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Mahler: Symphony No. 4 / Herreweghe

Album Summary

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 4 in G major
Performer Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

After a 30-year partnership with Harmonia Mundi, Philippe Herreweghe has founded his own label, PHI. Under Herreweghe’s leadership, the Orchestre des Champs-Elys?s has been striving, for almost 20 years, to attain an idiomatic style and forgotten colors. This Fourth Symphony by Mahler, interpreted on period instruments, champions resolutely modern aesthetics far from standard interpretations. Beyond the sumptuous colors of the orchestra, beyond the meticulous work on the musical score, this recording confirms Herreweghe’s intimacy with the world of the Viennese composers at the turn of the century.

"The benefits of a period-instrument approach to Mahler are not yet quite proven: what immediately grabs the attention here is the supple solo flute timbre and boldly open, splendid horn sound; it is not until the third movement that the glassy sound of the strings (though not without vibrato) and the plangent oboe emerge with the greatest eloquence and simplicity. Herreweghe is never an extrovert interpreter, and after some very scrunchy, pointed dissonant climaxes, he lets the music float with Rosemary Joshua's ethereal soprano solo in the last movement, fading to nothing in eternal bliss. Distinctively pure and touching."-The Guardian

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Grenoble, MC2 (03/11/2010-03/12/2010).


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>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 4 in G major
  • Performer: Rosemary Joshua (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
  • Notes: Grenoble, MC2 (03/11/2010-03/12/2010)
  • Running Time: 53 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1899-1900