Notes & Reviews:
Performed as a complete cycle in Berlin, Vienna and New York, these concerts were a tremendous success. The Financial Times even wrote, "New York is going Mahler mad." Includes a fascinating 22-minute documentary on the musical world of Mahler as seen by Barenboim and Boulez - just in time for the 2011 Mahler year.
This is one of the finest Mahler 9s I have ever heard (or seen, for that matter). Barenboim recorded a swift, urgent account of this symphony for Warner Classics a few years ago, live in concert with the same orchestra. The interpretation here is very much the same, but timings are slightly quicker, the orchestral playing is even tighter and more refined, and the emotional still deeper. Those for whom resignation is the key note of this symphony will baulk at this live concert recording, but its passion and intensity are unique.
he audio perspective is quite closely focused, with excellent detail, definition, and clarity; this close focus draws the listener into the performance. The video production is evenly divided between orchestra and conductor with a few distant shots of the entire stage. The picture is extremely sharp. Anyone seriously interested in Mahler should seek out this new DVD.
Whether the non-rivalry, or whatever one should call it, with Pierre Boulez in this shared cycle has projected him further into Mahler's sound world, this account is overwhelming.
The camerawork here is strong, bringing the viewer into the most interesting sections of the orchestra at any given moment and doing so in a particularly musical fashion.
Run Time: 101 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.1
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Works DetailsMahler, Gustav : Symphony no 9 in D major
- Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
- Ensemble: Staatskapelle Berlin
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1908-1909