Notes and Editorial Reviews
"Solti's famous LSO recording of Mahler's First Symphony (Decca) was described by Deryck Cooke as a wonderful coming together of topclass playing, recording and conducting; not an overtly Mahlerian reading, but a reading with a wonderfully sure sense of the atmosphere (Cooke's emphasis) of each movement. It was, he said, one of the finest records he had ever listened to. The contrast in 1964 between Solti's record and the extant competition was sharper than is the case 20 years on, though the reading and the-playing (by a different orchestra) remain as persuasive as ever. The new Decca is limpidly clear in CD form, though some may find the clarity and distance a shade chilling in places.
Changes and modifications are not
numerous but one or two are significant. First, a trivial annoyance: Solti now exaggerates the sf horn and trombone chord in the first movement's final bar. Much more productively, he has dropped back the pace of the scherzo a notch or two, with beguiling effect; the reading is now all one could ask for: Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell. The slow movement is a shade quicker with no loss of atmosphere but the LSO winds made a more pungent sound in the gipsy music and the solo oboe playing in the "Wayfarer" theme at fig. II had more character on the older version. The strings of both orchestras are first-rate in the "Wayfarer" music and especially in the finale's great paragraph figs. 15-19. Where the new version has a clear edge in both playing and recording is in the symphony's peroration. The Chicago players give Solti everything he asks for in sonority, power, and rhythmic attack.
...as an interpreter of this symphony Solti has lost little of his old flair and insight."
-- R.O., Gramophone [10/1984]
Reviewing original release
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan" by Gustav Mahler
Sir Georg Solti
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Date of Recording: 10/1983
Length: 56 Minutes 0 Secs.
Notes: Composition written: Leipzig, Germany (1888).
Composition revised: Germany (1896).
Symphony No.1 in D: 1. Langsam. Schleppend
Symphony No.1 in D: 2. Kräftig bewegt
Symphony No.1 in D: 3. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen
Symphony No.1 in D: 4. Stürmisch bewegt
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