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Mahler: Symphony No 1 / Leaper, Gran Canaria

Release Date: 09/12/2006 
Label:  Arte Nova   Catalog #: 433140   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grand Canary Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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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 Read more 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
Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grand Canary Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1896 
Notes: Composition written: Leipzig, Germany (1888).
Composition revised: Germany (1896). 

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