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4.0 out of 5 stars Good performance let down by the recorded sound, 10 July 2010
Colin Fortune (Birmingham, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D major (Philharmonia Orchestra / Esa-Pekka Salonen) (Audio CD)
At the price on offer from Amazon this comes into the super bargain category and as a super bargain it represents good value. Salonen's interpretation of this live performace has plenty of passion and bite and the orchestra play very well for him in all the movements. The final Adagio is, as one would suspect, deeply moving and there is a good sense of the flow that delivers Mahler's multiple lines of music with great intensity in the other movements.

Alas the recording lets the production down, managing to mask the all important trumpet parts on several crucial occasions (like towards the end of the Andante Comodo) and to sound dull and a little distant. Increasing the playback volume (at least on my equipment) did not bring greater clarity. So a good interpretation but only 4 stars because of a less than clear recorded sound.
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