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The Good ,the Bad and the problem.
on 16 March 2014
For the first time in this Mahler - Abbado series I have to register a complaint. The orchestra plays magnificently throughout and as a listening experience this would be blissfully enjoyable. Alas ! The behaviour of a few members of the woodwinds make it an embarrassment instead., The 1st. oboe player is the main offender. He seems incapable of playing a single note without lunging forwards or the reverse and the 1st flute is nearly as bad. Others have mild attacks of this disease as well.l In the concert hall this may not be a problem - distance would lessen the impact, but on the recording every solo gets a "close up" and the result is very annoying.(I can imagine Sir Thomas' faced with this behaviour " Mr----, please save your calisthenics for home" ) If this isn't bad enough then just wait until the contralto gets going. She seems to think that every phrase of the song needs facial interpretation and the result is both extremely funny or squirm producing - or both. Great performance - but only for the visually impaired or the very tolerant.