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Mahler: Symphony No. 6 / Salonen

Album Summary

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

Notes & Reviews:

Sometimes known as 'The Tragic' – a title suggested but then withdrawn by the composer – Mahler's Sixth Symphony embodies much of the inner turmoil and superstition of its composer. Conceived at perhaps one of the happiest periods of Mahler's life, it seems to foreshadow the personal tragedies that would later befall him – with his wife Alma writing that "The music and what it foretold touched us deeply."

Esa-Pekka Salonen's work with the Philharmonia for the City f Dreams: Vienna 1900-1935 concert series has produced a umber of powerful, live concert recordings for the Philharmonia series, including Schoenberg's Gurrelieder, Berlioz's Symphony Fantastique and Mahler's Symphony No.9 – all of which have been praised by critics following their release on Signum.

"The Philharmonia plays with well-mannered grace, but it’s all too even-tempered...All told, this is a thoroughly professional off-the-cuff performance, rather than the product of special commitment and rehearsal" -The Financial Times

"[An] electrifying performance...Salonen suggests continuity by taking first and second movements at the same, slightly brisker speed. The Philharmonia benefits from some wonderfully aristocratic horn playing" -The Observer

"If a gorgeously refulgent sound and heaven-storming rhetoric are what you look for in a recording of Mahler’s 6th Symphony, this one won’t be your first choice. If an intelligent and subtle shaping of its huge span and alertness to each telling detail count for more, you’ll find it richly rewarding. The delicacy of the Philharmonia’s playing is miraculous, particularly in the lovely andante movement." -The Telegraph

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Royal Festival Hall, London (05/28/2009).


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>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 6 in A minor "Tragic"
  • Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 80 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1903-1904