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Mahler: Symphony No. 6 / Rattle, Berlin Philharmonic


Release Date: 01/04/2019 
Label:  Berlin Philharmonic   Catalog #: 180231  
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The end of an era and a musical highlight: Simon Rattle’s farewell as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker with Gustav Mahler’s stunning Sixth Symphony was given a standing ovation by the audience. On 14 November 1987, the young Simon Rattle first took to the conductor’s podium of the Berliner Philharmoniker. “I had the feeling that I would find my voice that day,” says Rattle in retrospect. At the same time, the young conductor demonstrated his total mastery of this vast work with its brutal eruptions. The fact that Mahler’s work was also part of this farewell concert had a symbolic as well as a musical dimension: it brought both a circle to a close and also a great chapter in the history of the Berliner Philharmoniker to an end. Read more At the same time, the performance reminded us that performances of Mahler’s music marked highlights of the Rattle era on numerous occasions. The tumultuous applause expressed not only enthusiasm for a uniquely intense, multi-faceted performance but also gratitude for 16 fulfilling years. Now, you can relive that evening with this masterful recording. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 6 in A minor "Tragic" by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904/1906; Austria 
Date of Recording: 2018 
Venue:  Berlin Philharmonie 
Length: 82 Minutes 15 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 6 in A minor "Tragic" by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904/1906; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1987 
Length: 79 Minutes 31 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 Hail and Farewell: A Superb Sixth (times seven) January 8, 2019 By Christopher Abbot See All My Reviews "Simon Rattle reportedly wished to make his Berlin Philharmonic debut conducting Mahler's Tenth Symphony in the Deryck Cooke performing version, but that plan was vetoed by the orchestra; the Sixth was his substitute, and that performance is presented here in a recording transcribed from a radio presentation. The sound has been tweaked and is best heard in the high resolution stereo version included on the Blu-ray, which gives this somewhat rough recording more depth and definition (though the CD is more than adequate). But the reason for this new release is the valedictory performance by Sir Simon of what has become one of his signature works. It's important to note that when Rattle recorded a Sixth with his CBSO for EMI in 1989, recordings of the Andante-Scherzo version of the Sixth were scarce--the most easily obtainable being that of Sir John Barbirolli (EMI--often presented with the middle movements reversed). Now, certainly due in part to Rattle's advocacy, this version of the Sixth has become the default version. The most notable thing about both of the performances presented here is how much they are alike, and how very different they are from that studio recording. Just two years after this first Berlin performance, Rattle's EMI recording features a much slower and heavier first movement, a Scherzo that is less driven, and a slower finale that features three hammer blows. In 1987, and in 2018, Sir Simon strictly observes Mahler's revised version: reversed middle movements and the elimination of the third hammer stroke; this presents a more authentic version of performances that Mahler himself conducted. The sound options--standard CDs, Blu-ray high resolution stereo, and surround (there are actually four different formats for the 2018 recording alone)--make this the best way to hear the consummate artistry of perhaps the finest Mahler interpreter of our time." Report Abuse
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