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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This changes everything in Mahler on Blu-ray, 29 May 2014
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Dr. Peter J. Mckenzie (Oxford, Oxon United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mahler: Symphony No. 6 [Riccardo Chailly, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig] [Accentus: ACC10268] [Blu-ray] [2013] (Blu-ray)
Bought because Ian Giles, utterly incredible reviewer, gave a most detailed review. I can hardly think what to add, except this blu-ray on the amazing Accentus label, completely changes my expectations of classical music recorded on blu-ray. It is just stunningly and incredibly good audio even including the positioning of each part of the orchestra (watch the Chailly Mahler 5th also) in the best sound I have ever heard in my home, not slightly the best but just astonishing, - this and the Mahler 5th have fantastic video documentaries also. If you like Mahler and have Abbado (what a loss!) and like really natural, perfectly balanced audio, buy the blu-rays and beg, borrow or buy a good surround system to hear what is now achievable. These classical blu-rays have (for me) just broken through a reality barrier, particularly in audio, perfection in audio balance, and of course a superb picture. I never have reviewed if Ian has also, but do read his really expert reviews and then be astonished when you get these Accentus recordings. I am just stunned. I think we may have Abbado's successor in Chailly, and these are words I never thought I would write, ever. Keep or get all the Abbado recordings, but I will listen to Chailly over and over again! My system is mostly obsolete now but all channels are identical. The speakers 'disappear' and the huge orchestra with amazing percussion, gorgeous everything else, make Accentus seem years ahead of the older and even the best newer competitors' versions. Musically, fabulous but see Ian Giles reviews. Also the fantastically good bonus videos - also see Ian Giles' review.

I would say 'buy both 5th and 6th'. You will hardly believe what you hear and see. I have no connection with Accentus, just great admiration!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite magnificent, 22 Nov 2013
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John Chandler (Melbourne, Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mahler: Symphony No. 6 [Riccardo Chailly, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig] [Accentus: ACC10268] [Blu-ray] [2013] (Blu-ray)
I have compared this with the excellent Abbado disc recorded in 2006 by the same producer and it is evident they have thought through camera placements, instrument highlighting and zoom ratio to give an even more illuminating visual feast. The sound is also better focussed with wonderful clarity and real rasp to the darker elements of the score. Chailly has the measure of Mahler as we saw with his magnificent second symphony and this is just as fine. This is now the disc to get. Outstanding performance and a really interesting bonus discussion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is excellent on all counts and may arguably be the best choice now available, both musically and as a recording, 14 Dec 2013
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I. Giles (Argyll, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mahler: Symphony No. 6 [Riccardo Chailly, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig] [Accentus: ACC10268] [Blu-ray] [2013] (Blu-ray)
This disc was recorded over three performances in 2012. The final result is a seamless 'performance' as if recorded in one single 'take.' The order of movements places the scherzo third and the slow movement second which relates to the second and final printed edition of the score.

Chailly takes a markedly forward-paced view of the work and this is established from the start with a driving and biting attack from the lower strings. The effect of this insistent approach is to produce a dramatic rather than a tragic effect. This is in marked contrast with Abbado's performance from Lucerne where Abbado lays great emphasis on the emotional content of the work which delivers an almost spiritual experience, Chailly, in contrast, aims primarily for structural clarity which in turn delivers a work of dramatic drive and intensity. He justifies this by emphasising Mahler's own preference that the music should be able to speak for itself by way of its compositional structures.

Thus Chailly, in his post performance discussion, makes the point that Mahler valued clarity above all in his music making and that is what Chailly absolutely delivers here. The 'fateful' hammer blows in the finale are therefore dramatic rather than tragic in their effect. Overall this is large-scale music making of real muscularity supported with superb individual and corporate playing. The reading is bitingly dramatic for much of the time, with the slow movement offering respite from the on-going drama of the rest. It would be misleading to describe the performance as refreshing as that would possibly imply something lightweight. However it does deliver a refreshing concept by its emphasis on clarity and drama rather than tragedy as the ultimate goal.

The sound is particularly vivid with wide range and depth and is fully up to the considerable demands of this score with its huge orchestral forces requiring an enormous range of timbres. The camera work is typical of this producer and offers an ideal combination of non-invasive detail as well as more distant shots. The imaging itself is crystal clear and of high quality resolution and colour reproduction. The sound is provided in DTS 5.1 and stereo of great clarity and range and of considerable realism.

The bonus feature of this disc amounts to an 18 minute discussion in front of an audience with two colleagues. During this, matters such as the order of movements, the reduction of hammer blows down from the original 5 to the current 2 are discussed in some detail. Also discussed are interpretive details of the actual performance and various influences upon the presentation of the work historically and currently. It might be a good idea to watch this bonus feature before the performance although I personally watched the performance first.

This, therefore, is a very impressive concept, performance and recording which is certainly the equal of the fine Abbado alternative. I would hesitate to describe either of these disc as the better as they really offer two alternative but complementary views, both done very well and convincingly.

In summary, I would suggest that committed collectors would probably benefit by opting for both discs while others, not so committed to collecting multiple versions, would probably be content with either and should consider themselves lucky to have such a choice at this level. This is an excellent disc on all counts and will arguably be the preferred choice for those who resist Abbado's more emotional reading.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent service., 12 Jan 2014
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This was a requested Christmas present to my cousin - who is a Mahler 'fan' and can be highly critical of CD recordings - however this particular recording met with great approval - praise indeed!!
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