[T]hese performances, all recorded between 1967 and 1970 with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, are notable examples of the understanding that existed between the conductor and the players with whom he had worked since 1961. The playing throughout is of high distinction, with supple strings and a superb woodwind section. Also, all the recordings were made in Munich's Herkulessaal so the sound is always rich and resonant, with DG's engineers at their best in obtaining a natural balance... Perhaps because Kubelik is in his element with Mahler's Moravian background, the best performances are those in which the music hymns Nature... [T]he counterpoint [is] clearly delineated in the first movement [of the Fourth Symphony] and, in theRead more Adagio, one experiences the effect of the conductor 'leaning' on the strings to obtain memorably expressive phrasing. Kubelik's wife, the Australian soprano Elsie Morison, is the soloist in the finale—warm lyrical singing without a trace of archness.
-- Gramophone [5/1990] reviewing a box set of the complete Mahler Symphonies conducted by Kubelik, DG 429042 Read less
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 4 in G majorby Gustav Mahler
Elsie Morison (Soprano)
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1892-1900; Vienna, Austria