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Huntley Dent
Fanfare, January 2020

…This new release is preferable largely for Jansons’s heightened interpretation. Recommended chiefly to inveterate collectors and fans of the conductor who cannot get enough. © 2020 Fanfare Read complete review




Blair Sanderson
AllMusic.com, November 2019

The playing by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra is world-class in its vivid colors, vital rhythms, and technical virtuosity, and the trajectory of the work is skillfully controlled by Jansons, who builds energy and excitement without indulging in unorthodox tempos… On the whole, this is a satisfying recording that holds its own… © 2019 AllMusic.com Read complete review



Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, November 2019

Jansons conducts the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in a performance that is entirely warm and appealing…

Jansons’ opening is memorable, creating a swirling and stormy introduction that I find exciting. There is some breathtakingly glorious music here that in the hands of Jansons seems to suggest love and passion. Jansons conclusion is exhilarating and concludes in jubilation resulting in enthusiastic applause from the audience. © 2019 MusicWeb International Read complete review




BBC Music Magazine, November 2019

In this outstanding live performance, Mariss Jansons charts the multi-faceted emotion trajectory of Mahler One with total conviction and brings wonderful clarity to its subtly layered orchestration. © 2019 BBC Music Magazine



Ralph Moore
MusicWeb International, October 2019

The opening must weave magic; the sustained A is Ur-music, a primaeval Alpha sounding aeons before the Omega, redolent of primordial “nothingness” but paradoxically pregnant with universal possibilities—and Jansons achieves all that triumphantly, generating all the mystery one could wish for in the first four minutes before easing gracefully into the bucolic stroll through the charmed landscape.

…This is great playing. © 2019 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Jean-Yves Duperron
Classical Music Sentinel, September 2019

Notice the autumnal sound Jansons evinces from the strings in the middle segment. The final movement bursts wide open with determination and power, and the orchestral players’ control over all the slightest changes in dynamics is impressive. When echoes of the first movement return it truly sounds like a distant memory of something lost forever in time, which makes the ensuing swell of emotion even more gripping. And when the exuberance and joy of the final movement ultimately take over, and the whole orchestra is rejoicing, it can’t but bring a smile to your face. © 2019 Classical Music Sentinel Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, September 2019

Jansons gives this Mahler an incredible intensity and a phenomenal inner life, in which the composer’s complex personality is fully expressed.

In the finale, instead of dramatically electrifying the music, the conductor tries to show the whole spectrum of tonal and dynamic gradations and to grab us with a musical richness astonishing in its transparency and abundance. A great interpretation, very well recorded. © 2019 Pizzicato Read complete review





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