Notes & Reviews:
Following recordings of Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle and Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet, LSO Live returns to Valery Gergiev's acclaimed Mahler cycle with the release of the fourth symphony. Using a reduced orchestra, unusually without any lower brass, Mahler's Symphony No.4 was influenced by the trend to revive the classical style of Haydn and Mozart, as a reaction against the monumental "Wagnerian" romanticism of its predecessors. The work is based around the final movement, written some years earlier - its childish and naive text giving shape to the other movements.
BBC Music Magazine
Pacing is almost always emotionally precise, and sonorities rounded and well-judged
No one doubts Gergiev's supremacy in Russian music, but eyebrows have been raised at his Mahler series. In fact, Gergiev's febrile intensity lends itself well to the neurotic quality of Mahler's music... the orchestra is superb.
Recording information: Barbican, London (01/11/2008-01/12/2008).
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Works DetailsMahler, Gustav : Symphony no 4 in G major
- Conductor: Valery Gergiev
- Notes: Barbican, London (01/11/2008-01/12/2008)
- Running Time: 54 min. 8 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1899-1900
- Studio/Live: Live