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Posted October 1, 2010
Well...as a super Mahler fan...i am never satisfied with just one recording of any Mahler's work. I tend to look for others to hear for the different interpretations that both the orchestra and conductor brings to any Mahler piece. In this recording, the quality is exceptional. Personally I just discovered this orchestra when I was at a music store in my neighbourhood. Honestly, it is one of the best sounding orchestras i've ever heard, rivaling the top orchestras in the world today. The strings control of the high range holding note in the beginning of Langsam, schleppend is just uncomparable. Its even better than some of the recordings by some of the world's top orchestras. The orchestra's different sections just seem to flow together as one. The woodwinds are amazingly fluid, and rise tremendously well with the higher strings at the fast passages. The higher woodwind trill at the finale is perfectly in tune. The lower brass and the lower strings did the work more than justice by providing the essential support, strength and power as and when demanded by the symphony. The percussion, very accurate. One drawback though is the horn section. They sound as though they are blocked, not positioned properly or something. It could be due to many factors. Nevertheless they did not supply enough sound and power when needed especially in the infamous D major fanfare like theme in Sturmisch Bewegt. This is a drawback as they could not balance with the trumpets which handled the high octave passages with gusto. Overall it could have been the best recording of Mahler's 1 if not for the drawback that I've mentioned. 4 stars :)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.