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Mahler: Symphony 4 Hybrid SACD, Original recording remastered

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  • Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Fritz Reiner
  • Composer: Gustav Mahler
  • Audio CD (21 Feb. 2014)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, Original recording remastered
  • Label: RCA Living Stereo
  • ASIN: B0009U55SI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Bedã¤chtig. Nicht Eilen
  2. In Gemã¤chlicher Bewegung. Ohne Hast
  3. Ruhevoll
  4. Sehr Behaglich; Das Himmlische Leben From Des Knaben Wunderhorn

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A beautiful rendition of Mahler's 4th by Reiner and the Chicago SO.
The performance gets close to the best ever recorded by Szell and the Cleveland SO Mahler: Symphony No. 4, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, but the fantastic SACD sound quality could tip the balance in its favour.
This is one of the best of the series, not to be missed if you are a fan of the Living Stereo series. Highly recommended.

Note for those with multi-channel playback equipment: On the SACD multi-channel layer, this is a 3 track recording (left, centre, and right speakers).
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This recording, made in 1958, is a remarkable technical and musical achievement in this newly remastered format. Musically it is one of the, if not the absolute, best performances I have ever heard of this symphony. Technically it stands comparison with Blu-ray productions such as those by Abbado and Gergiev in so far as every last detail that Reiner brings out is faithfully and clearly reproduced by the recording. What a fabulous orchestra the CSO was under Reiner!

The performance itself radiates a sunny atmosphere with Reiner keeping a light hand on the myriad textures that Mahler develops. The larger moments certainly fully rise to the occasion with plenty of weight - those towards the end of the first movement and the big climax of the slow movement especially. Otherwise this comes over as very much a joyful symphony with a pastoral flavour and very much Bohemian countryside. The solo violin is correctly kept within the texture of the orchestra so does not become dominant like a concerto soloist and so the proportions are retained as Mahler surely envisioned. Lisa Della Casa proves to be the perfect choice of singer for the last movement, perfectly matching Reiner's vision - and vision it is.

I would suggest that this is a very important musical document and fully deserving of serious consideration from anyone interested in this symphony. For those wondering if the latest remastering would justify replacing earlier copies, the answer on this occasion is, in my opinion, a very clear 'yes.'

This recording, made in 1958, is a remarkable technical and musical achievement in this newly remastered format. Musically it is one of the, if not the absolute, best performances I have ever heard of this symphony.
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I've listened to most of great recordings of Mahler's 4th symphony including Walter, Kubelik, Klemperer/Schwarzkopf, Horenstein/Price, Karajan, Solti, Levine, Maazel/Battle, Haitink/Ameling, Abbado, Chailly, Levi and so on, but this sublimely vivid account by Reiner/Della Casa comes on top of my list for its other-worldly beauty, emotional depth and incredibly rich orchestral colour. This is definitely must-buy for any serious collecters, alongside another great Mahler recording by Reiner - Mahler: The Song of the Earth [Hybrid SACD].
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Great prices excellent music
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Revelation 21 Sept. 2012
By G. Lapidus - Published on Amazon.com
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Genuinely amazing both sonically and performance-wise.

Reference System: OPPO 95 (with SACD), Counterpoint 3000 Preamp, 2200 Amp, Thiel 3.5 speakers.

With a library over several thousand CD's & DvD's this stands out as among the finest sounding and enjoyable performances. As many have said about these older living stereo recordings reissued and remastered in hybrid SACD, just wow; could have been recorded today in state of the art venues using such equipment. On many levels it's even better than that; how naturally analogue sounding and detailed the music is.

This particular CD is a must have for any who enjoy great classical music and appreciate excellent sound reproduction.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Straussian Mahler -- not bad at all 1 Jan. 2014
By RJAdams - Published on Amazon.com
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Reiner performed and recorded Richard Strauss much more than Gustav Mahler, suggesting he may have been personally more comfortable with the lavishness and spectacle of Strauss than the psychological terrain and testing of boundaries of Mahler. Nevertheless this is a very fine performance and recording of the popular Fourth symphony of Mahler, with sound and execution equal to any other version recorded in the last 55 years.

