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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully colourful & refined M7, 12 Feb 2010
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Scriabinmahler (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mahler: Symphony No.7 (Audio CD)
Probably no other symphonies offer wider interpretative possibilities than Mahler's 7th. It is a problematic symphony if you try to confine it within a certain style of conducting, but that only proves how great and rich Mahler's music is. I love Tennstedt and Bernstein's untamed performance with huge climaxes and extreme contrasts, but Abbado's beautifully crafted account with Chicago SO reveals other aspects of the symphony. Listers' attention is drawn to the subtle nuance and inner beauty of the music rather than mere emotional expressiveness. Chicago SO's playing is glowingly colourful and refined.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still one of the best recordings of Mahler 7, 8 Jan 2007
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Mr. Christian Hoskins (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mahler: Symphony No.7 (Audio CD)
This is a very fine performance of Mahler's 7th Symphony, probably the best of Abbado's 1980s Mahler cycle. The performance of the first movement in particular is extremely compelling, as dramatic as Bernstein's DG performance and even more beautifully played. The inner movements are also very well done.

Abbado rerecorded the 7th Symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic in 2001. The Berlin version has incredible orchestral playing and a more exciting finale. If forced to choose one version, the Berlin recording would be my first choice.

However, the sound quality of this Chicago recording is very good and the orchestral playing is excellent. It still has a lot going for it, despite the competition from Bernstein and the later Abbado. I'm glad to have it in my collection.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 20 May 2013
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Great pace, great sound, great playing. This is a must for serious collectors I think, or indeed anyone who loves post-romantic, ripe, glowing orchestral music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful recording of Mahler's Symphony No.7, 10 Dec 2013
This review is from: Mahler: Symphony No.7 (Audio CD)
I am a great fan of the Mahler Symphonies Sir Georg Solti recorded with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the 1970/80's for Decca. But I also am a fan of the Mahler Symphonies Claudio Abbado recorded with the CSO in the 1980's for DG. Unlike Sir Georg he didn't record all of them, only numbers 1,2,4,5,6 and 7,which of course is on this CD. It's a great recording of it and in my opinion is better than Sir Georg's Decca version, benefiting from a more open spacious sound from DG.

The opening Adagio has dazzling playing from the CSO, with a strong horn solo and woodwind playing backed by atmospheric strings. The inner movements are all fine but the first Nachtmusik is especially beautiful and lyrical, with powerful and rich strings and again some stunning brass playing, particularly from the horns and trumpets.
In the Rondo-Finale all the CSO sections including the percussion (with bells) are on top form, leading to a powerful climax.
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