Notes & Reviews:
On a purely musical basis, the Ninth straddles the boundary between late Romanticism and early modernism - as is manifested in the dissolution of tonality. Roger Norrington and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra have entered into this emotionally conflicted sound-world without sentimentality. As is now well known, Norrington's experience in dealing with historical performance practice, has led him to develop a modern orchestra with a historically informed style of performance, whose main characteristic is for the strings to play without vibrato - a performance style now known as the "Stuttgart Sound". As can be heard in Norrington's previous Mahler recordings, this interpretative decision can yield some profound musical results - from the transcendentally pure to the harrowing. No doubt, Norrington's Ninth will become one of the most talked-about recordings of 2010!
It is fascinating to set aside sensationalism in favour of re-evaluation and to hear this remarkable piece stripped, as it were, of its veneer and laid bare before us in all its unsettling majesty and humility...Refresh your ears and your perceptions and prepare to be surprised again.
This vivid live recording is a total vindication of Roger Norrington's belief that orchestral string sound acquires power and eloquence when played without any vibrato...it is especially in the last movement that Norrington's momentum and the pure, clear sound of the strings come together
Recording information: Liederhalle Stuttgart, Geethovensaal (09/05/2009).
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Works DetailsMahler, Gustav : Symphony no 9 in D major
- Conductor: Roger Norrington
- Running Time: 72 min. 8 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1908-1909