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Mahler: Symphony No 1 / Edo De Waart, Minnesota Orchestra

Release Date: 01/24/2006 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 82126   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Edo de Waart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

MAHLER 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 Read more 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
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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan" by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Edo de Waart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1896 
Length: 55 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Leipzig, Germany (1888).
Composition revised: Germany (1896). 

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