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Mahler: Symphony No. 9

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
This recording was made during a live performance in 1996. The Philharmonia, arguably London's finest orchestra, plays superbly, and despite the inevitable small blemish, there is an electricity here that's missing in most studio recordings. Benjamin Zander is a conductor of visionary zeal, á la Bernstein, although his approach is less extravagant than Lenny's. Everything is intensely characterized, but without undue exaggeration. At the very beginning of the final adagio, for instance, he gets the Philharmonia strings to dig deeply into the anguished phrases, creating a throaty, tormented sound. Yet when the main theme appears, it's dignified and restrained. ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
This recording was made during a live performance in 1996. The Philharmonia, arguably London's finest orchestra, plays superbly, and despite the inevitable small blemish, there is an electricity here that's missing in most studio recordings. Benjamin Zander is a conductor of visionary zeal, á la Bernstein, although his approach is less extravagant than Lenny's. Everything is intensely characterized, but without undue exaggeration. At the very beginning of the final adagio, for instance, he gets the Philharmonia strings to dig deeply into the anguished phrases, creating a throaty, tormented sound. Yet when the main theme appears, it's dignified and restrained. Some listeners may find the craggy Rondo-Burleske movement unusually slow, but Zander maintains tension by clarifying the dense counterpoint so that every line sings purposefully. Telarc includes a free bonus disc in which the conductor discusses the first two pages of the score in lucid detail, providing insight into the emotional complexity of Mahler's profoundly moving musical vision.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/23/1999
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408052729
  • Catalog Number: 80527
  • Sales rank: 62,474

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 9 in D major - Gustav Mahler & Anilda Carrasquillo (87:11)
Disc 2
Disc 3
  1. 1–4 Benjamin Zander on Performing and Listening to Mahler: Symphony No. 9 - Anilda Carrasquillo & Spoken Word (76:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Benjamin Zander Primary Artist
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