Notes & Reviews:
Conductor Daniel Harding's follow up to his first BR-Klassik CD (Schumann's Faust Scenes, BR-KLASSIK, 900122) is this 2014 live recording of Gustav Mahler's Sixth Symphony from Munich's Philharmonie im Gasteig. Counting Sir Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado among his teachers, he has since 2005 made a name for himself leading spectacular concerts with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra as guest conductor. One of Mahler's most unusual symphonies, the score of the Sixth is dark and complex, contrasting starkly with what appeared on the surface to be a happy and carefree phase of his life during its composition. The BRSO has been a pioneering ensemble among the world's greatest orchestras in performances of Mahler's symphonies, dating to the Rafael Kubelík era of the 1960s.Notes & Reviews:
Recording information: München, Philharmonie im Gasteig (03/20/2014-03/22/2014).
Submitted on 02/26/16 by Allen Cohen
The orchestra sounds fantastic, and it is clear that they were very much on the same musical page as Daniel Harding from the opening bars to the closing of this immense work. The recording quality is excellent, and the liner notes are informative and well written, giving some background on the initial performances of the work as well as what happened to the Mahler family after the work was completed, the work almost foreshadowing some of the awful things that the Mahler’s experienced.
For those that love and appreciate the very special music making of Gustav Mahler, this recording is certainly a worthy interpretation of Symphony No. 6 that should be listened to and emotionally digested. Strongly recommended.
Submitted on 04/04/16 by KlingonOpera
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Works DetailsMahler, Gustav : Symphony no 6 in A minor "Tragic"
- Conductor: Daniel Harding
- Ensemble: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
- Running Time: 81 min. 46 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1903-1904
- Studio/Live: Live