Notes & Reviews:
Klaus Tennstedt was one of the great Mahlerians of his time and, over a period of 10 years, he recorded a Mahler cycle in the studio with the LPO where he was music director from 1983 to his retirement due to ill health in 1987. This recording has never before been issued and is sourced from the BBC master tapes. Bonus features include a short interview from 1987 with Tennstedt who discusses Mahler interpretation with Michael Oliver.
"This is not the spick and span, vibrato-lite Mahler somewhat in vogue today...yet something special is going on, especially when the stick is discarded for much of the long-breathed, old-world, unashamedly subjective Adagietto...[Meier] contributes more than the statutory stoical poise...Exuding integrity, his finale is again straightforward, by no means unduly slow. Fortunately the sound is good." -Gramophone
"This is an overwhelming experience. Tennstedt’s studio recordings of Mahler are impressive, but his concerts with the LPO at the Festival Hall were something different — among the greatest performances I have ever heard. This Mahler 3, given on October 5, 1986, is on fire from the first note. The Tennstedt strengths (huge dynamic range, maximum vividness of instrumental colour) strike you like a blow." -The Sunday Times
"They are almost unbearably intense, recorded live as the pressures of illness loomed over the conductor. The intensity is palpable on the CD of the Third Symphony...but it is visible on the DVD of the Fifth: Tennstedt's unique way was to let the music unfurl with total freedom (and some vagueness) and then galvanise its climax with frightening concentration." -The Observer
The Sunday Times, London
Tennstedt takes his time in this 1986 performance, but never has the mighty work moved with surer tread or deeper emotion.
Recording information: BBC Studios (10/05/1986); Royal Festival Hall, London (10/05/1986); BBC Studios (1987); Royal Festival Hall, London (1987).
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Works DetailsMahler, Gustav : Symphony no 3 in D minor
- Conductor: Klaus Tennstedt
- Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
- Running Time: 95 min. 30 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1893-1896
Word, Spoken : Tennstedt discusses his interpretation of Mahler, notably Mahler's Symphony no 6, with Michael Oliv
- Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic