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Mahler: Symphony No. 6 / Antonio Pappano

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>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 6 in A minor "Tragic"

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>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 6 in A minor "Tragic"
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Notes & Reviews:

Maestro Antonio Pappano leads the Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in this magnificent new recording of one of Mahler's most popular works: Symphony No. 6. Currently music director of the Royal Opera House, Convent Garden and the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, this release is not only Pappano's his first orchestral recording since the 2011 recording of Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 (5099994946222) but also his first Mahler recording on EMI Classics. This premier recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 6 is the perfect that celebrates the 150th anniversary of Mahler's birth as well as 100th anniversary of his death.

The symphony is best known as the 'tragic' symphony. But what is a 'tragic' symphony? Whose tragedy? Composed in 1903-4, Mahler's Sixth offers a real tragedy with teeth and claw - particularly the three hammer-blows in the finale. Those three hammer-strokes were, according to Mahler's wife Alma, a presentiment of the three 'blows of fate' that struck in the mid-1907 and would lead inexorably to Mahler's death four years later: the death of their daughter, his enforced departure from the Vienna State Opera, and the discovery of the heart defect that indeed felled him in the end.

"Pappano’s Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia has an exuberance that comes across most strongly in the opening Allegro energetico ...Pappano, like his Roman musicians, is still building up experience in Mahler. Where he scores is in the quieter, song-like stretches of music, such as the first movement’s dream sequence and an Andante of con amore warmth." -The Financial Times

"Never before has the shade of Verdi seemed so close in the bustling rhythms and the marching strings; Puccini’s shade, too, in the melodies’ long, arching, songful ache...Everything [Pappano] conducts is characterised by fiery drama, soaring lyricism, and bold projection as if through a proscenium arch...in this uplifting, operatic performance the endgame matters less than the music’s heroic fight for life. Buy this CD and marvel." -The Times

Financial Times
Pappano's Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia has an exuberance that comes across most strongly in the opening Allegro energetico ...Pappano, like his Roman musicians, is still building up experience in Mahler. Where he scores is in the quieter, song-like stretches of music, such as the first movement's dream sequence and an Andante of con amore warmth.

The Times
Never before has the shade of Verdi seemed so close in the bustling rhythms and the marching strings; Puccini's shade, too, in the melodies' long, arching, songful ache...Everything [Pappano] conducts is characterised by fiery drama, soaring lyricism, and bold projection as if through a proscenium arch...in this uplifting, operatic performance the endgame matters less than the music's heroic fight for life. Buy this CD and marvel.

The Observer
[an] enthralling account...terrific, ear-scorching climaxes

Sunday Times
Pappano's first Mahler recording with his Roman orchestra demonstrates an attention to detail in the score unobscured by biographical hypotheses. He plays the work in the published (and musically logical) order. The opening march has terrific thrust, the scherzo is laden with Mahler's sardonic black humour and nostalgia for folk music. The Accademia prides itself on its Mahlerian associations, with justice on this basis.

The Telegraph
If you're going to tone down Mahler's febrile neuroticism, you have to replace it with something equally valid, and that is exactly what Antonio Papppano does here in his first recording of the composer. Out goes the tortured intensity, in comes a blazing energy and warmth that pays dividends all the way through.

The Guardian
His expansive approach to the first three movements won't be to everyone's taste, though it often yields surprising results...The Scherzo has rarely sounded as implacable as it does here, though the Andante, in contrast, feels altogether too laid back, until its final climax where Pappano suddenly unleashes a maelstrom that takes your breath away.

Classic FM Magazine
What a performance! Pappano treats Mahler's opening movement with a restraint that reveals the itchy energy inside...[he] builds towards the finale with a sense of the inscrutable and a pile-driver bite.

International Record Review
Anyone wanting to hear an Italian orchestra play Mahler is likely to be fascinated and impressed by this performance...the Santa Cecilia Orchestra plays with a fine feeling for nuance and shape in the more tender music...there is a lot to admire in Pappano's account and while his view of its emotional trajectory doesn't engross me as I hoped it would, it is still starkly effective.

International Record Review
In such a legato-dominated programme, Armiliato's ability to breathe with his singer is welcome, as is the loveliness of the RPO's playing.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sala Santa Cecilia, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome (2011-01-08&2011-01-10&2011-).



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>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 6 in A minor "Tragic"
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Ensemble: Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
  • Notes: Sala Santa Cecilia, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome (2011-01-08&2011-01-10&2011-)
  • Running Time: 84 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1903-1904