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Mahler: Symphony No. 6 / Harding, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Release Date: 10/09/2015 
Label:  Br Klassik   Catalog #: 900132   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 22 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 6 in A minor "Tragic" by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904/1906; Austria 
Length: 81 Minutes 46 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 Marvelous rendition of Mahler 6 from the Bavarian April 4, 2016 By Warren Harris See All My Reviews "This CD consists of Mahler’s four movement Symphony No. 6 (“Tragic”), lasting 82 minutes and 28 seconds on this recording. The first movement has march-like characteristics, and features the “fate motif” as well as a melody referred to in the conventional literature as “Alma’s Theme” after Gustav Mahler’s wife. The second movement, “Andante” in this recording (as opposed to being presented as the 3rd movement as was the case in the first publication of the work) is more gentle and peaceful, as if a weary hero longs for peace and rest. The 3rd movement here is the “Sherzo” which returns to the somewhat march-like material but also evokes a rather sinister undertone. This sets the stage for the unbelievably affecting 4th movement “Finale – Allegro moderato”, in which two of the three famous hammer blows occur as the feeling of resignation is brought to the fore and left to fade away. This is a work that just demands that the listener sit in silence for a few moments after the last note is played, contemplating the final state of physical being of the human condition. The orchestra sounds fantastic, and it is clear that they were very much on the same musical page as Daniel Harding from the opening bars to the closing of this immense work. The recording quality is excellent, and the liner notes are informative and well written, giving some background on the initial performances of the work as well as what happened to the Mahler family after the work was completed, the work almost foreshadowing some of the awful things that the Mahler’s experienced. For those that love and appreciate the very special music making of Gustav Mahler, this recording is certainly a worthy interpretation of Symphony No. 6 that should be listened to and emotionally digested. Strongly recommended." Report Abuse
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