Notes and Editorial Reviews
...Nagano, like Rattle and Salonen, shows that there’s no limit to orchestral sophistication as Mahler performances enter the 21st century (his interpretation was recorded live, though you’d rarely guess it from the note-perfect playing, in November 1999). He clips the funeral-march rhythms of rock-solid nature at the start rather curiously, and both the raggle-taggle marchers and rioting forest animals could afford to career out of control; but the gain is that you hear all the competing figures with exemplary clarity – a crystalline vision that’s mirrored by the splendidly tactile engineering.
Performance: 4 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)
-- David Nice, BBC Music Magazine
Among the phantasmagoria of Gustav Mahler's symphonies the Third stands out for its size, length and detailed programme, as its six movements plot the course of life, the evolution of nature, the soul and the godhead, with no less than Zarathustra himself making an appearance in the mysterious third movement. Among versions of this massive work, Kent Nagano's stands out for its lean profile, alert, athletic and beautifully balanced as heard in a superb recording, which happens to be his first for Teldec as the Music Director of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. The highlight of the performance is the final hymn-like slow movement, which is delivered at a flowing pace, quicker and more impulsive than what one often hears and in many ways more passionate and exciting.