from Vienna's Musikverein in 1938, conducted by Mahler's friend and pupil Bruno Walter. Indeed, Walter directed the very first performance of the symphony shortly after the composer's death. The first movement--one of the great symphonic statements--receives a long-recognised classic performance. There's all the terror of impending personal extinction without a descent into hysteria. Equally, the tender moments as rage subsides are unbearably poignant. The counterweight last movement is initially less successful, somehow taking time to settle. But settle it does, and the sense of a soul turning in on itself at the close is numbing. The orchestra is occasionally stretched in the faster middle movements, such is the bite and pace. But just hang on! Walter himself was unhappy with the performance as a commercial release, apparently worried by occasional messy ensemble and audience coughs. But the commitment and communication are remarkable, banishing some people's view of Walter as a kind of avuncular musical uncle. And the sound quality (supervised by legendary producer Fred Gaisberg) is nothing if not vivid for its day. An extraordinary way of being transported back to darkening days as war approached. --Andrew Green

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Colin Fortune VINE VOICE on 16 Aug. 2009
Format: Audio CD
This Dutton transfer of the famous 1938 live performance is the way to hear this recording. Mike Dutton has done a remarkable job in limiting the suface noice from the 78rpm recordings whilst keeping the dynamic range as wide as possible. Dutton has a superb way of showing just how much "information" there is to be found in 78rpm grooves and this is one of his better jobs.

Walter's swan-song remake of 1961 Bruno Walter Conducts and Talks About Mahler Symphony No. 9 (only available at very high price from Amazon Marketplace vendors at the moment) never reached the blazing intensity of expression that makes this performance so special. In 1961 we have a noble "farewell" conducted by a much older man who had seen much pain and grief in the 23 years between his Mahler 9 recordings. In 1938 we have the work expressed as a modern expressionistic piece where anger and dread go hand in hand until the wonderful finale.

The political situation well explains this, with the sense of gathering doom that must have been on the minds of the performers. Amongst other things, this is the last time that the pre-war Vienna Philahrmonic ever played together and the political situation before the Anschluss made concert-going something of a luxurious irrelevance. By the time the German annexation was over, all the Jewish members of the orchestra who could had fled to Paris or America - including Walter, of course, who at the time of the recording had seen the writing on the wall for he had already been replaced as director of the Dresden Orchestra by Richard Strauss, entirely because of his Jewishness.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jazz disciple on 4 Mar. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Leave your Simon Rattle at home - this is the first, and still the finest, version of this symphony committed to disk. Conducted by Bruno Walter, the symphony's dedicatee and Mahler's greatest disciple, the performance oozes authority in every bar of every movement. The second movement, in particular, invests a gentle German folk tune with a degree of venom and power still not repeated in any other recording. The last movement brims with poignancy from the knowledge that performances such as this were soon to be confined to history. A few weeks later, the German Anschluss began a chain of events that sent Bruno Walter, and many of his contemporaries, into exile cross the globe. This recording is a piece of history as well as an incredible listening experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. P. Lewis on 12 July 2011
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This performance is described as "hyper-tense" by Lebrecht in his book 'Why Mahler". As the brief but brilliant notes explain, given the circumstances it would be virtually impossible for it to have been otherwise. I suggest that putting Mahler temporarily aside, as the last performance of the old pre-war Vienna Philharmonic, this ought to be in your collection. While I find it difficult to accept any recording of the 'Resurrection' other than Walter's definitive CBS performance, I do think this falls off a little in the last two moments. Having said that, I still haven't found a better one.
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In spite of the aged sound, which Dutton has done a marvelous job of restoring [the best yet], this is a must have for any lover of Mahler or any music that grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. Walter's later stereo recording, albeit very fine, and sounding superb in the latest Japanese processing, notwithstanding, this is a must have. If you are familiar only with modern recordings of this symphony you at first won't believe your ears when you put on this disc. The intensity is tactile.
There can be little doubt that the tension in this performance is due to the fact that it was Walter's farewell performance with the Vienna as the Nazis, less than two months later, were about to takeover Austria. This performance/recording is one example of the existence of the despicable being at least in part a major cause of a sublime artifact.
Of all the great recordings that this great conductor and humanitarian Bruno Walter has left us this one rises in its intensity to the top.
Listen. And have the wine and a handkerchief ready to wipe away the sweat and the tears.
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