Notes & Reviews:
The final release in Valery Gergiev's acclaimed Mahler cycle features the composer's Symphony No.9, recorded at the Barbican in March 2011. Mahler wrote his ninth symphony during a time of great personal suffering and heartache. This is reflected in the music, at times manic and fierce, at others delicate and serene, as it explores many emotions and ultimately concludes with the heart-stopping coda of the Adagio, seemingly conveying the composer's acceptance of his own mortality.
BBC Music Magazine
Gergiev paces and balances [the opening's] unfolding finely, from halting start via macabre climax to nostalgic fade-out. The ensuing Landler movement duly comes as a shock as Mahler doubtless intended... The sardonic contrapuntal capers of the Rondo Burleske third movement are also played for force here... Thereafter, the reading comes back into focus, with the climax passionately delivered and an unfailing concentration in those infinitely drawn-out dying bars.
Classic FM Magazine
The LSO's lustrous, ultra-secure paying reaches astonishing virtuoso heights in the 'Rondo Burleske' Scherzo. And Gergiev unfolds Mahler's huge four-movement structure with masterly grip and command... If you like your Mahler to be a sumptuous feast of sound, look no further. If you want to be taken to the music's expressive heart, look elsewhere.
His conception remains pushy, extrovert and darkly opaque, the horns glowering menacingly even in moments of repose... The band displays both its corporate dexterity and its famous ability to play very loudly indeed. Surface detail is tangibly immediate, the vivid yet shallow sound stage reinforcing the impression that we are listening to a brilliant concerto for orchestra... such an interpretation will have its admirers - never boring, half-hearted or indecisive
Despite typically swift speeds, there's none of the haste that some have disliked in Gergiev's Mahler. Interpretatively, however, you will either love or loathe it. It's an unusually panicky account of a work generally considered to be about mortality and resignation... The inner movements bristle with existential alarm, and the exhausted collapse at the height of the Rondo Burleske is particularly well done.
Recording information: Barbican, London (03/02/2011-03/03/2011).
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Works DetailsMahler, Gustav : Symphony no 9 in D major
- Conductor: Valery Gergiev
- Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
- Notes: Barbican, London (03/02/2011-03/03/2011)
- Running Time: 79 min. 9 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1908-1909