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Westminster - Mahler: Symphony No 1, Adagio / Scherchen

Release Date: 09/18/2001 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 471246   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Hermann Scherchen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic OrchestraVienna State Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

These respectable mono recordings won't win any awards for orchestral virtuosity, but as always Scherchen's conceptions reveal a quirky individuality that (at least in this case) never crosses the boundary leading to interpretive meltdown. The First Symphony has a lot going for it: a very fresh sounding opening pair of movements, a marvelously grotesque funeral march (the conductor really is in his element, reveling in Mahler's bizarre orchestral colors), and a finale that's simply exciting as hell despite instrumental execution in the fast sections from brass and strings that at times verges on desperation. The even more scrappily played (and less clearly recorded) Adagio from the Tenth typically offers an even more fascinating Read more performance: smooth, trance-like, all in a single tempo, with even the climactic dissonant scream rendered gently, as if heard from a distance, or in a dream. It's clear that Scherchen loved this strange, decadent, disturbing music, and his conception of it is, in its own way, equally strange and disturbing, as well as unforgettable. Not a first choice perhaps, on account of the playing, but don't let that prevent you from hearing a valuable reissue that belongs in any serious Mahler collection.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com


Scherchen’s mono First from 1955, generally well-balanced and accompanied by this great early Mahlerian’s celebrated revelation of the Tenth’s Adagio, starts like Sinopoli by keeping its hero on ice for three-quarters of the opening movement. Once freed, though, he flies like an arrow, and the finale’s struggles have a focused energy beyond Sinopoli’s field of vision.

-- BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan" by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Hermann Scherchen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1896 
Date of Recording: 09/1954 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 50 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Leipzig, Germany (1888).
Composition revised: Germany (1896). 
Symphony no 10 in F sharp minor/major: 1st movement, Adagio by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Hermann Scherchen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1952 
Venue:  Mozart Hall, Concert House, Vienna 
Length: 28 Minutes 55 Secs. 

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