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Mahler: Symphony No 4 In G / Maazel, Battle, Vienna Po


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Cbs Masterworks Digital Masters Catalog #: 44908   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Kathleen Battle
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Radiant, spacious and unquestionably authoritative playing, from an orchestra which has this music in its blood, makes this one of the truly great Mahler Fourths on record! Maazel’s unhurried, deliciously indulgent direction brings its own rewards, in a performance offering an hour of unadulterated musical seduction! Kathleen Battle’s saintly innocence in the Wunderhorn setting of the finale is again a sheer delight! Even now, in its latest full-price reincarnation, Maazel’s indispensable reading of this most Elysian of symphonies ranks among the finest Mahler interpretations ever committed to disc. Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Michael Jameson, BBC Music Magazine
Radiant, spacious and unquestionably authoritative playing, from an orchestra which has this music in its blood, makes this one of the truly great Mahler Fourths on record! Maazel’s unhurried, deliciously indulgent direction brings its own rewards, in a performance offering an hour of unadulterated musical seduction! Kathleen Battle’s saintly innocence in the Wunderhorn setting of the finale is again a sheer delight! Even now, in its latest full-price reincarnation, Maazel’s indispensable reading of this most Elysian of symphonies ranks among the finest Mahler interpretations ever committed to disc. Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Michael Jameson, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

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Symphony no 4 in G major by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1900; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1985 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

I. Bedächtig, nicht eilen (Voice)
II. In gemächlicher Bewegung, ohne Hast (Voice)
III. Ruhevoll (Voice)
IV. Sehr behaglich. "Wir geniessen die himmlischen Freuden" (Voice)

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