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  • Performer: Birgit Remmert, Simon Keenlyside
  • Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus
  • Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle
  • Composer: Gustav Mahler
  • Audio CD (5 Oct. 1998)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B00000GCAK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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REMMERT / KEENLYSIDE / RATTLE

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Mahler is famous for having said that a symphony should be a whole world. And the Third, the biggest of the lot at least in duration, is a prime example of this. The subtitles he originally gave to the movements and later withdrew (What the Flowers Tell Me, What the Animals Tell Me, etc.) has perhaps encouraged the view that it is nothing more than a gigantic tone poem on aspects of this whole world. Mahler, however, was never less than a serious symphonic thinker.
This is brought home by Rattle's interpretation, particularly of the first movement. This movement can easily degenerate into a great sprawling mass. It is actually a perfectly logical development and expansion of classical sonata-form with a big slow introduction that takes two goes to launch itself properly into the allegro material as well as two separate development sections and a big coda. The structure is supported on pillars of the opening horn theme and satellite motifs derived from it. This reappears at crucial points in the structure, usually on the massed horns again or on the brass, and Rattle ensures that, at every appearance, it is given its full weight and import, often over the thickest textures. Even more illuminating is Rattle's approach to the slow introduction. He clearly sees the whole movement as a symphonic essay on the March (Mahler's original title for the movement was 'Summer Marches In') and he sets out his stall from the start. Amidst all the subterranean rumblings and upheavals, the lava spurts on the trumpet and the thunder-thwacks of the timpani (all gloriously recorded, by the way) there is the insistent slow march rhythm with the triplets of the bass drum. It's as if, in this picture of the creation of Nature, it is the nature of march itself that is trying to break free from the chrysalis.
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This, quite simply, is the most exhilarating, most accurate, most sensitive and most breathtakingly beautiful recording of a Mahler symphony that I have ever heard. Recorded in the accoustically outstanding Symphony Hall, the quality of the sound is perfectly crisp; every small detail of Mahler's inspirational orchestration can be heard. Sir Simon Rattle manages to control the huge forces of the CBSO with both dignity and flair. One of the highlights of the recording is the virtuosity with which the fiendishly difficult violin passages in the second movement are pulled off; the security of the ensemble is incredibly tight here and Rattle seems to be able to take this for granted in his fluid interpretation (perhaps spot on in the eyes of Mahler apart from the strangely swift final phrase of the last movement) of the work. The songs which bring the second CD to a close are a welcome bonus but are really nothing more than a space-filler after the epic main attraction.
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In many ways this is an absolutely superb recording of Mahler's Third Symphony. It's certainly one of the best-played I've ever heard, with the CBSO on world-beating form. It also benefits from high-quality sound engineering, with all the hallmarks of this team's work in Birmingham; instrumental clarity, richness of tone, a generous dynamic range and the handsome acoustic of an empty Symphony Hall. So far, so good.

However, where Rattle's treatment of the music is concerned, a few reservations creep in. His first movement is generally very strong, although I would have liked a bit more bite from the brass in the opening bars. The `summer march' episode also feels just a little restrained although the off-stage effects are very well-managed. He does let rip in the final bars though and the Birmingham players really bring it home with exuberance and panache, the final chord making a tremendous impact.

The second movement starts very well (the pizzicato strings sounding like raindrops on Mahler's flowers) but the rest of the movement feels too mannered. This is a botanist's approach to `What the Flowers Tell Me', too hung up on analytical detail at the expense of a wider picture; I don't think Rattle can see the meadow for the flowers.

I started to get a bit worried when the third movement began the same way, but Rattle soon loosens his collar and draws a virtuoso performance out of his orchestra. For me, this movement is the high point of this recording, its own highlight being the best posthorn solo I've ever heard. It's played immaculately and attacked with real confidence and commitment but still sounds dreamy and relaxed - quite a feat!
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This is a vast symphony that is sensitively performed by a leading UK orchestra. There is so much in it containing so many contrasting ideas and for anyone not familiar some explanitary notes are essential. The clarity of the sounds is vital and this is achieved here giving the tonality that pervades Mahler's works. Included as a bonus are eight songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn. They are well executed by singer and orchestra but for children's tales they tend to be a bit grim: an acquired taste.
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This is a terrific recording. I purchased from Zoverstocks and played it complete the day I received it, excellent! I don't know the score well enough to compare with other versions and I understand that Abbado is also excellent with this work but, from my own perspective, I played it, loved it and hope to enjoy for many years to come. Sound quality is very important to me and this recording is very well recorded.
It was well packed and arrived in good order within the time frame stipulated.
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