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Mahler: Symphony No 1 / Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Symphony

Mahler / San Francisco Sym / Thomas
Release Date: 11/08/2011 
Label:  San Francisco Symphony   Catalog #: 60043   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
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This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

This fresh and exciting performance of Mahler's First Symphony reveals MTT and his orchestra on largely top form. Unlike the mannered and heavy-handed Sixth from these same forces, this piece adapts well to the conductor's interventionist approach because the moments that invite such treatment (the trio of the scherzo, the "Klezmer" interludes in the funeral march, the lyrical second subject of the finale and its final peroration) stand apart in distinct sections. This means that the application of a bold ritard or some affectionate rubato stands less chance of producing an inhibited-sounding or enervated result, and in fact
Read more Thomas' management of tension throughout the work is exemplary. For instance, note the way he builds the great climax toward the end of the first movement (and its return in the finale), or the fabulous return to the finale's opening music after the generously indulgent second subject.
The playing of the San Francisco Symphony also is first class...

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

This album was the second in the series of Mahler symphonies released by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas, appearing first in 2001 on the orchestra's then new label. You might expect an unorthodox Mahler Symphony No. 1 ("Titan") from Tilson Thomas, and to an extent you get one, but his reading is definitely in the Mahler mainstream and really quite strong. It's on the slow side, episodic, and often dryly humorous, which is an admirable quality for Mahlerians to cultivate. The brasses and especially the percussion section, rise fully to the occasion. The result is a "Titan" that embraces the work's joyous, catholic quality. A fine choice for anyone starting out with Mahler.

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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan" by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1896 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 

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