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Symphony No 9

G. Mahler Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 29, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Signum UK
  • ASIN: B003L1N4P8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,446 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Symphony No. 9 in D major: 1. Andante comodo
2. Symphony No. 9 in D major: 2. Im Tempo eines gemächlichen Ländlers. Etwas täppisch und sehr derb
3. Symphony No. 9 in D major: 3. Rondo-Burleske. Allegro assai. Sehr trotzig
4. Symphony No. 9 in D major: 4. Adagio, Sehr langsam und noch zurückhaltend

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Mahler No 9 September 24, 2010
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Salonen has done it again...Breathed new and refreshing life into an old war horse. I saw him do it at one of his last performances at Disney Hall with Beethoven's 5th Symphony, and I have heard his magic at work again on this recording. Salonen has thoroughly cleaned, polished and oiled Mahler's brilliant and wonderful 9th into an even more beautiful, modern-sounding piece. Every instrument shines. Every single note sparkles. Salonen has carefully sculpted the 9th down to its pure essence, allowing the listener to hear clearly what Mahler is saying. What this symphony is saying to me is that it is a summing-up of life through whimsical memories and sober reflection. The joy and sadness we experience. The lovely and the frightening. The tender moments and the tragedies, the hopes and resignations, etc. An honest appraisal of our journey through this fascinating existence. I wish I had the musical vocabulary to express just how perfectly this 9th forms and plays and finally subsides. Other versions of Mahler are weighted down too heavily, and often are muddied or muffled or even flabby. Salonen lets the melodies and harmonies radiate the warmth and wisdom of the composer by doing away with such excesses as heavy orchestration and/or slower tempos. This complex symphony is stated fluently, clearly and elegantly by Salonen. I predict that this recording will win Mahler many new fans. Stepping-in to conduct Mahler's 3rd at short notice brought Salonen instant fame at the beginning of his career. Salonen proved then and shows again now, that he has an intuitive sense about Mahler. I hope Salonen wants to continue exploring through the cycle. Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Salonen+Mahler 9: Crystalline Polyphony, Virtuoso Band November 14, 2011
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After spinning this disc, I quickly found myself thinking that this is the sort of reading of the Mahler ninth symphony that, perhaps, the failed Pierre Boulez disc w Chicago SO may have aspired to be. The Philharmonia of London is playing at top form. The recording sound is good, too, though at these high levels of instrumental expertise, one may belatedly wish that we had this reading in SACD multiple channels. Lacking that, I still enjoyed this single disc version of the symphony to such an extent that it easily finds space on the keeper shelves.

Salonen's take on this gigantic work may raise eyebrows, and as one reviewer here has put it, get demerits for being 'too cool' in Mahlerian angst. I really, really like lots of Weltschmerz overall in Mahler, and the ninth symphony is no exception. What Salonen and the PO London serve up has enough size, dimension, and complexity that it kept me involved throughout. My single disc benchmarks for the M9 started w Barbirolli w Berlin, and evolved from there. I typically like the two-disc readings by, say, Wyn Morris, James Levine, Sanderling, Klemperer, and others. Yet some single disc readings do have staying power. Salonen's may be among the keepers, even though I would never, ever want this single disc outing to be my only Mahler ninth.

Tempos are on the faster side, and the musical flow is always moving forward under Salonen. The balancing of textures is so clear that at times the instrumental playing across band departments seems etched in fine lead crystal, ringing like crystal in many Mahlerian moments. The five-tempo polyphony of the first movement is simply so expertly handled, given Salonen's frame, that it might sound too easy, and to that extent, too cool or less than committed, involved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clarifying and Distilling Mahler's Mighty 9th January 14, 2011
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Esa-Pekka Salonen has the gift to approach very large works (eg., Schoenberg's 'Gurrelieder', Wagner's 'Tristan und Isolde' etc) and bring them to the listener as fresh experiences. There is much in Mahler's long Symphony No. 9 that in less capable hands becomes overly prolonged to the point of ennui - and that is as much Mahler's doing as it is in performance standards. This symphony contains some of Mahler's most rapturous moments - the opening of the first movement and the entire final movement for example - he ever wrote. But it also contains extended diversions of ideas planted in the first movement that plead indulgence. The second and third movements are well composed and succinct enough in the manner in which ideas are stated and recapitulated that they move along very well.

In Salonen's hands many of the 'problems' are resolved by his careful attention to architecture and to focusing on the myriad solo lines that so many conductors allow to be buried in the massive accompaniment. Under Salonen's baton the entire symphony feels cohesive, more so than in the hands of others. And yet for all of his intellectual analysis that leads to the resulting comprehensible overview there is never a lack of the heartfelt emotion that Mahler so liberally shares in the final movement. This symphony has much to say about Mahler's struggles and his successes and it also seems to communicate his obsession with the inevitability of death.

The Philharmonia Orchestra plays well for Salonen. This recording stands with the finest for performances of the Mahler 9th Symphony and it is highly recommended. Of note, there is another Mahlerite on the rise: Gustavo Dudamel is performing the Mahler 9th with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in preparation for a European tour. He is at one with Mahler's works, and probably at this point has the slowest tempi for this symphony in all movements. It makes for a fascinating approach, if a long evening! Grady Harp, January 11
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