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Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 / Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra; Paavo Järvi [Blu-Ray]

Album Summary

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 3 in D minor
>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 4 in G major
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This C Major Blu-ray disc release of Gustav Mahler's Symphonies 3 and 4 continues the complete Mahler audiovisual cycle project the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Paavo Järvi initiated with the recent release of Mahler's first two symphonies. Soprano soloists Waltraud Meier and Genia Kühmeier feature in these performances of the Third and Fourth Symphonies respectively. "Genia Kühmeier sang with a transcendent and immaculate tone." (FAZ) "Great orchestra, outstanding conductor." (Bild Zeitung)

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
The Jarvi performances - video - come from concerts that traditionally open the Rheingau Music Festival in Germany. The festival was begun in 1987. The orchestra is the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, which recorded a lovely set of the symphonies with Eliahu Inbal for Teldec at the beginning of the digital era. The location is a large space (it looks like a Roman basilica. The acoustics are wonderful: enough resonance to let the sound bloom. Jarvi, principal conductor of the orchestra from 2006 to 2013, secures fine playing from his musicians and, even more important, understands Mahler's language. After Mehta's comfortable superficiality, it was wonderful to hear performances so specific, readings where what was being played mattered. Meier stays on stage to hear the finale, a wise choice. Jarvi starts with a moderately broad tempo. I love his attention to inner voices, like the cello tremolo around 1:26, which can be lost in other readings. The brass chorale is wonderfully done, solemn and expressive at the same time, with a shining string halo. The coda, for once (well, almost once) in recorded history is done right. Jarvi trusts Mahler and doesn't do any speed-up or slow-down when the timpani falling fourths come in to underpin the welcome-to-heaven music from the trumpets. He stays with Mahler's pulse - no tempo change - and it's a glorious result. He also gets the balance between the timpani and the basses just right: the drums give the attack and the basses the resonance. The sound is like a giant piano with the sustaining pedal in action.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 214 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo, DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese



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Works Details

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 3 in D minor
  • Performer: Waltraud Meier
  • Conductor: Paavo Järvi
  • Ensemble: Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1893-1896
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 4 in G major
  • Performer: Genia Kuhmeier
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1892-1900
  • Studio/Live: Live