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Gustav Mahler, Hector Berlioz, Ludwig van Beethoven
The Chicago Recordings
Genre: Classical
 
  •  Track Listings (6) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (7) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (4) - Disc #3
  •  Track Listings (13) - Disc #4

The recordings that Giulini made with the Chicago Symphony between 1969 and 1976 document an extraordinary partnership and remain among the finest of the conductor's career. Giulini's Mahler First is more lyric than most, ...  more »

      
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The recordings that Giulini made with the Chicago Symphony between 1969 and 1976 document an extraordinary partnership and remain among the finest of the conductor's career. Giulini's Mahler First is more lyric than most, yet with enough energy to satisfy Mahlerians; the last movement a tribute to the conductor's unerring sense of orchestral balances even in crushing climaxes. His rendition of the orchestral movements of Berlioz's "dramatic symphony" Romeo and Juliet excels in its poetry, the warmly caressing Chicago strings in the Love Scene irresistible. The Beethoven Seventh is an eloquent blend of the Dionysian and Apollonian approaches to this "dance symphony," with glowing horns, driving rhythms and lovely solo turns. Giulini's later remakes of the Beethoven and other works in the set often were soporific; here, he's on target. This Bruckner Ninth, for example, is grandly rhetorical but full of passion. The Brahms Fourth is a highly personal account, with a ravishing slow movement, while the Stravinsky ballet suites reveal the Chicagoans at their most refined; the Firebird exquisitely colored, Petrushka, amazingly precise. Classic recordings, well transferred; a bargain that shouldn't be missed. --Dan Davis

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Splendid EMI Commemorative of Giulini and CSO
John Kwok | New York, NY USA | 02/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"During the period from 1969 to 1976, distinguished conductor Carlo Maria Giulini made magnificient recordings for both EMI and Deutsche Grammophon with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, while serving as the orchestra's Principal Guest Conductor. These recordings remain among the most celebrated classical music recordings ever made, most notably his Mahler symphony recordings. In honor of the retired conductor's 90th birthday, EMI has issued most of his finest Chicago Symphony Orchestra recordings; most notably a very intensely lyrical Mahler 1st Symphony that earned a 1971 Grammy Award for best orchestral recording and a fine Brahms 4th Symphony. Often underrated as among the 20th Century's greatest conductors, I am delighted that EMI has recognized Giulini's legacy by issuing this fine 4 CD set."
Great performances by one of the greatest conductors.
D. R. Schryer | Poquoson, VA United States | 06/30/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Although he never received the publicity accorded to some more famous conductors, Carlo Maria Giulini was equal to, or better than, all such "star" conductors. In fact, Giulini was quite simply one of the half dozen or so greatest conductors of the 20th century. Although Giulini recorded with many major orchestras, some of his finest recordings were made with the Chicago Symphany Orchestra. Several of his finest recordings are contained in this outstanding collection. If you are familiar with these recordings from LPs here's your chance to get them on CD. If you are not yet familiar with this outstanding conductor, this collection is an excellent introduction to some of his finest work."
Thanks to EMI ; Thanks to Amazon.
Ekrem Ayyildiz | istanbul,turkey | 10/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Giulini is always among my favorite conductors and this set includes some of his great recordings with CSO(1969-1976,studio,stereo) that you can not find their another editions: Beethoven 7 and Bruckner 9 ( + Mahler 1, Brahms 4, Berlioz-Romeo&Juliet, Stravinsky-Petroushka&Firebird Suites.)
CSO on its top form under the baton of Giulini...Very well recorded sounds by EMI...Wonderfull edition(not cardboard!)...Incredible price for 4 CD... Highly,highly,highly recommended..."