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Mahler: Symphony No. 6 / Currentzis, MusicAeterna

Release Date: 12/07/2018 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 19075822952  
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Teodor Currentzis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  MusicAeterna
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Without dispute Teodor Currentzis is today’s hottest & most sought after conductor, alongside his orchestra & choir MusicAeterna. “The Greek-Russian conductor who has taken the classical music world by storm” (THE TIMES) This is Currentzis’s first ever recording of Mahler. Mahler’s symphonies feature heavily in their tour programme – but this is the first time Currentzis has gone into the studio with this composer. His last recording of major symphony repertoire (Tchaikovsky 6) is the highest shipped single album for Currentzis repertoire to date. The Album won Japanese Recording Academy’s highest accolade Gold Award, received 5-star reviews from The Times, NRC
Read more Handelsblad, a Diapason D’or Award and was named in many Top albums for 2017 including Best classical recording in Spiegel Online and appeared on the New York Times Best Classical Music Recordings for 2017.



Anyone who thrilled (as I did) to Teodor Currentzis’s Tchaikovsky Pathétique will find distinct parallels here. The impulse, the imperative, of this Mahler Sixth is extraordinary – a headlong ride to the abyss with every rhythm and counter-rhythm fiercely articulated, every accent, every slicing sforzando grimly incisive. Inner parts pull focus as they have rarely done so before surprising even those of us for whom the piece is frighteningly familiar.

– Gramophone

Currentzis is not quite the iconoclast he’s sometimes made out to be – it’s more that he appears able to shoulder the weight of accumulated performing tradition and then, decisively, shrug it off. If you can imagine a Mahler 6 in which the urgency and raw edge of Roger Norrington rubs up against the red-blooded glitz of Leonard Bernstein, this is it.

– Guardian (UK) Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphony no 6 in A minor "Tragic" by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Teodor Currentzis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  MusicAeterna
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904/1906; Austria 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Great Performanace/Great Sound December 6, 2019 By John P. (Baltimore, MD) See All My Reviews "My brother and I listened to this performance together. He is an expert on Mahler's 6th symphony. We both have numerous recordings of the work. Without a doubt, this is among the best. Tempos are just right, expressive strings, brass as clear as it can be, and the percussion will make you sit up straight in your listening chair. I have never heard of the orchestra, but it sounds as good as the Vienna Philharmonic. The sound is like sitting half-way back in premium seats in the concert hall. With such a low price, it is quite a bargain. Highly recommended." Report Abuse
 Excellent October 24, 2019 By Robert C. (Tucson, AZ) See All My Reviews "I am in complete agreement with Mr. Pilcher, above. His evocation of Mahlerian nostalgia and over half a century of immersion in the Symphonies and their various interpreters was a familiar experience. I also shared his trepidation about the possibilities of a Currentzis version. Best of all, I share his excitement, enthusiasm, and delight. I don't care what a perfect Mahlerian you think you are. This performance will enhance your appreciation of Mahler's great gifts to us." Report Abuse
 Who Could Have Guessed? June 20, 2019 By George Pilcher (Westerville, OH) See All My Reviews "Certainly not I, and I've been a huge fan of the music of Gustav Mahler for sixty years. My first exposure to this great composer was via the recordings of his 4th and 5th symphonies conducted by the great Bruno Walter. I have heard the majority of recordings of all of his symphonies since, including at least five different realizations of his piano reduction for the 10th Symphony. I've always had a special place in my heart for the 6th symphony, which has seemed, at least to me, to benefit from the conducting of maestri not otherwise associated with Mahler. I was at Severance Hall in the late 1960's to hear George Szell, who was not a noted Mahlerian (his only other recording of Mahler was a truly splendid Symphony #4, with the lovely Judith Raskin in the 4th movement) conduct the 6th, and found the performance to be impeccably played (expected) and searlingly dramatic, yet soul-searchingly tender (unexpected). I'll never forget it, nor will I have to, since a recording was made of that concert and released several decades later on CD. It was with this performance in mind that I decided to purchase this performance conducted by Currentzis, with whom I did not associate Mahler. Bottom line: This is a performance that is not only worthy of comparison to the Bernstein and Szell recordings, but very possibly the finest performance that I have ever heard. There is simply no way to fully describe the detail that this conductor is able to bring out, while in no way diluting the great cumulative power of this symphony. Both the conducting and the orchestral playing by MusicAeterna are simply overwhelming in their impact. Run, don't walk, to secure a copy of this amazing recording. Satisfaction guaranteed." Report Abuse
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