Notes and Editorial Reviews
Symphony No. 1
Edo de Waart, cond; Minnesota O
VIRGIN 82126 (55:44)
This is a super-budget CD in the ?Virgo? series of a performance originally issued in 1990. It was previously reissued as recently as 2000, also on the Virgin Classics label.
While certainly much more than merely a pedestrian run-through, there is little that distinguishes this performance from the vast majority of available recordings (nearly 100 at last count). The off-stage trumpets in the first
movement are well managed, and the sound in general is very good, with decent bass and a spacious soundstage. Tempos are uncontroversial. The orchestra handles the demands of Mahler?s audacious score with aplomb, and there is enough personality in the conducting to make for enjoyable, if not particularly engrossing, listening.
This performance is easily recommended, especially at this price, for those exploring Mahler or this symphony for the first time. I would suggest, however, that low-cost recordings by Bruno Walter, Leonard Bernstein, or Rafael Kubelík offer more insight and would be more rewarding in the long run.
FANFARE: Christopher Abbot
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan" by Gustav Mahler
Edo de Waart
Length: 55 Minutes 44 Secs.
Notes: Composition written: Leipzig, Germany (1888).
Composition revised: Germany (1896).
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