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Mahler: Symphony No. 6


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listen  1. Symphony No. 6 in A minor 'Tragic': Allegro energico, ma non troppo24:33Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 6 in A minor 'Tragic': Scherzo (Wuchtig)14:14Album Only


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listen  1. Symphony No. 6 in A minor 'Tragic': Andante15:43Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 6 in A minor 'Tragic': Finale (Allegro Moderato)30:04Album Only

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  • Orchestra: Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazional di Santa Cecilia
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Composer: Gustav Mahler
  • Audio CD (November 15, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B005MLQF06
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,829 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Maestro Antonio Pappano leads the Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in this magnificent 2011 recording of one of Mahler's most popular works: Symphony No. 6. Currently music director of the Royal Opera House, Convent Garden and the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, this release is not only Pappano's his first orchestral recording since the 2011 recording of Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 but also his first Mahler recording on EMI Classics.

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I love Pappano's pacing.
William Dodd
The sweetness of the Alma theme in the first movement will probably catch most listeners' attention and make them notice something different here.
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Fortunately, Pappano really picks up the tempo through the movement's climactic passage near the end.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Poincare on August 29, 2012
Format: Audio CD
The latest rendition of Mahler Sixth is - unexpectedly - from an Italian source and it is surprisingly excellent. Conductor Antonio Pappano (whose Wagner's Tristan und Isolde received kudos everywhere)'s understanding of the score as well as Mahlerian idioms is fully on display in this recording. His interpretation has the epic scale, sweeping spectacle and swagger, but it also shows an uncanny knack for bringing out the inner logic and beauty that are inherent in the work. Best of all, Pappano's choice of tempo for all four movements couldn't be better: I.- 24:33, II - 14:14 III - 15:43, IV - 30:04. Thank God, for once we hear the Scherzo in the second movement!

Granted, there are moments when the various members of the orchestra slip notes here and there, while the recorded sound, somewhat coarse and dynamically compressed, is not up to EMI's very best. However, taken as a whole this might well be the best modern version of the composer's most personal and tragic (some might argue his greatest) symphony.

Highest recommendation.

P.S. I've listened to this recording more than dozen times now, and I am convinced that Pappano and his orchestra pretty much have nailed everything down in the score. So, let's make a bold announcement here. This is the best modern recording of the symphony on a par with the Bernstein (Sony) and Tennstedt (EMI). Pappano's reading strikes a perfect balance between the gut wrenching emotions and the classical architecture of the music like no other before him. In terms of sound and playing, it beats them all.
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Other reviewers have expressed surprise at how well Antonio Pappano has fared with his Italian orchestra in Rome. I'll chime right in. The Mahler 6th has enjoyed a wealth of great readings from major orchestras, and it would be easy to overlook this reading from a comparatively minor Italian orchestra.

Understandable as such apprehensions are, they overlook Pappano's mastery, which enables him to approach the symphony with a breath of fresh air. Pappano doesn't try to compete with his many rivals for virtuosity or orchestral impact. Instead, he searches for lyricism with a feel of sweeping vivacity. At a quick glance, such an approach might sound like a dosage of Mahler-lite. Quite to the contrary, Pappano phrases with conviction that adds to the tragedy. Is it possible to be songful while still digging below the surface? In this case, absolutely. The result can be almost breathless at times, and rather harrowing.

As much as I love the Mahler 6th, it can easily become exhausting. That was my complaint with the classic Karajan reading, which made incredible impact but ran the risk of sounding too inflexible. Somehow Pappano maintains the intensity while standing out for freewheeling inspiration. It's volatile, and comes across as without a trace of pre-meditation. Lines sound rough-hewn with no attempt to smooth anything over. There's nowhere near the virtuosity heard on Abbado's Berlin reading from a few years prior, but it really doesn't matter. The music-making is undeniably inspired and my attention is kept from beginning to end.

Collectors may want to know that Pappano places the Scherzo second, and at over fourteen minutes takes longer than Bernstein, Karajan, Tennstedt, Abbado, Jansons, and Gergiev, to list the recordings I used for comparison.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 17, 2011
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. . . is that a bit of extraneous hyperbole? Yes, I suppose so; especially since Mahler composed the symphony almost ten years before the start of Word War I. But Pappano's new and totally unexpected Mahler 6 takes us far beyond the usual notion that the sixth is about little more than Mahler's personal insecurities or, worse yet, the often quoted, 'three strikes, you're out!', boogie man of fate concept (which was really Alma's attempt to try to make sense out of that time period). What rubbish!

Pappano begins with a very measured, very militaristic view of the opening A-minor march, then never lets go until the symphony is finally over. In the development passage - located after the first pastoral, 'cowbell' episode - Pappano hammers the march rhythms to the point of making one wonder if the constant low 'A' in string basses isn't, in fact, the main melody. Yet, Pappano doesn't permit his timpanist to just pound away nonstop; the way that James Levine so often times does. The scherzo - also taken at a more measured and deliberate gait - is more like an Austrian Laendler dance with a Howitzer gun than musicologist Theodor Adorno's, "Laendler with a polar bear". And while Pappano takes the numerous trio sections slower than I normally like (Alma's, "the children shifting back and forth on the beach sand in arrhythmic games"), the welcomed contrast in mood highlights Mahler's "old fashioned" description in the score. This is now a good spot to mention that the Italian woodwinds are far better than I ever would have imagined. There's certainly no shortage of fine orchestral musicians anywhere on the planet these days. But Pappano knows how to put them to great use and, more importantly, how to best serve the composer. Mahler requires great woodwinds.
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