Notes & Reviews:
Best-selling conductor and Midem Classical Award winner, David Zinman and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich continue their acclaimed Mahler cycle with Symphony no. 6 - subtitled "The Tragic," thrilling and deeply moving in the way the composer seems to reach for joy and hope in the face of utter despair. "Zinman Shines" writes Classicstoday.com, in its review of the recording. "The opening march is crisp, energetic... the 'Andante' also sounds gorgeous... Every performance of this symphony succeeds or fails on the basis of the finale, and here Zinman really excels... this is a very fine sixth."
The American conductor is scrupulous in his attention to detail - what characterful woodwind soloists, especially the oboe and cor anglais in the slow movement, and horn-players the Tonhalle Orchestra now has - but also in complete command of the bigger picture. The ordering of the central movements has an inevitable musical logic, which is entirely convincing. But this is far from a cool, objective reading - the surging, striving strings dig deep into the yearning melody of the Finale's opening bars - and the hammer blows of Fate (the third unplayed) register as harrowingly as in more feverish accounts of this great symphony.
His treatment of the first movement is a model of restraint, and by placing the slow movement before the scherzo (the order Mahler chose for the premiere, reversing that in the first edition of the printed score), he dilutes its baleful intensity even more. Yet that choice allows him to build the tension steadily through the scherzo into the vast finale, which is laid out with remarkable formal clarity, if not the sense of catastrophic power that some conductors bring to its hammer-blow climaxes.
BBC Music Magazine
David Zinman... opts to illuminate the complex web of contrapuntal lines that straddle each movement while at the same time underlining the composer's profound relationship to this symphonic predecessors. Thus the scherzo... has an impressive Brucknerian gravitas rather than the more manic or grotesque urgency favoured by some other interpreters.
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Works DetailsMahler, Gustav : Symphony no 6 in A minor "Tragic"
- Conductor: David Zinman
- Ensemble: Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra
- Notes: Tonhalle Zurich, Switzerland (05/14/2007-05/16/2007)
- Running Time: 81 min. 8 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1903-1904