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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Superb, 27 Dec. 2010
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This review is from: Mahler: Symphony No. 9 (Audio CD)
This is a warm, open, spacious Mahler 9 from Rattle and the BPO which I thoroughly recommend.

Although I am generally speaking an admirer of Rattle, I've found some of his previous Mahler recordings to be a bit fussy, as if Rattle was concentrating so much on the surface details he'd lost sight of the underlying spirit - a bit like Boulez, they sounded like people who'd mastered a foreign language - even though they were fluent, they didn't sound like a native - the head ruled the heart, etc.

Not here. This has a real Viennese lilt, the playing is sumptuous, and Rattle lets the music breathe. The first couple of movements are spacious, but tight, while the 3rd movement Burleske has real bite, and the closing passage is ferocious. The final adagio manages to combine that sense of serenity and loss, of desolation and consolation combined, which I only find in Mahler, without eschewing or wallowing in sentimentality.

In short, this is simply a great recording of a very great symphony. Now I want him to go and re-record all the rest.
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Initial post: 17 Apr 2011 19:46:39 BDT
Daniel Hogan says:
I agree, he should definitely record all of them again, especially now that he is with the best orchestra in the world!

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jul 2012 16:22:20 BDT
David says:
Having heard his new 2nd with the BPO I would hesitate to ask him to record them all again just at present. The best orchestra can often get in the way of interpretation. The new 2nd just doesn't work.
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