The work recorded here is, of course, known everywhere as Mahler’s First Symphony. That is not, however, what Mahler thought he was writing at the time, and it took him several years to decide quite what he had wrought (and, in the process, to drop one of the movements). Was this a symphony, or did it belong rather to that alternative, more modern category, the symphonic poem? It was as an example of this latter type that the work was performed for the first time, on November 20, 1889, in Budapest, where Mahler had a post as opera conductor—though it was at the city’s main concert hall, the Vigadó, that he conducted his “Symphonic Poem.” At the next performance, in Hamburg four years later, the composition was billed as “Titan, a tone poem in symphony form,” becoming “Titan, symphony” the following year in Weimar, then finally and fully, reduced from five movements to the standard four, “Symphony in D major” in Berlin in 1896. By that time, Mahler had completed his Second Symphony and most of his Third; he knew what he was about.
Total time: 00:52:53
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Mark Donahue (Soundmirror)
Dirk Sobotka (Soundmirror)
John Newton (Soundmirror)
Maurice Abravanel Hall, Salt Lake City Utah, USA
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|Release Date||September 9, 2015|
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Thierry Fischer never forgets who’s the boss. Progression of time creates a specified dynamic on the right path at the right moment. Grammatically and musically correct, notes are mapped out intelligently to create purpose and connection with the listener. Highly recommended.
Artistic Quality: 9
Sound Quality: 9
The sonics also are excellent, with a powerful, solid bass and plenty of room on top. As an orchestra-sponsored recording, this performance is distinctly more persuasive than the rather fussy MTT/San Francisco version of a few years ago. Very enjoyable indeed.
This new Mahler 1 is an excellent example of the developed musical partnership. The sounds good in all departments, with some soloists highlighted to outstanding effect. The woodwinds are especially fine.
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