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Mahler: Symphony No 6 Import

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  • Audio CD (28 Mar. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Msi Music/Super D
  • ASIN: B0007INZHU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,359 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is an expanssive and extremely powerful live recording of 6th (on 2 discs), probably one of the greatest live recordings by Tennstedt alongside the Royal Festival Hall live performance of 5th. There was always something unforgettalbe when Tennstedt conducted in live, and this one is no exception. It seems he poured all his passion and life-long experience into this occasion. Very few performances of this symphony can move listeners so deeply. We are living in a boring age in which conductors are incapable of realising truly great musical experience. Beautifully remastered with added clarity and presence.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9230ac9c) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x923d1e88) out of 5 stars A Great Performance. 7 Mar. 2007
By Laurance Maney - Published on
Format: Audio CD
To begin with, this is NOT the Mahler 6th contained in Tennstedt's complete LPO cycle. The performance here was recorded live in 1991 in Royal Festival Hall by Keith Wilson and remastered for Toshiba-EMI by Yoshio Okazaki. Although 91 minutes long the performance has a sweep and urgency not often heard in even in Mahler. An absolute must.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x940fb4b0) out of 5 stars Tennstedt live in 1991 - his best Mahler Sixth 1 Feb. 2008
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
First, a consumer warning: The reviewer above identitifes this as Tennstedt's 1991 live Maahler Sixth as remastered in Japan, but when I ordered it from Amazon Marketplace, I received the 1983 studio recording instead, which is readily available, and much cheaper, in EMI's box set of the Mahler symphonies. It turns out that Japan EMI uses the same cover art, so it's easy to get the two confused. Be sure to check with your vendor.

As for the performance, this Sixth is more daring and extreme in its tempo shifts than what Tennstedt did in the studio. Hair-pin curves appear throughout the journey, so if you are a Mahler literalist, favoring Szell and Chailly, for example, Tennstedt's wild and woolly ways are likely to irritate you. He's particularly willful in the Scherzo, which is here placed as the second movement, creating a meancing world implied by Mahler's score yet not explicitly called for. The elegaic Andante is given a startling degree of visceral impact.

I like so-called interventionist conducting and found a great deal if imaginaiton and excitement in what Tennstedt does. After all, Mahler himself was such a conductor, as was his early advocate Mengelberg. Yet as always with extremists, the effect was probably more powerful and convincing in the concert hall than it is on CD -- will repeated hearings wear out the novelty? Only time will tell. The remastered sound is clear but bottom-heavy. The London Phil. plays considerably better than they did in the studio, where I found their execution lackluster.

In all, of the three Mahler Sixths that I've heard from Tennstedt (the other one being a muzzy live recording on the Memories pirate label), this is the most individual and therefore the best.

P.s. 2014 - Since this EMI release is hard to find, enthusiasts can get another wonderful live Sixth under Tennstedt from the LPO website.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x925eb024) out of 5 stars Shattering 28 Oct. 2010
By S. F. Spooner - Published on
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This recording is very special indeed. the LPO are on excellent form for a conductor they rightly adored. The frisson from this live music making is extra-ordinary. it may be nothing like as good a recording as some of the more modern versions but the sound is fine and it's the music that counts not the sonic spectacle. Tennstedt takes you on a journey with him, he makes you feel the emotion of this very emotional symphony like no other and the experience is shattering. There are probably half a dozen more proficient performances - Gergiev, Janssons, Tilsson Thomas etc. but none of them touch Tennstedt for his ability to move mountains. I foolishly didn't buy this when EMI initially released it and have had to buy the Japanese transfer which is not cheap. it is an excellent transfer and worth every penny.
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