Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Mahler: Symphony No. 4

by Michael Tilson Thomas
     
 
There are so many great recordings of Mahler's "Fourth" in the world. There are Bruno Walter recordings with the Vienna Philharmonic, whose warmth and humanity is always profoundly moving. There's Otto Klemperer with the

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There are so many great recordings of Mahler's "Fourth" in the world. There are Bruno Walter recordings with the Vienna Philharmonic, whose warmth and humanity is always profoundly moving. There's Otto Klemperer with the Philharmonia, whose affection and strength are always deeply impressive. There's the George Szell with the Cleveland Symphony, whose lucidity and luminosity are always incredibly impressive. There's Rafael Kubelik lovingly lyrical recording with the Bavarian Radio Symphony, Claudio Abbado's rapturously singing recording with the Vienna Philharmonic, Wyn Morris' wonderfully poised recording with the London Symphony...the list goes on and on. The question is: is there room in the world for this 2003 recording by Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony no matter how good it is? Of course, the answer depends on how many Mahler "Fourths" one can fit on the shelf, but if you have room for one more, get Tilson Thomas'. His interpretation is warm and affectionate, but lucid and luminous. The San Francisco's playing is clear, colorful, and sensitive with beautiful solo wind playing. Soprano Laura Claycomb's singing of the finale is pure and affecting with a wonderful last verse. The San Francisco's digital sound is easily as fine as the best of the big labels and the notes by Michael Steinberg are a model of what liner notes should be. No matter how many recordings one has, anyone who loves Mahler's "Fourth" will love this recording.

Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Andrew Farach-Colton
The glory of this recording is the orchestra itself. The woodwinds in particular have real character [and] the strings impress, too, covering the Adagio's extremities with a silky, featherweight blanket of sound, and everyone makes a splendid sound when the gates of Heaven swing open. Michael Tilson Thomas takes an affectionate, relaxed view of the score, promoting bucolic geniality over youthful animation.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/2004
Label:
Sfs Media
UPC:
0821936000427
catalogNumber:
4
Rank:
112354

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  1. Symphony No. 4 in G major

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