Mahler: Symphony No. 4 Original recording remastered
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The CSO has made something really good out of the 1st movement: The theme is introduced with a clear, far-sighted zest rarely heard on disc.Read more ›
Still, nothing spoils the radiant sweetness of this quick but abidingly musical performance. The third movement opening phrases are in fact among the fastest I have heard, but the Chicago string players breath as one player, their lovely tone quality sounding from another generation despite the crisp articulation. In the final movement, the orchestra's clear but gentle delineation of detail creates a perfect accompaniment to Lisa della Casa. Others of Reiner's recordings ( his Beethoven 6th,Strauss Ein Heldenleben, Debussy La Mer) also contradict his severe appearance and image while still showing flawless preparation and execution.
Aside from the rumble, the sound is really beautiful-resonant with orchestral solos in clear perspecive and plenty of mass and power when Mahler's dynamic range opens up.
Bernstein reveled in them, of course, and uncovered the genius beneath the untrammeled emotionalism. Reiner stands back and relies upon his conductorial strengths, incredible ensemble and balance, precise control, and of course great musicality from the CSO. But he doesn't really step far into Mahler's complex universe. The choice, then, lies with each listener. I love everything on the surface of this reacording, especially della Casa's beaautiful voice and the CSO, but I will turn elsewhere when I want to feel Mahler deeply.
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I had to stop in my tracks when i overheard this marvellous recording playing in my local music shop. Read morePublished on November 19, 2005 by Peter Heddon
I was introduced to Mahler through the backdoor so to speak. The first recording I bought of his work featured the ninth symphony conducted by Bruno Walter (Angel Records #63029). Read morePublished on March 1, 2005 by Todd Ebert
I loved this recording as an lp -- my favorite stereo version, with Kletzki's Philharmonia recording a close second. I love it even more in this excellent sounding format. Read morePublished on May 4, 2004 by Howard Grady Brown