The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Simon Rattle has created another outstanding recording with this version of Mahler's Symphony No 3. The performance is rich and bold with exceptionally full bass. Rattle's interpretation fully displays this Symphony's deepest, intense and even ominous qualities. The enclosed booklet includes English and French translations of the songs and dialogues performed in German.
The recording location, the Symphony Hall in Birmingham, has received much critical acclaim from international musicians for its extraordinary acoustic clarity - amongst the very best in the world, making this digital recording an essential addition for all who enjoy Mahler's vast and powerful Symphonies.
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.
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.
I have a bit of a thing for Mahler, largely thanks to Simon Rattle's unbeatable 2nd symphony. But for some reason the third never quite did it for me, and I can't for the life of me think why. I've had the pleasure of hearing Sir Simon conduct the 2nd and 8th live (his final Birmingham concert and his Proms 8th) but I also managed to hear him conduct this, and I sat there kicking myself for not listening properly to this work sooner. The solo vocal movement, and the children's chorus are delightful - moving and entertaining in their turn. The long, tender slow movement is ecstatic. I whiled away the better part of a train journey from Scotland to London listening to this more than once.
Writing this review I'm minded to dig out my CDs and set aside the hour plus needed for it. Don't do anything else while it's playing. Enjoy.