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Mahler: Symphony No. 9

Gustav Mahler , Claudio Abbado , Berliner Philharmoniker Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Symphony No.9 In D - 1. Andante ComodoBerliner Philharmoniker25:51Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No.9 In D - 2. Im Tempo Eines Gemächlichen Ländler. Etwas Täppisch Und Sehr Derb - Poco Più Mosso Subito - Ländler, Ganz LangsamBerliner Philharmoniker14:55Album Only
listen  3. Symphony No.9 In D - 3. Rondo. Burleske (Allegro Assai. Sehr Trotzig - Presto)Berliner Philharmoniker12:20Album Only
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  • Performer: Gustav Mahler, Claudio Abbado, Berliner Philharmoniker
  • Audio CD (June 11, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000063WRS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,248 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great place to start (and even end??) November 12, 2007
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Abbado shines in this great recording. It is tempting to say that this is not monumental and essential Mahler but I believe that is too easy and short sighted a comment. I have been a Mahler 9 fanatic for many years. I discovered it via the great Karajan recordings, both analog and digital but then grew to believe that Leonard Bernstein owned this piece (I'm not at all sure I don't still believe this).

Any lover of the 9th must seek out both the performance by, and documentary, of Bernstein conducting the work with the Vienna Philharmonic in March of 1971. All that said...... so many of the 9ths have issues. Karajan's versions are magnificent but somewhat hard and granite like at times and almost intractable if that makes any sense. Bernstein's four are essential but the NY Phil is a bit lackluster in the 60's and Bernstein did not live the piece like he did a few years later when he filmed it. The film with Vienna, as I mention above, is absolutely essential but the sound leaves something to be desired. The live Bernstein-Berlin is rightly considered timeless and, as some say, perhaps the greatest ever but, among other inconsistencies, the climax of the 4th movement (the entire symphony) is missing its main theme because the entire Trombone section somehow spaced out. The Bernstein-Concertgebouw, somewhat remarkable especially in the 1st movement, is so completely over the top at times that even a fan like myself has to throw up his hands. Haitink, Barbirolli, Walter, Sinopoli, Levine, Barenboim, and others all have their strong points but none of them quite match the intensity of both execution and perspective that Karajan and Bernstein bring to this music. THEN...... along comes this Abbado recording.

It is beautifully played. It is beautifully conducted.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performance, Not so good sound quality December 2, 2003
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Some people may say Karajan, Barbirolli, Horenstein, etc are better, but I don't believe there's only one definitive recording. And I'm very happy with this excellent performance by Abbado & BPO as much with the other recordings by Karajan and Haitink.
My only complaint is that its recorded sound is not very good in my opinion, especially the 1st movement. I don't know how I can explain this exactly, but I feel the sound is shrunken and distorted at strong bass. It sounds so unnatural and annoying. Because of this, I'll give only 4 stars. It worth 5 stars if you only think the performance only.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Abbado new recording on Mahler ninth symphony September 29, 2002
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Recorded "live" at the Berlin Philharmonie Hall, September 1999 this is the last of three new Mahler releases on DG. All the recordings include the previous two, the 3rd and the 7th made "live" by Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic.
Abbado new performance on the ninth is a really great one, different and special. Through the darkness lines he bring a real feeling of "dark lane" but he also find the "latent beauty" lines. In this way he seems closer to Horenstein LSO recording on BBC Legends (coupled with Mahler Kindertotenlieder) and to Zander Philharmonia recording on Telarc. Zander Adagio (the fourth movement) is about two minutes slower then Abbado, at 27'44" he is one of the length on record. Horenstein is also close to zander in his LSO recording for BBC Legends and even slower then Zander in his version for Music & Arts. Abbado is in the same class and he delivers the Adagio with great clarity. There is depth and sorrow and the feeling of being into the "edge". The Andante Comodo is impressively place by Aabbado; show understanding from highest order. Through the inner movements Abbado manage to build a strong basis to the Adagio. The Scherzo is gauged superbly and the amazing respond that the Berlin forces can offer brings a true feeling of exploring truth. The third movement Rondo Burleske is quite quick but since abbado has already achieved to put a strong momentum through the first two movements he doesn't lose even a slight of attention. Here also the strings shin beautifully.
The sound is close and well balanced so the instrumental details sound clearly. At times there are audience noises at the background (espeasily at the quietly passages) but they really don't interrupt. The reaction of audience themselves at the end of the performance edited in.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like An Opera October 11, 2005
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Sometimes this symphony can sound like a one big funeral. I have to admit it can be very moving that way. Sometimes, however, I want to hear it as a well crafted piece of art and Abbado's version delivers just that.

