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José Luis Bermúdez
Classical Net, August 2015

MAHLER, G.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 (P. Järvi) (Blu-ray, HD) 718104
MAHLER, G.: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 (P. Järvi) (Blu-ray, HD) 719204
MAHLER, G.: Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6 (P. Järvi) (Blu-ray, HD) 729404
MAHLER, G.: Symphonies Nos. 7 and 8 (P. Järvi) (Blu-ray, HD) 729604
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 9 / Symphony No. 10: I. Adagio (P. Järvi) (Blu-ray, HD) 729804

The Frankfurt Radio Symphony (more properly known as the HR-sinfonieorchester) has a long tradition of Mahler playing, going back to its first principal conductor Hans Rosbaud. There is no question in my mind, after listening to this cycle, that it is in the front rank of Mahler orchestras.

The orchestra has a rich string sound, complemented by wind and brass sections that play with great assurance and are temperamentally attuned to Mahler’s multiple moods and styles. Mahler makes heavy demands upon solo musicians and the principals respond extremely well. [Samuel Seidenberg’s] horn solo is outstanding in the scherzo of the Fifth. But the standard is very high throughout the whole cycle. Highlights include the deliberately clumsy frère Jacques played by the double bass in the third movement of the First; the solos from the trombone and posthorn in the first and third movements of the Third; the horn solo in the second Nachtmusik from the Seventh; and the solo viola in the second and third movements of the Ninth.

Mahler was a great orchestrator and one of the real strengths of Paavo Järvi’s conducting is his skill in bringing out the complex texture of Mahler’s orchestral sound and striking a balance between the different voices. The slow movements display this skill to best effect. The first and last movements of the Ninth and the Adagio of the Tenth are particularly memorable. © 2015 Classical Net Read complete review

Andrew Quint
Fanfare, July 2015

The performances on this disc are never less than considered and impressively played… © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Peter J. Rabinowitz
Fanfare, May 2015

Paavo Järvi gives us extremely detailed Mahler with bursts of real character, especially in terms of tempo manipulation. He is consistently attentive to balance and articulation, too. …dynamics are imaginatively handled, with a real appreciation for the quiet end, not only in such obvious passages as the Second’s choral entry, but throughout both performances. And there’s some distinguished work from some of the orchestra’s soloists, particularly the first flute. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Robert Cummings
Classical Net, April 2015

MAHLER, G.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 (P. Järvi) (Blu-ray, HD) 718104
MAHLER, G.: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 (P. Järvi) (Blu-ray, HD) 719204

If one needed to sum up in a few words Paavo Järvi’s style of interpreting Mahler, I would say his way with the music is energetic, spirited and colorful, rarely sounding ponderous or bogged down. Slow music never sounds too slow and fast music comes across as lively and judiciously paced, never hasty. No eccentricities here, then. All four of these interpretations are very good to excellent and can thus compete with the better or even the best versions available. Strongly recommended. © 2015 Classical Net Read complete review

Dave Billinge
MusicWeb International, February 2015

Watching Järvi it is obvious this is something he cares about deeply. His expressive responses to his superb orchestra add to the pleasures of this performance. The sound is good and the picture nicely detailed…All in all an attractive performance and recording. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Remy Franck
Pizzicato, December 2014

In Mahler’s First Symphony, structure, sound and emotion are held in a good equilibrium by conductor Paavo Järvi, but except for the final minutes, the performance lacks the very exceptional momentum. The Second symphony has a lot of power, incredible delicate moments and the overall impact is just miraculous. © 2014 Pizzicato

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