, May 2014
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 6 (Chailly) (NTSC) ACC-20268
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 6 (Chailly) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10268
The Gewandhausorchester Leipzig proves more than equal to its task, plunging headlong into an unflinching encounter with the music’s epic narrative. Thanks to Chailly’s two-fold understanding of the score—in its executive dimensions, but also in a deeper autobiographical aspect for Mahler—we experience this Sixth as both musical triumph and tragic prophecy…this conductor and this orchestra have wrestled a superb account from the mere notes in the score. It’s a textbook demonstration of the cathartic power of music.
Producer Paul Smaczny and his crew have accomplished a nearly impossible task: a succession of close-ups, long shots, conductor gestures, etc, that seldom distract from the music, more often calling our attention to significant details of scoring and form. The sight of the players’ passionate involvement adds enormously to the experience. The sound…is (as ever with this series) first-rate. © 2014 PS Audio Read complete review