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5.0 out of 5 stars Boulez comes up trumps
Boulez' Mahler cycle has been the cause of heated debate - it seems you either love his interpretations or hate them. Cold and analytical are two of the adjectives often applied to the recordings but this Mahler 1 is undoubtedly as far from that as you can get. There is a warmth and humanity here that means you listen with a smile on your face. At the same time Boulez...
Published on 7 Feb 2003

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3.0 out of 5 stars I was expecting more
I have all of Boulez Mahler and I was expecting a little more energy from this recording. Plus the quality of the recording is quite a bit below where it should be for the combination of orchestra, conductor and label.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boulez comes up trumps, 7 Feb 2003
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This review is from: Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (Audio CD)
Boulez' Mahler cycle has been the cause of heated debate - it seems you either love his interpretations or hate them. Cold and analytical are two of the adjectives often applied to the recordings but this Mahler 1 is undoubtedly as far from that as you can get. There is a warmth and humanity here that means you listen with a smile on your face. At the same time Boulez still manages to bring out details that other recordings miss. Add to this wonderful playing by the Chicagoans and blazing sound and this ranks alongside the very best recordings available.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boulez & Chicago in Mahler 1 are excellent, 13 Dec 2009
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Mr. Mark A. Meldon (Somerset UK) - See all my reviews
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This DG recording of Mahler's first symphony was released back in 1999 but remains a top choice among the multitude of available recordings of this glorious work. Some British critics seem to have been rather dismissive of the Boulez cycle (recorded over many years with several orchestras), but I think that amongst relatively recent recordings, this version is one of the best available choices.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is world-renowned for its brass section, clearly important in this composers work, and the DG engineers produced a very good recording, another important consideration with Mahler's symphonies. Although I rather like "historic" recordings, the limitations of pre-1960s recording technonolgy does make some "renowned" Mahler performances quite hard work. Boulez is often decribed as "cool" or "unemotional" as a conductor (rather unfairly?); this is not a cool performance and I think he conducts the CSO more appropriately than the over-rated Solti recording of the same piece.

Modern compaisons are Haitink, also with the CSO Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Haitink), the showy Bernstein in his over-the-top later recording Mahler Symphonie No 1 Concertebouworkest Amsterdam Bernstein, and Michael Tilson Thomas from San Francisco Mahler - Symphony No. 1, although I have only heard the latter once. Older recordings well-worth hearing/owning come from Kubelik Mahler: Symphony No.1/Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen orMahler: Symphony No. 1 and Bruno Walter Mahler - Symphonies Nos 1 & 2, despite the archaic sound.

The Boulez/Chicago recording is engaging, well-recorded, and comes highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a breath of fresh air, 17 April 2012
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T. Graff (Wales, UK) - See all my reviews
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The favourite accounts of Mahler's first symphony appear to be those of Kubelik Mahler: Symphony No.1/Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Bernstein (DG) Mahler: Symphony 1 and perhaps not without good reason. Mahler's first symphony is however a work that has long suffered being used as a vehicle for various conductors' megalomania - over laden with subjective interpretation it sounds increasingly tired and seems to lose its once tremendous capacity for capturing the listener's imagination.

In an interview with Universal Edition, Pierre Boulez suggested that he views Mahler from a sort of deconstructive, "second Viennese school" retrospective. As part of that very lineage and a leading interpreter of Webern and Berg he is well equipped to deliver. He also favours an adherence to composer's intentions and works to achieve complete textural clarity. The resulting performance is refreshing. All the excitement and emotion is faithfully read from Mahler's score - rather than being forced upon it - and not a single line of polyphony is lost. The always-adept Chicago Symphony Orchestra produce a technically brilliant account, with the famously hefty brass facilitating a powerful finale.

Deutsche Gramaphon's "4D" recording technology - although admittedly unrealistic - further aids Boulez' penchant for crystal clear music and makes for a satisfying listening experience. Highly recommended.
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 2 Feb 2008
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I am not a classical music buff and don't have all the 'correct' terminology, but all I can say is that I've just enjoyed a wonderful afternoon listening with my grandchildren aged 4 and 6 years who improvised on trumpets, drums, cymbals and violins. Pure joy on their part and mine.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I was expecting more, 12 Feb 2013
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I have all of Boulez Mahler and I was expecting a little more energy from this recording. Plus the quality of the recording is quite a bit below where it should be for the combination of orchestra, conductor and label.
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