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David Nice
BBC Music Magazine, June 2020

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 1, "Titan" (Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Chailly) (NTSC) ACC-20335
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 1, "Titan" (Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Chailly) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10335

You can see the right emotions featured in Chailly’s face. His eyes are shut, Karajan-like, at the creation of the world, but soon flash open. The climaxes are carefully graded: the big explosion of joy at the heart of the first movement is capped by its equivalent in the Finale, leading to a ‘Triumphal’ as impactful as those by any of the greats. That Chailly can command a silence at the end before wild applause speaks volumes for his authority. And Chailly has studied all those greats, his words reveal, especially Willem Mengelberg and the instructions the Dutch conductor took down from Mahler in a crucial Concertgebouw rehearsal (it took Chailly a day to copy them in green ink into his own score) and Walter, whose ideal timings he believes he has emulated in this performance. © 2020 BBC Music Magazine Read complete review



Elliot Fisch
American Record Guide, November 2018

Sou-Chong and Lisa must make the abbreviated drama convincing while singing beautifully. Piotr Beczala’s and Julia Kleiter’s singing and acting are outstanding. Their singing is glorious and the realization of their fates is beautifully played.

For an excellent and impressive production that concentrates on the musical drama, this new production is very worthwhile. © 2018 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Robert Cummings
MusicWeb International, September 2018

The opening movement [of Symphony No. 1] starts appropriately with a sense of mystery that gradually brightens as instruments seem to awaken and a two-note motif appears on clarinet and elsewhere in the woodwinds. Chailly effectively works up some tension as thematic development unfolds, but the movement remains largely serene and joyous. The coda is spirited and brimming with energy – a brilliant conclusion. © 2018 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Peter Quantrill
Gramophone, June 2018

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 1, “Titan” (Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Chailly) (NTSC) ACC-20335
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 1, “Titan” (Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Chailly) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10335

An opportunity to hear Riccardo Chailly’s insight into Mahler’s First Symphony, both from the perspective of the podium through this filmed performance of 2015, and in interview. © 2018 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, May 2018

Today's leading Mahler interpreter, Riccardo Chailly, already has made multiple recordings of all of the symphonies. His superb latest series, with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, nears completion with this superb issue of Symphony No. 1. This site already has praised previous issues, in particular the magnificent Symphony No 7 and Symphony No. 8. This Symphony No. 1, recorded live January 2015, is of equal merit. © 2018 ClassicalCDReview.com Read complete review





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