Notes & Reviews:
Following his critically acclaimed recording of Mahler's 'Symphony No. 6', Valery Gergiev returns to LSO Live with an equally intense performance of the 'Symphony No. 1', vividly recorded in London earlier in 2008. Although the maestro already enjoys a formidable reputation as one of today's leading Mahler interpreters, this ongoing cycle with the London Symphony Orchestra represents his first recordings of the composer's music.
Extrovert and flamboyant, with plenty of drama, particularly in the outer movements.
An exercise in barely suppressed hysteria, brilliantly illuminated by the LSO woodwinds. Most conductors permit a sense of spatial grandeur as the close approaches. Gergiev was unremitting; aggression and dissonance held the stage at the every end. If you like your Mahler visceral, spine-tingling and dangerous, this was for you à the LSO are certainly playing out of their skins for Gergiev
Classic FM Magazine
A Mahler First that's packed with heightened drama, fastidious detail and mint-fresh playing from the LSO à it has a springy, innocent crispness that the conductor deftly balances with a nightmarish vision in the finale
BBC Music Magazine
Not since Bernstein have we encountered a Mahler conductor of such idiosyncrasy and fire.
Independent on Sunday
A riveting performance à vital, reckless and thrilling àone of the most exciting things I've heard from the LSO"
Gergiev's Mahler cycle at the Barbican has been accused of excess - as if in Mahler's, of all music, that were necessarily a crime. Certainly, everything here tends to be taken to extremes: the lovely vernal freshness of the first movement's main theme, the oppressive heat at the start of its development section, the scherzo's hint of menace, the trio's of eeriness, the slow movement's macabre humour, the finale's nightmarish violence and the passionate tenderness of its dream of remembered happiness. The result, with the LSO playing with marvellous expressiveness and energy, is irresistible, at once disciplined and joyfully spontaneous.
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Works DetailsMahler, Gustav : Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan"
- Conductor: Valery Gergiev
- Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
- Running Time: 52 min. 1 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: ?/?1884-03/1888
- Studio/Live: Live