Sony Classical is pleased to announce another ten releases in its increasingly comprehensive series of Classical Masters. These new budget-priced releases contain classic recordings, many of them newly remastered, by some of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. In recent decades, the outstanding American conductor David Zinman has elevated Zurich’s venerable Tonhalle Orchestra into one of the world’s elite ensembles. Their complete set of the Beethoven symphonies has achieved benchmark status, and the complete Zinman/Tonhalle Mahler cycle, reissued here, has also been widely acclaimed. “This is not Mahler for head bangers or hifi freaks,” wrote MusicWeb International, “although this set is definitely in the ‘demonstration’Read more class – because Zinman never loses sight of the music’s architecture, of the balance between Mahler at his most intimate and at his most extrovert.” Reviewing the Third Symphony, ClassicsToday declared: “This is pretty sensational … Zinman reveals himself here as a fearless Mahlerian who stands with the best.”
Excerpts from reviews of previously released volumes contained in this set:
In a crowded field this ‘Resurrection’ is a front-runner. It has all the right qualities; a real feeling for the Mahlerian style, a sure sense of the work’s architecture, two good soloists, a well-drilled chorus and a truly spectacular recording.
Solid performances well played and engineeredJuly 4, 2018By Louis Galie (Leander, TX)See All My Reviews"David Zinman is much better known for his Beethoven than Mahler. However, his readings of Mahler are accurate, well thought out, just not too exciting. The Zurich players and singers do an excellent job. Sony engineers may be the best in the business. The sound they get is crystal clear, undistorted, and very true to the Tonhalle acoustics. A good buy. Just make sure it's not your only Mahler."Report Abuse