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|Gustav Mahler, Claudio Abbado, Chicago Symphony Orchestra|
Mahler: Symphony No. 7
No Description Available No Track Information Available Media Type: CD Artist: MAHLER,G. Title: SYM 7 Street Release Date: 03/14/1995
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Media Type: CD
Title: SYM 7
Street Release Date: 03/14/1995
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No longer the troubled symphony
Andrew Iwasyszyn | England | 02/02/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
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Abbado+CSO+Mahler 7=winning combo
cmk | Oregon | 03/21/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
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Two Mahler Sevenths from Abbado
Santa Fe Listener | Santa Fe, NM USA | 01/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Twenty years separate Abbado's CSO recording of the Mahler Seventh (1984) from his live concert reading with the Berlin Phil. (2002). This symphony brings out the best in Abbado; there isn't a trace of slackness or underplaying in either performance. It's interesting to compare how his conception has changed over two decades.
1984: When the CSO played under Solti, every Mahler symphony was turned into a blockbuster, externalizing the music so that you noticed the orchestra first and Mahler second. This is sitll somewhat true here. The CSO is extroverted and forward, prone to big gestures in the air and aided by one of DG's best early digital recordings--one could mistake this for top-of-the-line analog sound. Abbado conducts in broad strokes, and in his effort to make the music beatuiful at every moment, he doesn't sharply delineate changes of mood and tone. The entire first movement, for example, doesnt' get tangled with itself or veer between schizoid moods as under Bernstein. We hear a steady march rhythm throughout and consistent optimism. Similarly, the finale is smoothed out to the point of sounding jaunty. That said, Abbado shows a strong affinity for this work; every section is ocmpletely felt and convincing. At the time of its release, when critics still parroted the rusty judgment that the Seventh is a "difficult" work, Abbado offered mellifluous proof that it wasn't.
2002: The Berlin Phil. doesn't showcase itself, serving Mahler with spontaneous, expressive playing of his every nuance. In fact, the refinement of ensemble is all but uncanny. Abbado hasn't changed his earlier timing (78 min.) by more than a few seconds, but the controus are different--this is a performance of many contrasts, sharp turns, eerie ghost noises, idealized memories of nature, and surreal dancers who disappear into the night. The recorded sound is more distant than before, enticing the listener in rather than meeting us face to face.
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