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Notes and Editorial Reviews
This is Antonio Pappano and Santa Cecilia’s first Mahler release, recorded live in concert in Rome’s Auditorium Parco della Musica in January 2011.
The Orchestra of Santa Cecilia’s association with Mahler goes right back to the composer’s lifetime. The composer visited Rome to conduct the orchestra twice towards the end of his life in March 1907 and April 1910. The resounding success of the first trip was recorded by the national newpaper ‘Il Messeggero’ : “thanks to the conductor, the orchestra was transformed into an organism full of vigour and perfectly balanced”.
The world’s leading opera conductor, Antonio Pappano is Music Director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as well as of Rome’s Orchestra
dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. It was with the Santa Cecilia choir and orchestra that he released award-winning and critically-acclaimed recordings like Verdi’s Requiem , Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, and Rossini’s Stabat Mater and William Tell. His non-operatic recordings for EMI Classics with the orchestra to date include works by Rachmaninov, Respighi, Tchaikovsky, Verdi and Rossini. Maestro Pappano and Santa Cecilia’s Tchaikovsky late symphonies release was lauded by the critics and named as one of the 1001 recordings “you must hear before you die”.
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 6 in A minor "Tragic" by Gustav Mahler
Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Written: 1904/1906; Austria
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
A NEW MAHLER SIX May 29, 2012
By ROBERT E. FOX (OCALA, FL) See All My Reviews
"I AM ONE OF THOSE "MAHLERITES" THAT WERE EXPOSED TO MAHLER BY LEONARD BERNSTEIN. HIS MAHLER WAS IT---UNTIL THIS RECORDING.
PERHAPS , I AM HAVING AN EPIPHANY OR JUST MATURING, BUT THIS RECORDING IS NOW MY FAVORITE OF ALL MAHLER SIXES--- ( MABE TIED TO THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC WITH LENNY.)"