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Mahler: Symphony No. 7 / Neeme Järvi

Album Summary

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 7 in E minor
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Notes & Reviews:

Neeme Jarvi is Chief Conductor of the Residentie Orchestra The Hague and together they are undertaking performances of symphonies by Mahler and Bruckner. This recording of Mahler’s Seventh Symphony and the recent one of Bruckner’s Fifth aptly demonstrate his growing relationship with the Orchestra. Gramophone wrote about the Bruckner recording: "Jarvi is too good a musician not to take his players with him. Indeed the Dutch musicians display a certain daredevil nonchalance as they breeze their way through the epic 635 bar finale." Mahler’s Seventh is perhaps the least well known of all Mahler’s symphonies, and the most enigmatic.

"One never quite knows what to expect. The best way to approach this piece is directly, without second-guessing the indications in the score, and to let the music stand or fall on its own merits, without overplaying any single aspect of Mahler's form or content. Järvi is a clear-headed judge of what works, and his orchestra certainly grasps his ideas, so what they present is a fairly straightforward reading that gets the music across without exaggeration and without caricature. No one should come to this performance expecting a great revelation of what Mahler wanted, but it is a reasonably accurate performance of what is on the page, so listeners can make an informed judgment of the symphony based on what they hear in this recording. Chandos' super audio recording is spacious, resonant, and richly hued, so for the sound alone audiophiles will want to give this album a try." -All Music Guide

"[it is] as if Järvi wants to stress beyond all doubt that the symphony represents a new direction for Mahler: more experimental, more abstracted...[He] plainly revels in the spookhouse effects of the nocturnal inner movements" -Gramophone Magazine

"here is playing of a very high international standard throughout. Never once do the musicians let their conductor or composer down, and the internal balance of the vast instrumental forces Mahler demands is admirable. Everything is clear, sonically, from the most finely detailed solos to the largest tuttis...This is a fine achievement all round." -International Record Review

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Dr. Anton Philipszaal, The Hague (06/05/2009-06/06/2006).


A unique recording
As always, Mahler’s symphony delivers movements packed full of dances, folk inspiration, soaring melodies, dynamic surprises, and lush harmonies. Neeme Jarvi has led his orchestra to a great recording here. The orchestra plays wonderfully and with great musicality. All sections of the ensemble perform this piece well, but I particularly liked the brass section. Mahler’s orchestration lets each section shine at different moments, but the brass seems ever-present and plays with great sensitivity to the changing moods of this piece. This is a fabulous hour (plus) of the gorgeous music that lets people everywhere fall in love with Mahler. Superb playing and a fine recording overall.
Submitted on 08/18/10 by NashvilleMusicProf 
Good orchestra, good sound, but some curious decisions from the podium
Neeme Järvi is trying here to make a traditional symphony out of a work that is anything but. Tempos are generally fast, and transitions between radically different sections are made seamless. But this work only really shines for conductors who are happy to live in the moment an ignore the structural imperfections. Good playing though, and good audio too: http://www.classical-cd-reviews.com/2010/10/mahler-symphony-no7-neeme-jarvi.html
Submitted on 11/20/10 by Gavin Dixon 
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>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 7 in E minor
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Notes: Dr. Anton Philipszaal, The Hague (06/05/2009-06/06/2006)
  • Running Time: 69 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1904-1905