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4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality live recording, 20 April 2008
This review is from: Mahler - Symphony No 6 (LSO/Gergiev) (Audio CD)
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Gergiev's live Barbican recording of Mahler's 6th Symphony has one thing going for it - he gets it wrapped up in 77 minutes, which is a clear ten minutes quicker than some, if the enclosed booklet is to be believed. It does not appear to rush to shave those minutes off, and the LSO plays precisely and enthusiastically. The disc has the excitement that comes with a live recording, with a refreshing freedom from background noise. Having been brought up on Karajan and the BPO, it would take something special to displace that from first place, and this isn't it. The opening is handled well, and the andante is controlled, but the finale is marked allegro moderato and this performance seemed to me to drift. Rather than Karajan's studied stateliness and steady cranking up of tension, Gergiev goes for wistfulness and passion. Granted, this may be more unreservedly passionate than Karajan, and that has an appeal of its own. It is perfectly possible that romantics may prefer Gergiev's less obviously crafted approach. It's a respectable recording and worth hearing; but I doubt that I shall take it out very often for repeated play.

One small gripe: neither the CD liner nor the box sleeve has a track listing. If listeners know the piece this may be no problem, but since one of the LSO's avowed aims is to attract a new audience to classical music, a bit more information so they know where they are would have been welcome.
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Initial post: 21 Apr 2008 11:49:35 BDT
C. O'Brien says:
Just wanted to say that the CD booklet in my copy has a track listing...!

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Apr 2008 12:24:01 BDT
G. Brack says:
Yes, it does - same with mine. The point I was making was that if you knew nothing about the work you wouldn't know if you were getting 35 minutes or 77 for your money, because you can't read the booklet till you buy it.
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