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Mahler: Symphony No 1 / Jonathan Nott, Bamberg Symphony

Release Date: 03/23/2010 
Label:  Tudor Records   Catalog #: 7147   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Jonathan Nott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The first movement of the First Symphony features very distanced fanfares against the foreground of brightly hued winds, strings, and warm brass. Nott’s tempo is closer to Haitink’s moderate one rather than Zander’s impetuosity. The sound (in two-channel SACD, at any rate) projects a crisp immediacy without much resonance or sense of the hall; the 2006 recording was made in the orchestra’s Joseph-Keilberth-Saal, which is currently undergoing renovation. Nott places his violins in opposition, which is always a boon in this symphony, and the inner voices are projected with admirable clarity. The movement reaches a splendid climax after a development notable for little tempo variation; this leads to a dynamic recapitulation and coda. The Read more second movement is quite dance-like with its determined cellos and basses. Precision is admirable, with no sense of drag. By contrast, the Trio is very relaxed and rich with rubato. The third movement opens with a very mournful bass solo, and proceeds to exploit all of its diverse sources, from naive child’s song to jaunty marching band and lugubrious processional; the “Wayfarer” quote is quietly poignant by contrast. The finale hurtles in with a splendid “scream” and thunderous timpani roll; this is especially arresting after the dissolution of the funeral march. Nott paces the remainder of the movement admirably, with its false climax and mounting tension culminating in a truly triumphant coda."

-- Christopher Abbot, Fanfare [9/2009]
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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan" by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Jonathan Nott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1896 
Venue:  Sinfonie an der Regnitz, Bamberg, German 
Length: 54 Minutes 42 Secs. 

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