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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful sonics and Soprano = Great Recording, 17 Dec 2009
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Mr. Mark A. Meldon (Somerset UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mahler: Symphony No.4 / Berg: Seven Early Songs (Audio CD)
Whilst Chailly sometimes gets a bit of a rough ride from the critics, I have to say that this recording of Mahler's fourth symphony is absolutley top-notch. The Decca recording engineers manged to caputure the orchestra pretty much perfectly back in 1999; wide dynamic range, deep bass, and excellent clarity.

With Barbara Bonney as the soprano, sounding just wide-eyed enough, most should be perfectly satisfied with this CD. So, a good modern recording for your collection and best bought as a single CD rather than in the box set as you also get to hear Berg's "Seven Early Songs" in super performances; these "extras" are not in the box set.

However, with this often-recorded symphony, there is no "right" choice; no "absolute" best-buy! Those fond of older recordings should try Horenstein Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G (the sound is better than it was, but still not great) or Szell Mahler: Symphony No. 4, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (in perfectly adequate sound).

Two excellent, much more recent, recordings come from Boulez Mahler Symphony 4 or Gielen Michael Gielen Conducts, both of which you should hear as complimentary to this Decca CD.

Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 21 Feb 2011
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This review is from: Mahler: Symphony No.4 / Berg: Seven Early Songs (Audio CD)
A fine performance of the 4th Symphony with outstanding sound. Fabulous finale!

Berg's Seven Early Songs were a delightful extra - a new work to me.

It's largely a question of personal taste, but I far preferred this recording to the Boulez' one referred to by another reviewer - left me absolutely cold. Perhaps it's a case of 'traditional' working best?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Be surprised by the Berg, 3 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Mahler: Symphony No.4 / Berg: Seven Early Songs (Audio CD)
I bought this primarily for the recording of the Mahler, but I've found myself drawn to the Berg orchestral lieder more regularly. These are tautly controlled, transitional works which prefigure later expressionism, and an ideal way for anyone wanting to expand their listening into the 'difficult' Second Viennese School. Each song captures a fleeting moment with lovely orchestral colour and weaving, winding vocal melodies. This is an insightful pairing with the Mahler and clearly reveals the link between late Romanticism and early Modernism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent performance in stunning sound, 20 Mar 2000
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Alexander Leach (Shipley, West Yorkshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mahler: Symphony No.4 / Berg: Seven Early Songs (Audio CD)
If not quite as fine an interpretation as Maazel's on Sony, this is still an outstanding reading. The playing of the Concertgebouw is flawless, and if Bonney is no Katherine Battle in the Finale, hers is still a beautifully sung rendition.
If you liked Chailly's Fifth, you will enjoy this CD.
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