The final release in Valery Gergiev’s acclaimed Mahler cycle features the composer’s Symphony No.9, recorded at the Barbican in March 2011.
Mahler wrote his ninth symphony during a time of great personal suffering and heartache. This is reflected in the music, at times manic and fierce, at others delicate and serene, as it explores many emotions and ultimately concludes with the heart-stopping coda of the Adagio, seemingly conveying the composer’s acceptance of his own mortality.
R E V I E W:
"The LSO’s playing is inspirational, both individually and corporately seemingly at one with its great conductor, virtually beyond criticism.… Nothing can detract from the excellence of this disc: it isRead more quite outstanding in every respect, a very fine conclusion to a most worthwhile integral series of performances and recordings."
London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1908-1909; Austria
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Laid-back MahlerMay 14, 2014By owen r. (lakewood, CA)See All My Reviews"Professional critics may praise Gergiev's interpretation but this relaxed reading fails to get my blood pumping. Great performances are available from Barbirolli/BPO and Walter/Columbia SO. For a little excitement get Bernstein's BPO or NYPO recordings. Good SACD recording."Report Abuse