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Mahler: Symphony No.1
 
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Mahler: Symphony No.1

9 April 2001 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1964
  • Release Date: 9 April 2001
  • Label: Decca Music Group Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2001 Decca Music Group Limited
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  • Total Length: 54:00
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  • ASIN: B001N1748G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,345 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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I remember buying this as an L.P years ago. It was then (early 1970's) one of the very best Mahler discs around. But memory plays tricks, and would hearing it again on C.D. be as rewarding? You bet! It is a wonderful performance, where orchestra, conductor and engineers all came together to produce a classic. The L.S.O. is on superb form. The woodwind and brass sections in particular are special. Solti keeps the music moving, but is not as ruthless as he could be in some later Mahler recordings. The second movement Landler dances along, and the third, with its crazy clarinet interjections, is as bizarre as it should be. The finale is terrifically exciting, but relaxes where it should (wonderful string playing here).
The engineering is amazing for 1964; recorded in the Kingsway Hall, with John Culshaw producing, the sound is tangible in places, particularly the brass and percussion.
There are a number of fine Mahler 1's; but there are none better.
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I have quite a few versions of Mahler's First Symphony ( as do most Mahler afficianado's , I guess ) , but this one is right at the top of the pile , in my opinion , along with Kubelik/Bayern Rundfunks , and ahead of most others.
The sound is still good in absolute terms , and the performance is terrific . Lively and vibrant when needed , and refined and subtle also .
Solti has somewhat of a reputation as being a bit unsubtle at times ( totally unjustified from my point of view ), but this performance has everything . Certainly better than Bernstein's critically acclaimed efforts .
It certainly deserves the legends tag it is labeled with here .
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This disc is another successful re-mastering at 96kHx and 24 bits of impressive analogue recordings coupled to impressive performance from 1964. There are dedicated collectors who would assert that this period of time represented a peak in Decca’s technical achievements in the field of analogue recordings. This disc will add support to those views.

Solti had achieved an amicable working relationship with the LSO by this time and had yet to forge his later career in Chicago which was still recorded by Decca into the digital age. This change, although commercially and musically successful, was not always superior to earlier achievements. This recording was one such occasion.

Much of the difference lies in the nature of orchestral personnel as well as the change in recorded perspectives to suit. The LSO had always prided itself on promoting the individual talents of its members – the very antithesis of the BSO under Karajan for example. The Chicago orchestra under Reiner and continued through into Solti’s time was more interested in their combined skill as a corporate body.

These characteristics were allied to their choices of conductors. The LSO favoured conductors who were inclined to allow orchestral members to express themselves within the conductor’s overall concept. Examples such as Monteux, Kertesz and Abbado spring readily to mind. The Chicago orchestra was happier with a strong lead that was more dominant - Reiner and Solti being the obvious examples at that time.

Decca favoured a closer balance in Chicago which underlined the corporate virtuosity of the members and the power of the whole body of the orchestra. This was at the expense of a more generous ambient glow which is utterly apparent in this earlier LSO recording.
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Solti's 1964 recording of Mahler's mighty First Symphony with the London Symphony Orchestra is a fabulous performance which brings out the colours and the emotion of the music. Being interested in how the themes keep returning and being able to conjure a performance in which the emotions and ideas behind the notes are communicated are parts of Solti's genius as well as creating a soft yet warm and gritty colourful sound world. The first movement is so lovingly played and the atmosphere of Spring is here in its warmth and beauty. The second movement is very exciting; and then the way the third movement changes the whole mood is expertly done. The end of the third movement leads fluidly into the crashes of the fourth movement in which the theme of Fate destroying the happiness of the first two movements is played out against the wailing is terrific and the way the theme is transformed into humans wanting desperately to live and take on Fate and overcoming terrible feelings of death wiping out love of Nature and life is glorious. This is a fierce Mahler's First conducted by a genius conductor who really understood Mahler so well.
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