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Mahler: Symphony No 1 / Muti, Philadelphia Orchestra


Release Date: 03/25/2003 
Label:  Emi Classics Encore Catalog #: 74963   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Remember this one? Muti, to his everlasting credit, has not recorded much Mahler. Truth be told, this orchestra knows the First Symphony quite well, and has already left us a very good RCA recording under Ormandy (including the “Blumine” movement). This one, though, is even better. There’s nothing eccentric or especially unusual about it: just an ideally paced, magnificently played, and very well recorded performance. Muti brings to the symphony his typical mix of passion of precision, nowhere more so than at the opening of the finale (sound clip), which truly does bring to the music Mahler’s “strongest vehemence.”

The funeral march, too, while on the slow side, has plenty of atmosphere and a genuinely spooky quality. And as
Read more long as we’re working backwards, the scherzo has more rustic guts than many a more famous version, and the first movement emerges from its pre-dawn silence with perfect naturalness. It’s impossible not to love that special, “woodsy” sound of the Philadelphia horn section, never mind the tactile body to the string tone. In short, this really is one of the best Mahler Firsts around, and it’s all the more valuable given that it’s not part of a complete symphony cycle.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Reviewing EMI 764287
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan" by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1896 
Notes: Composition written: Leipzig, Germany (1888).
Composition revised: Germany (1896). 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 1 in D: I. Langsam. Schleppend - Immer sehr gemächlich
Symphony No. 1 in D: II. (Scherzo) Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell - Trio: Recht gemächlich
Symphony No. 1 in D: III. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen - Sehr einfach und schlicht wie eine Volksweise - Wieder etwas bewegter, wie im Anfang
Symphony No. 1 in D: IV. Stürmisch bewegt - Langsam - Wieder wie zu Anfang. Stürmisch bewegt - Sehr landgam - Tempo I

Customer Reviews

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 excellent October 4, 2012 By K. BAKER (HEBER CITY, UT) See All My Reviews "I have 28 CDs of Mahler's First. This is among the best." Report Abuse
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