The 1st movement could be sweeter and more genial in other hands (Kletzki, Bernstein, Gatti), and the second might benefit from a rawer, more rustic conception. But the expansive third begins in a manner so consoling and full of human empathy, and its various moods and episodes so justly gauged, that one is left breathless. The climatic moment of the "opening of the gates of Heaven" is as marvelous as any climax in any Straussian score, and Reiner skillfully leads the listener from that majestic summit to Mahler's innocent (or mundane) rendering of heaven from a naive, common folk point of view. LIsa della Casa has the perfect vocal timbre for the 4th movement, although she sometimes sounds a hair flat to me, but this does not detract from the exquisite characterization she provides.

I have listened to this performance of the 4th symphony more than any other in my collection (Kletzki, Bernstein II, Solti I, Szell, an excellent Mackerras, and recently Gatti/Ziesak which just arrived -- see that forthcoming review).
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Mahler 10 Aug. 2007
By T. Schmalz - Published on Amazon.com
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One does not usually link Fritz Reiner with the music of Gustav Mahler; however, this recording, as well as the newly re-released "Das Lied von der Erde", is quite a surprise. The sound is spectacular and the level of interpretation is of the highest caliber. Lisa Della Casa's contribution is wonderful. All together, this is a glorious edition to RCA's Living Stereo Hybrid SACD series and well worth your money.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reiner leads the Chicago at the Birth of Stereo in Mahler's Wonderful Fourth Symphony 12 Dec. 2009
By Doug - Haydn Fan - Published on Amazon.com
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Now over a half-century old - this Reiner led Chicago Symphony performance of the Mahler Symphony No. 4 was made at the beginning of Decmeber 1958 - we're now treated to a revisit to the original work in the high end SACD format. Reiner was a past master in the works of Richard Strauss, (See for example his shattering recordings of opera excerpts - Richard Strauss: Scenes from Salome & Elektra [Hybrid SACD] so it's a treat to hear Reiner's approach to Strauss's musical peer in probably the most accessible of the Mahler symphonies. Instrumental balances are very nicely judged, order is maintained in the most tumultuous sections, and much of the glamorous sound of the Chicago solo players emerges. Soprano Lisa della Casa does not let the side down in the last movement, and I thought Reiner did justice to most of the score, struggling only a bit when it came to clarifying the profoundly elegaic Andante. People often spoke of the Chicago Symphony under Reiner as the symphonic version of a fine wine - and the orchestra certainly does call up the height of luxury and distinction. While I cannot quite mark this down as an unforgettable performance, it IS an unforgettable opportunity to hear the spectacular Chicago Symphony of that Golden Era under agreat Straussian, Reiner, in such an excellently played and recorded historic performance of a Mahler symphony.

The much ballyhooed SACD sound definitely catches ones attention, with greater detailing and less of the glare heard in a previous version. Notes claim the original tapes were never subjected to any equalization, and I certainly am not going to argue. To my ear RCA made even better and more successful recordings of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra around this time. (See the above) In a couple moments of the Mahler the metal percussion instruments ting out far too harshly.

However, at this price Mahler buffs who like to compare different versions should feel free to indulge their fandom!

Note: For some reason Amazon has crossed over reviews of another modern performance of the Mahler with this reissue under Reiner and Chicago. I left Amazon a note and hopefully they'll fix the confusion.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not definitive, but great sound ! 29 Jun. 2015
By Raymond F. Wiltgen - Published on Amazon.com
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Reiner was not in his "element" in Mahler generally. However, many musical items are handled surprisingly well. Listen to movements 1 & 3 for a great amount of detail that today's digital recordings lack.Some of the more reflective passages sound remarkably well. No, this is not the Mengelberg recording, but it pays dividends to those who can listen. Excellent sound, and a great value. Get it while you can.
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