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Mahler: Symphony No. 4 / Persson, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg


Release Date: 02/23/2018 
Label:  Pentatone   Catalog #: 5186651  
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Miah Persson
Conductor:  Gustavo Gimeno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With their combination of modernism and Romantic nostalgia, and alternation of sweeping orchestral gestures with chamber-musical delicacy, Gustav Mahler’s orchestral works are as impressive and moving today as they were at the time of their premiere. This certainly applies to Mahler’s Fourth Symphony: a work that stands at the crossroads between the largely “Romantic” early symphonies nos. 1–3 and the much more “Modernist” middle-period symphonies nos. 5–7. It is also a fundamentally ambivalent piece: its joyous and accessible surface hides a surprising degree of complexity and even contrariness. While still employing many of the tropes of the traditional nineteenth-century symphony, Mahler at the same time undermines those tropes and Read more distances himself from the symphonic tradition he inherited. The entire symphony works towards the pastoral folksong “Das himmlische Leben” in the fourth movement, sung here by the outstanding Swedish soprano Miah Persson. The Piano Quartet is Mahler’s only surviving chamber music composition, and the movement represented on this album is the only one he completed. Mahler wrote the piece most likely in 1876 or 1877. This is Gustavo Gimeno’s fourth recording with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg (OPL) for Pentatone. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 4 in G major by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Miah Persson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Gustavo Gimeno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1900; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Quartet for Piano and Strings in A minor by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Gustavo Gimeno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1876-78; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: Arranged by C. Matthews for Orchestra, "Nicht zu schnell" 

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