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Bruce Surtees
The WholeNote, January 2014

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 4 (Chailly) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10257
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 6 (Chailly) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10268

The new Mahler cycle by Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhaus Orchestra continues. Both these Concertgebouw performances are cast in the traditional mould.

This new Fourth Symphony disc contains, in addition to the revelatory, searching performance, two bonus features. Mahler is heard playing from the fourth movement on the 1905 Welte-Mignon piano rolls, and Chailly expounds on his new interpretation of the symphony with illustrations from the rehearsals and performance.

The Sixth is immediately arresting. The total performance is a new experience…

…these nonpareil performances realize Mahler’s genius as an orchestrator and music visionary. As before, no one on the stage is on automatic pilot…they are all in the moment. My attention was rapt through gossamer pianissimos to translucent, shattering tuttis. I’m sold. © 2014 The WholeNote Read complete review



Karl Lozier
Positive Feedback Online, September 2013

In this release the vocalist is superb and perhaps almost subtle as if letting the music itself being foremost. All the instruments and groupings wind up being featured in this…composition. It is obviously a dedicated work by a great composer simply entertaining his audience as he might not have been able to do in earlier years. Easily a top recommendation in all respects and do not expect to find its superior in any respect. I believe the vocal soloist to have the best performance ever in my memory. © 2013 Positive Feedback Online Read complete review




Peter Quantrill
Gramophone, August 2013

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 4 (Chailly) (NTSC) ACC-20257
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 4 (Chailly) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10257

The first movement’s complex map of tempo relationships is negotiated with sly cunning, exemplified by the clash of simultaneous speeds in the opening bars, so that the symphony’s irony and double-voicing plays itself in a symphonic analogue to Wagner’s music-dramas that the conductor-Intendant-composer Mahler would, one senses, have keenly appreciated himself. The second movement is done swiftly with a poker-faced conclusion…and yet all the while one feels the shadow of Beethoven and especially Haydn over Mahler’s transformations of dance rhythms, symphonic tropes and naturalistic rhetoric…

…Christina Landshamer brings an awesome purity of timbre to the refrain of each Wunderhorn verse. © 2013 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Mel Martin
Audiophile Audition, June 2013

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There just aren’t any faults with the production or the performance. I can’t think of a better way to appreciate the seductive Mahler 4th than this, and the unusual bonus features make it even a more worthwhile purchase. Audiophile Audition Read complete review




Jeffrey Kauffman
Blu-ray.com, May 2013

Chailly leads his troops through an often energetic performance…The playing is excellent and the final movement features a lovely vocal performance by Christina Landshamer. However, the real allure of this release may reside in the fascinating player piano supplement that features Mahler himself playing the fourth movement of the symphony.

…this version of the Fourth is appealing and features a really fascinating supplement. Recommended. © 2013 Blu-ray.com Read complete review




Lawrence Devoe
Blu-rayDefinition.com, May 2013

This realization of Symphony No 4, Mahler’s “little” masterpiece, only little when compared to his much larger and longer symphonies, is an event to be savored. Riccardo Chailly gives this work its due and is skillfully aided and abetted by the Accentus recording team. © 2013 Blu-rayDefinition.com Read complete review





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