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Mahler: Symphony No 9; Schubert: Symphony No 8 / Giulini


Release Date: 03/01/2000 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 463609   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gustav MahlerFranz Schubert
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

DG's remastering of this marvelous Mahler Ninth eliminates some odd extraneous noise that marred what was otherwise a very fine recording, technically speaking. The performance itself has tremendous warmth and style, and whatever one's slight reservations, it remains a major statement by a great artist, delivered in a language of uncompromising emotional sincerity. True, the second movement lacks sufficient contrast (the waltz sections really do hang fire), and the Rondo-Burleske could stand a bit more nastiness, but the first movement encompasses a vast emotional range, from its almost too sweet opening to a climax of really shattering violence. In the finale, too, Giulini lets the music sing with an Italianate lyricism that leaves a final Read more impression, not so much of sadness, but of gentle regret amidst fulfillment.


Schubert's "Unfinished" makes an unusually apt coupling: the emotional curve of its two movements makes it almost a mini-Mahler Ninth without the two scherzos. Giulini's grave, dignified performance sounds gorgeous in this transfer. [10/27/2000]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 9 in D major by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908-1909; Austria 
2.
Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished" by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 

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