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Mahler: Symphony No. 1

Czech Philharmonic, Semyon Bychkov


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Mahler’s All-Encompassing Sound World

The Czech Philharmonic and Music Director, Semyon Bychkov, continue their acclaimed Mahler cycle with the composer’s First Symphony, one of the most evocative and colorful symphonic debuts in the history of the genre.

Mahler once famously said that “a symphony should be like the world, it should encompass everything.” In his First Symphony, he creates just such a world, filled with animal sounds, hunting horns, rural dances, klezmer bands and allusions to his own songs and folk song melodies such as Frère Jacques. These elements all function within a highly subjective, immersive symphonic drama, providing a blueprint for most of his symphonies to come. Semyon Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic approach the composer’s firstling with their esteemed eye for detail and pacing, matched by their unmistakably Bohemian sound.

The Czech Philharmonic is one of the world’s orchestral gems, recognized for its rich tradition with the Czech masters as well as European repertoire. Semyon Bychkov who is internationally renowned for his interpretations of the core repertoire, began his tenure with the Orchestra at the start of the 2018/19 season. Their recording of Mahler’s First Symphony follows Mahler’s Fourth and Fifth Symphonies (both 2022) and the Second Symphony (2023), part of the complete Mahler cycle that is available from NativeDSD.Com

This album was recorded on October 2 through 15, 2021 in the Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum, Prague.

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Semyon Bychkov, Conductor


Please note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
Symphony No. 1 in D Major 'Titan' - I. Langsam schleppend
Symphony No. 1 in D Major 'Titan' - II. Kraeftig bewegt doch nicht zu schnell
Symphony No. 1 in D Major 'Titan' - III. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen
Symphony No. 1 in D Major 'Titan' - IV. Stuermisch bewegt

Total time: 00:55:13

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Original Recording Format

Recording Location

This album was recorded on October 2 through 15, 2021 in the Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum, Prague.

Release DateSeptember 8, 2023

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MusicWeb International

The music is interpreted idiomatically and with great understanding by Semyon Bychkov and the playing of the Czech Philharmonic is beyond reproach. The performance is enhanced by Pentatone’s pleasingly open and nicely detailed sound. This is a recording in which those who have been following the Bychkov cycle can invest with confidence.


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