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Mahler: Symphonie No. 1
Gustav Mahler, Claudio Abbado, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Mahler: Symphonie No. 1
Genre: Classical
 
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Claudio Abbado recorded a good, if not overwhelming, performance of this piece with the Chicago Symphony at the very beginning of the digital era. Well, here he is again with a vastly inferior orchestra (in Mahler, at leas...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Gustav Mahler, Claudio Abbado, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Title: Mahler: Symphonie No. 1
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Total Copies: 1
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 1/16/1992
Genre: Classical
Style: Symphonies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 028943176927

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Claudio Abbado recorded a good, if not overwhelming, performance of this piece with the Chicago Symphony at the very beginning of the digital era. Well, here he is again with a vastly inferior orchestra (in Mahler, at least), and a recording of no special distinction. His interpretation, too, has lost some of its impact and tautness, which is so often the case with this conductor's remakes. If you want this symphony in digital, try Leonard Bernstein on DG, Neeme Järvi on Chandos, or Riccardo Chailly on London, all of which are magnificent. --David Hurwitz

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BPO - inferior in Mahler ??? No Way
hardhelmet (lyee@netvigator.com) | hong kong | 09/05/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Even the CSO would agree that the BPO could not be vastly inferior in Mahler than themselves (though they would love that be true). a very solid, detail and above all intellectual reading of Mahler 1. if you have seen their rehersals (don't know if its the same performance) on LD, you'd know that here the BPO were playing with real passion under Abbado. the recording will satisfy anyone unless you demand audiophile standard. i especially appreciate abbado's controlled but very passionately driven last movement, as oppose to the march like bombard playing so often encounter nowadays. not for some one who prefers rock-like mahler."
Although D. Hurvitz opinion , BPO is excelent
roberto guersoni giarola | Philadelphia, PA USA | 12/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Mr. Hurvitz are not able to appreciate anything that come from BERLINER PHILARMONIKER . Maybe he has personal reasons!? I don`t know. I`m my opinion , we need to forget everything but the music, when we are listening a record. That`s the reason why I think this cd one of my favourites . The first time that I listened it in 1991 , I was Socked , I never ever listened Mahler N. 1 like that. The second movement is a perfect example of how a orchestra must play! the agreement of sounds of the intruments , the combination of tones! a real exercise of harmony!. Perfection? no .Music is the great " mirror" of the human being , and this adjective do no belong it. If you like to listen passionate "music" , without beeing wooried with some small " technical " mistakes , this cd is a extraordinary option.I attempted a concert of Abbado conducting this music. I can guarantee that the sound of the cd reminds the live concert at Berlin Philarmonie hall."
Power Play!
Henry A. Filippone | Virginia, USA | 04/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This performance is outstanding! The recording is remarkable. The applause and acclaim from the audience tell all. No comparison to a namby-pamby Bernstein is acceptable.In an interview, Mahler confessed that he initially had tackled this composition with a reverence that would be expected from a young, arty fellow growing up in an age of sonorous fakes like Brahms and Schumann, but soon abandoned a "meaningful" construction and just tried to sound good by throwing in the kitchen sink, an amalgam of sounds from eastern Europe, the Mid-East, and who-knows-where.His later symphonies dragged on, just as inanely constructed, but without the spectacular sounds and crescendos of his first. The Abbado performance captures the force of this showstopper, and Abbado conducts with the brio of Toscanini. He obviously has a commanding presence and has earned the personal respect of his orchestra to get the militarily-precise downbeats, and transitions from thrilling peaks of rocking sound to pastoral dreaminess."