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Lawrence Schenbeck
PS Audio, May 2014

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 6 (Chailly) (NTSC) ACC-20268
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 6 (Chailly) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10268

The Gewandhausorchester Leipzig proves more than equal to its task, plunging headlong into an unflinching encounter with the music’s epic narrative. Thanks to Chailly’s two-fold understanding of the score—in its executive dimensions, but also in a deeper autobiographical aspect for Mahler—we experience this Sixth as both musical triumph and tragic prophecy…this conductor and this orchestra have wrestled a superb account from the mere notes in the score. It’s a textbook demonstration of the cathartic power of music.

Producer Paul Smaczny and his crew have accomplished a nearly impossible task: a succession of close-ups, long shots, conductor gestures, etc, that seldom distract from the music, more often calling our attention to significant details of scoring and form. The sight of the players’ passionate involvement adds enormously to the experience. The sound…is (as ever with this series) first-rate. © 2014 PS Audio Read complete review

Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare, May 2014

…I found myself completely caught up in watching Chailly and the orchestra because they’re so deeply into what they are doing…the high-resolution digital sound is as spectacular as Chailly’s interpretation, capturing the slightest rustle of harp strings and the sound of stays on the oboe with astounding clarity. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review, February 2014

This is a magnificent account of Maher’s mighty Symphony No 6, with Riccardo Chailly leading the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra…Video and audio are outstanding, and the camera always is in the right place; it is a pleasure to watch the orchestra…playing with such passion and perfection. With this release there is an important bonus, a discussion of Mahler and his Tragic symphony with Chailly, Reinhold Kubik…and music journalist Peter Korfmacher. This is an informal presentation on the Gewandhaus stage before a small attentive audience. The discussion is fascinating…this is a major Mahler release. Don’t miss it! © 2014 Read complete review

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