Mahler: Symphony No. 7 / Jonathan Nott

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>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 7 in E minor

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

The Bamberger Symphoniker and Jonathan Nott present Mahler's Symphony No. 7. Mahler's seventh was described as "very problematic" by Otto Klemperer following its premiere, and as "a weak piece" by Theodor W. Adorno. Mahler himself considered this work to be mainly cheerful and humoristic in content. Here, we encounter a masterpiece of formal construction, instrumentation and, above all, content.

"The Seventh Symphony presents one of the greatest challenges in the cycle for any conductor. Nott's reading has many of the virtues that distinguished the finest of his earlier discs – formal clarity and directness; lean, crisp textures; and a total lack of indulgence. He is at his most impressive in his clear-sighted handling of the long span of the first movement." -The Guardian

"We've come to expect certain qualities from this Bamberg/Nott Mahler cycle - not least real stylistic awareness and exceptional attention to detail - and this beautifully prepared and acutely well-heard Seventh is no exception. Perhaps Nott's most notable achievement here lies in uncovering beauty and fascination and a certain sensuousness beneath the often strange and misshapen...One to hear - and superbly engineered, too." -The Guardian

"Nott adopts a gradual but far from cautious approach to a first movement that inches forward from its initial pensiveness...no one who hears this account is likely to be disappointed, not least when the Bamberg Symphony's playing reaffirms its current standing among European orchestras." -International Record Review

BBC Music Magazine, June 2012 ****
Nott's is the latest in a hard-to-choose-from field. Every Bamberg soloist, from the artistic tenor horn solo right at the start, is given room to breathe...This performance may not be quite as incandescent as the same team's recent Third Symphony, but it's still well up to the overall standards of Bamberg's Mahlerian success story.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2012
We've come to expect certain qualities from this Bamberg/Nott Mahler cycle - not least real stylistic awareness and exceptional attention to detail - and this beautifully prepared and acutely well-heard Seventh is no exception. Perhaps Nott's most notable achievement here lies in uncovering beauty and fascination and a certain sensuousness beneath the often strange and misshapen... One to hear - and superbly engineered, too.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Joseph Keilberth Hall, Bamberg, Germany (07/11/2011-07/15/2011).



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>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 7 in E minor
  • Conductor: Jonathan Nott
  • Ensemble: Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Joseph Keilberth Hall, Bamberg, Germany (07/11/2011-07/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 79 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1904-1905