Notes & Reviews:
After great praise for the Gurzenich Orchestra's debut with Mahler's Fifth Symphony, the ensemble now presents the next volume of this cycle: Mahler's Fourth Symphony, with Gurzenich kapellmeister Markus Stenz at the helm. Christiane Oelze sings the soprano part in the last movement, "Das himmlische Leben". This recording - like its predecessor - was recorded under studio conditions, and the outstanding acoustics of the Cologne Philharmonie in connection with audiophile SACD mastering guarantees the highest technical sound standards as well.
"Markus Stenz is back in fine Mahlerian form. His Fourth symphony is wonderfully distinctive, most notably for a freshness and spontaneity that perfectly suits the music. At the same time, however, Stenz and the Cologne players capture a remarkable amount of detail (and this is the crucial point) without ever sounding mannered or self-conscious... this is simply a wonderful performance, excellently played, recorded, and sung, and it's different enough from all of the competition to justify purchase even if you already think you own enough versions of this symphony." -ClassicsToday (10/10)
The vividness of the detail in the weird, not-quite-Scherzo second movement mesmerises the ear
Recording information: Kölner Philharmonie (2009-08-23_2009-08-26&2009-).
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Works DetailsMahler, Gustav : Symphony no 4 in G major
- Conductor: Markus Stenz
- Notes: Kölner Philharmonie (2009-08-23_2009-08-26&2009-)
- Running Time: 54 min. 6 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1899-1900