This is a beautiful, thoughtful, well played Mahler First.
The first movement is excellent, an ideal blend of mystery and vibrancy, perfectly paced (not too fast or slow), with moments of unique phrasing. Although some aspects of the orchestral play and sound are not consistent (or strangely dim on the recording) movement is as good as any, and worth the price of admission. The second movement is also very good. The energy dims just on the third and fourth movements, a slight lack of edge, and lack of bite and power.
It is a tall order, virtually impossible, to match the insight and depth of some of the legendary interpretations of past generations (Jascha Horenstein's 1970 recording with the LSO is a leading example), and this new offering is not revelatory on that caliber.
Also note that this is not even the best Mahler First from Fischer with this orchestra. They have performed the same work better than what is represented here.
But overall, this CD is good. Familiar ground is handled with polish,and a few twists along the way, making this one of the better Mahler Firsts in years. Which unfortunately is not saying much, in an era of increasingly austere, clinical, characterless, unsatisfying Mahler. None of that here. In its best moments, there is a personal quality to Fischer's interpretation, most notably on the lyrical passages, and that is welcome.
This is a thoughtful, warm, intelligent treatment handled with affection and care. Well worth hearing.