Notes and Editorial Reviews
Adrian Leaper’s light, fresh-sounding Mahler Symphony No. 1 emphasizes the music’s bucolic nature and evokes the youthful Mahler of the Wunderhorn songs. Indeed, this gentle treatment often brings to mind Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel, and is in marked contrast to Bernstein, whose dramatic interpretation looks forward to the mighty Resurrection Symphony. Thus, the first movement flows in a very relaxed manner, though Leaper summons impressive energy and volume at the big climax. The scherzo is more refined than rustic, while the funeral march offers more sweetness than spice. The finale’s opening storm evokes little terror, but Leaper’s brisk tempos and lean phrasing make the remainder of the movement quite stimulating. The Grand Canary
Philharmonic provides playing of notable freshness, precision, and color, even if the strings are a bit lacking in body and character. The spacious recording presents a solid sound-image, with wide dynamic range...
-- Victor Carr, Jr., ClassicsToday.com Read less
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan" by Gustav Mahler
Grand Canary Philharmonic Orchestra
Notes: Composition written: Leipzig, Germany (1888).
Composition revised: Germany (1896).
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