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Mahler: Symphony No 4 / Kubelik, Morison, Bavarian Radio Symphony

Release Date: 04/07/2011 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 431165  
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Elsie Morison
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

[T]hese performances, all recorded between 1967 and 1970 with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, are notable examples of the understanding that existed between the conductor and the players with whom he had worked since 1961. The playing throughout is of high distinction, with supple strings and a superb woodwind section. Also, all the recordings were made in Munich's Herkulessaal so the sound is always rich and resonant, with DG's engineers at their best in obtaining a natural balance... Perhaps because Kubelik is in his element with Mahler's Moravian background, the best performances are those in which the music hymns Nature... [T]he counterpoint [is] clearly delineated in the first movement [of the Fourth Symphony] and, in the Read more Adagio, one experiences the effect of the conductor 'leaning' on the strings to obtain memorably expressive phrasing. Kubelik's wife, the Australian soprano Elsie Morison, is the soloist in the finale—warm lyrical singing without a trace of archness.

-- Gramophone [5/1990]
reviewing a box set of the complete Mahler Symphonies conducted by Kubelik, DG 429042
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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 4 in G major by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Elsie Morison (Soprano)
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1900; Vienna, Austria 

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