Mahler: Symphony No.7 Import
Mahler s Seventh Symphony is sometimes referred as the Song of the Night, however this nickname was not Mahler s own and he disapproved of it. In 1904, Mahler was enjoying great international success as a conductor, but he was also, at last, beginning to enjoy international success as a composer. The symphony was written during his annual summer holidays at his lakeside retreat over the course of two years. This performance featuring Zubin Mehta leading the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra was recorded live in 2007.
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Mehta's work with the Israel Philharmonic (if I may generalize on the basis of only a few recordings) seems warm, relaxed, and genial, focusing more on lyricism than intense drama. The Israel Philharmonic here seem on their best behavior. They play well and are recorded in warm, weighty sound, which is spacious and reveals details of scoring such as the cowbells. The elements of Viennese warmth come through well in Mehta's graciously shaped phrases, though some may feel the more brilliant and scintillating aspects of Mahler's writing don't come out as well. From my point of view, he has a completely natural feel for Mahler. Both orchestra and audience seem to be clearly enjoying this (and there's no audience noise whatsoever until the end).