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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Mahler, 24 Feb 2008
Petter Holmqvist (Malmö, Sweden) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Mahler: Symphony 9 / Strauss: Metamorphosen / Wagner: Siegfried Idyll (Audio CD)
Returning to this performance is always an event. In Klemperer's hands Mahler's last completed symphony is a living, breathing thing. Every detail of this miraculous score is tended to, but never at the expense of the big picture. Uniquely, Klemperer manages to be both deeply expressive and unflinchingly logical. But the defining feature of this interpretation must be its sense of rythm, its underlying and unifying pulse (nowhere better illustrated than in the vast first movement). Yes, the old boy (here in his 82nd year) is indeed rather slow in the middle movements, but wonderful phrasing and clear articulation make for fascinating rather than dull results, and the finale is everything one could wish for. Is it too bold to suggest that Klemperer never made a finer recording?

For anyone who cares about Mahler, and especially for those who consider his Ninth symphony to be his greatest, this is essential stuff.

The sound is very fine (1967 vintage) and the fillers are substantial.
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