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  • Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Jascha Horenstein
  • Composer: Gustav Mahler
  • Audio CD (3 Sept. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CFP Classics For Pleasure
  • ASIN: B00005O3Y2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,050 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Heiter, bedachtig. Nicht eilen
  2. In Gemachlicher Bewegung. Ohne Hast
  3. Ruhevoll
  4. Sehr Behaglich - Dame Margaret Price

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Here is a very rare record. Horenstein's interpretation of Mahler's fourth symphony, with Price and LPO in top form. Once, it was given a bad presentation on LP. But now some hero engineers have restored the sound, capturing this profound interpretation of Mahler's - I think - most difficult symphony. It's difficult because it's appears to be an easy work. But this interpretation reveals the depths of this masterpiece. Compared with other versions, e.g. Szell's, this is definitively more truly "Mahlerian" in style. Budget price, top quality.
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By Mr. Mark A. Meldon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Mar. 2008
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This 1970 recording by the LPO under the baton of Horenstein is lauded by many Mahler specialists and I can quite see why. I first bought this on LP in the early 1980s and, despite the noisy surfaces caused by cheap vinyl, pretty much wore it out.

From the very opening of this easiest to appreiciate Mahler symphony until the very end, the performance brings out the best in the dreamy score.

Now this great Mahler 4 has been spruced up by sympathetic remastering and re-released at a laughable price there is no need to hesitate!
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I had this a long time ago on LP, and I remember the Gramophone magazine review saying it was a good performance but they couldn't recommend it as the recording level was too low which meant it there was too much hiss when the volume was turned up high enough to hear it.
Well, I thought it sounded great then, and it's even better now! Possibly the best performance available.
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This disc would be a bargain at any price. At less than a fiver it represents incredible value for money. For this is a wonderful performance of Mahler 4.

I must confess to a certain prejudice towards Horenstein's Mahler. In the early days of the Mahler Renaissance, when performances and recordings of Mahler were in seriously short supply, I was introduced to most of the symphonies by Horenstein and Barbirolli (with a little help from Norman del Mar - No.3 - and Bernstein - Nos. 7 & 8). At the time Horenstein seemed the most echt Mahlerian of them all, most alive to the Bohemian/Austrian traditions in the music, most susceptible to its eccentricities and quirkiness, most ready to indulge the abrupt juxtapositions of the banal with the sublime without losing sight of the classical Austro-German symphonic history from which it grew.

Take the Scherzo in this Fourth Symphony as a case in point. It is not so much the weird effects of the scordatura tuning of Death's fiddle that really sticks in the memory: it is the wonderfully authentic sound of the Carinthian town band (alive and well to this day) that keeps interrupting on the clarinet. And this is backed up by some gorgeously brash horn solos that break out of the orchestral texture all over the place.

The great Adagio, on the other hand, is a finely sustained piece of symphonic argument. The main tempo has just the right flow to keep the movement moving. The string textures are always ideally balanced to allow melodic line and supporting harmony their proper voices. The many harmonic suspensions that act as waymarkers through this long movement - whether in the high sustained violin lines or in the heavy pizzicato tread of the basses - all screw up the tension to a remarkably high degree.
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