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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



Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, June 2013

This surely is a loving performance, beautifully played by the Gewandhaus Orchestra…The warm acoustics of the Gewandhaus have been beautifully captured by the engineer…The DVD also has another bonus, a fascinating description of how the Welte Mignon piano roll system operates, and Mahler’s piano recording of the final movement of Symphony No 4. This is a worthwhile issue in every way. © 2013 ClassicalCDReview.com Read complete review





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