- Performer: Jennie Tourel, Martha Lipton
- Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
- Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
- Composer: Gustav Mahler
- Audio CD (July 27, 1999)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Alliance
- Run Time: 145 minutes
- ASIN: B00000JQGV
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,390 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Mahler: Symphony No. 3 / Ruckert-Lieder / Kindertotenlieder
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The New York Philharmonic musicians in 1961 were probably far less familiar with the long and complicated Mahler's 3rd than they are today. As an apparent result, there are many places throughout the performance where everything doesn't quite line up correctly. There are several key, extended solos in the 3rd symphony---the violin and posthorn (trumpet) solos are outstanding, but the trombone solo suffers from inconsistent intonation (as do the trumpet and horn sections elsewhere).
The orchestra plays quite well throughout---particularly the woodwind section---and Bernstein leads them in a well constructed and often joyous performance. The first movement has a very nice pace to it and an exciting ending. The 3rd movement, however, seems a bit labored and slow, rather than rolling along with the lilting pastoral feeling at its heart. The finale is extremely successful in Bernstein's hands, with a slow and measured pace leading up to a gorgeous climax.
At times Bernstein seeks the broad gesture instead of carefully crafted ensemble work from his musicians. I had very high expectations of this recording when I purchased it, primarily because it has been so favorably mentioned over the years.Read more ›
Kubelik (DG and Audite), Haitink (RCO studio and live), Boulez (DG).
This performance by Bernstein ranks at the top in my opnion
(Which I like best I don't know, probably Kubelik live or Haitink live)
Never did I hear Bernstein give such a natural reading of a Mahler symphony, his spontaneity this time is more subtle, it doesn't interfere with the music or with the natural pulse of the music.
I particuarly am very impressed with the performance of the second and 3rd movement. (my favourite movements of this symphony), the right balance between refinement, subtlety (beauty of tone) and sharper edges, brighter colors.
(The perfect balance between Haitink and Kubelik if you like)
The sound of this recording however isn't that good...
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bernstein and mahler an awesome combo- add tourel, and it's heaven !Published 20 months ago by mary in new york city
I selected the 1961 version of Mahler"s third symphony for one reason. The links with the Ruekert songs and the Kindertoten songs which are full of consolation. Read morePublished on June 10, 2010 by Ronald D. Pemstein
Gustav Mahler's Third Symphony is a tough work to keep from meandering all over the place. It is a symphony of kaleidoscopic modes, filled with marches and hymns to nature. Read morePublished on May 14, 2010 by Spartro1
This CD package has a superb interpretation of a Mahler symphony by one of his best interpreters (see other reviews) with a few bits and pieces of his lieder suites tacked on at... Read morePublished on February 12, 2007 by B. Marold
Bernstein's performance of Mahler's 3rd is groundbreaking! Truly powerful! But the quality of the sound can be a little distracting from time to time. Read morePublished on July 18, 2000 by Joseph Montano