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Posted October 1, 2010
I really enjoyed this great performance of Mahler's Fourth Symphony. Tennstedt evokes the feelings of innocence and youth in the first movement that Mahler intended. The strings play the melody passionately and convincingly, with good support from the horns. However, Tennstedt picks up the tempo later in the movement more than I like. The result is a very sloppy horn solo on the triplet figures. However, the second movement lends itself to a mysterious, mischievous atmosphere, which Mahler uses to create contrast and show personal bitterness and disappointment with his turbulent life. This movement is well-executed. Also, the deeply reflective third movement is passionately played by Tennstedt's strings. It is a gorgeous performance which precedes its more famous cousin, the Adagio from Mahler's Fifth. The fourth movement is gorgeous, with Popp's beautful tone rounding out this great recording.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.