Klingsor Tristan

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Mahler: Symphony No. 9 ~ Berliner Philharmoniker
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 ~ Berliner Philharmoniker
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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 smallest detail to the broadest overall picture. They are abetted by recording engineers who produce a wonderfully detailed and immediate sound-picture - much better, I would suggest than their counterparts for Rattle in Vienna. It's therefore over the performance that the discussions start.

It is naturally not so very different from Rattle's previous performance with the Vienna Philharmonic; the timings for each movement are within seconds of each other with the exception of the Finale which is a little… Read more
Grande Messe des Morts ~ Gabrieli Consort and Players
Grande Messe des Morts ~ Gabrieli Consort and Players
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A REVELATION, 14 May 2012
What a revelation this performance of Berlioz's Messe des Morts this is. I've always admired the work for its drama, its theatricality, its stunning orchestration and its sheer originality. But I've never quite managed to fall in love with its music qua music. McCreesh's performance here, with his massed forces fully meeting all Berlioz's extravagant demands, has finally convinced me - overwhelmed me even.

First there is the sound. The (presumably) grand spaces of the Gothic church of Mary Magdalene in Wroclaw produce the kind of vast perspectives envisaged by the composer for its original performance in les Invalides in Paris. The engineers have captured the long… Read more
Mitropoulos Conducts Mahler ~ Philharmonic Symphony O&hellip
Mitropoulos Conducts Mahler ~ Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra/Vienna Philharmonic/Mitropoulos
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
When these electrifying and thrilling recordings were made, no real performing tradition for playing Mahler had yet been established. These live performances from 1956-60 predate the renaissance in interest in Mahler that really took off with his centenary in 1960. And, as such, they make for considerable historic interest as well as absolutely riveting listening. Certainly there are what we would take for quirks and eccentricities by modern standards both in character and in tempi - a rather slow landler in Symphony No.1, for example, with slightly curious agogic pauses in its trio; a fast minuet and a particularly swift posthorn trio in the scherzo of No.3; an exceptionally slow… Read more

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