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Mahler: Symphony No 4, Songs Of A Wayfarer / Levi, Von Stade


Release Date: 06/22/1999 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 80499   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Frederica Von Stade
Conductor:  Yoel Levi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


There is a tendency, among both serious critics and normal listeners, to prejudge recordings of basic repertoire works when they are recorded by so-called "second tier" ensembles. The cynical inclination to dismiss such releases is only heightened by the extravagant claims sometimes made by partisans on behalf of these organizations, prime examples being the English press' flogging of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Simon Rattle, or closer to home, Atlanta's endless string of Grammy wins under the competent but often dull Robert Shaw. Atlanta under Levi is another matter altogether. This partnership has been responsible for a superb series of recordings that has not received the
Read more recognition it deserves, in some part for the reasons just mentioned. This is a pity, because on any reasonably objective listen, not only is this Mahler Fourth a jewel in Telarc's series of Atlanta recordings as a whole, it's quite possibly the best-played, and definitely the best-recorded Mahler Fourth currently available. I played this disc "blind" to some European colleagues of mine, and they all agreed that this was the finest performance they had ever heard. Ever. Levi simply gets everything right: perfect tempos, incredible clarity of textures, and most importantly, a totally idiomatic response to the music itself. And what playing! From the spectacular solo winds (French horn, take a bow!), to the warmly cultured strings (save for a wonderfully nasal solo violin in the Scherzo), to the immaculately judged percussion, this is an ideal Mahler sound. Von Stade's voice has deepened and darkened since she last recorded this symphony and the songs, some two decades ago, but her artistry remains undiminished. This is greatness, folks, sheer unadulterated greatness. And that's a fact!

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 4 in G major by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Frederica Von Stade (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Yoel Levi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1900; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Atlanta, Georgia 
Length: 56 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Frederica Von Stade (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Yoel Levi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1896; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Atlanta, Georgia 
Length: 16 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: German 

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 Get a copy whilst you can August 24, 2013 By Steve S. See All My Reviews "It is said that if you have a single CD in your collection that enthralls you when you listen to it - then this is proof positive that CD and digital works; it is some of the other CD's in your collection that were not recorded and or mastered correctly! From the opening bars this CD is so musical, dynamic range superb and the sum of the parts is far greater than the truly stellar cast of performers, and that must include all the perfomers and yes, all the technical staff too..! A wonderful rendition and perfomance of a timeless classic - be warned - you will have to listen from start to finish." Report Abuse
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