This is the performance that will never lose your interest from beginning to end. Thousands of different moods and emotions are clearly materialized as if one is hearing an opera with many characters and scenes. Abbado is very specific and descriptive. His players literally sigh, sneer, weep, and rejoice with the music. Characterizations of the woodwinds and brass are truly something to marvel at (example: the flute at the end of 2nd movt disappearing like a fairy). The new-born Berlin strings are still rich in tone but not as bottom-heavy as in Karajan era. You hear much more transparency than Karajan's or Bernstein's version. When this kind of sonic quality is combined with Abbado's obsessive emphasis on singing, the emotions of the tunes come out naked. I feel that EACH orchestra member, from the concertmaster to the back of the second violins, is truly playing their heart out instead of being driven by a conductor (you sometimes feel that way in many Mahler recordings).

A very fresh performance indeed. It will spotlight many hidden aspects of this amazing work. By the way, this is the most well-recorded Mahler 9th I have ever heard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Majestic Mahler
Having started my life in the land of the tulips and the windmills on a diet of Mengelberg, van Beinum and Haitink, it never ceases to amaze me how the views on Mahler... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Quinton Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Mahler the Magnificent
Fantastic recording. Wish i had been there. Amazon provides a great service to us Aussies down under. Good Music for world peace.
Published 9 months ago by Ian Brighthope
5.0 out of 5 stars Unavoidable
Can any-one like Mahler and not fall under the magic of Abado. The stunning combination of a great conductor and an iconic orchestra the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Published on August 15, 2012 by Eric
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic performance about death, by cancer diagnosed Abbado..
I currently own three or four different Mahler ninths on cd (and some vinyl), but I've heard at least two or three times as many. Read more
Published on January 16, 2011 by axel
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magnificent Reading
This performance of Gustav Mahler's Ninth Symphony sweeps you into the music immediately. One is caught up by the soaring opening melody, and Claudio Abbado allows the music to... Read more
Published on July 27, 2010 by David A. Wend
3.0 out of 5 stars "What's the point"
I'll not beat around the bush. This is not and cannot be one of the best recorded performances of Mahler's ninth symphony available as stated by most of the other reviewers. Read more
Published on January 24, 2007 by Steven O. Hemenway
5.0 out of 5 stars best single disc version so far
I very much like the way this is proportioned, which is quite similar to how Kurt Masur did it (also on one disc). Read more
Published on December 30, 2006 by B. Guerrero
5.0 out of 5 stars Mahler as a bridge between XIX and XX centuries
In any review, it is more important to discuss whether the players convey the spirit of the music to the listener than to compare it to alternatives which may have different... Read more
Published on August 27, 2006 by G. Camara
5.0 out of 5 stars A triumphant concert to crown Abbado's Berlin years
One of the crowning glories of Abbado's long career is his Mahler, which isn't altogether expected. Compared to Karajan or Bernstein, he is a naturally self-effacing condcutor,... Read more
Published on November 3, 2005 by Santa Fe Listener
5.0 out of 5 stars An equal to Karajan
This Mahler 9th may be equal to Karjan's great (2nd recording) of the work. I have to say was well as the Berlin Philharmonic played for Karajan, they play even better in this... Read more
Published on May 10, 2004
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