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Barry Forshaw
Classical CD Choice, November 2015

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 5 (Chailly) (NTSC) ACC-20284
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 9 (Chailly) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10299

Riccardo Chailly’s Mahler has long been one of the great glories of modern recording, channelling the drama and insight of the great conductors of the past but enshrining his performances in recordings that make his predecessor’s discs sound positively antediluvian in terms of recorded sound. …Of the two symphonies, Chailly manages an impeccable balance of sensitivity and dynamism in the Fifth, while the adagietto is limpidly beautiful, even allowing the listener to forget just how hackneyed this piece has become. © 2015 Classical CD Choice Read complete review



Hank Zauderer
My Classical Notes, November 2015

This is an example of the highest level of performance culture combined with a polished and detailed manner of playing. © 2015 My Classical Notes Read complete review



Tim Pfaff
Bay Area Reporter, August 2015

Chailly’s new, live Ninth, with his own Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, is propulsive without feeling driven, pellucid in conception and all-encompassing in execution; visionary without having to lose its mind in the process. No other recorded Ninth in my experience so fully integrates the four movements, which can feel like four countries on the same continent that share linguistic roots but not vocabularies. Chailly offers sense and sensitivity. © 2015 Bay Area Reporter




Rob Cowan
Gramophone, February 2015

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 9 (Chailly) (NTSC) ACC-20299
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 9 (Chailly) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10299

A moving, powerful Mahler Ninth from one of today’s leading conductor/ensemble relationships. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Chris Morgan
Scene Magazine, December 2014

…an immaculately rendered musical offering performed by the venerable Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig under the direction of conductor Riccardo Chailly. The refinement of the orchestra’s collective technique, their shared artistic fervour and attention to detail gives them a unique and unmatched sound perfectly suited to Mahler’s score. Well-composed camera shots and impeccably engineered live audio lend viewers a palpable sense of being in room with the orchestra. Throughout, Chailly seems less like a conductor and more like a conduit, a medium channeling the primal power of Mahler’s affecting work. Recommended. © 2014 Scene Magazine Read complete review



David Nice
BBC Music Magazine, December 2014

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Right from the way Chailly flecks the short note of the cellos’ opening arrhythmia, there’s a superhuman level of detail and textures, much of which sounds new to me.

All the woodwind [players] deserve their bows… © 2014 BBC Music Magazine



Bruce Surtees
The WholeNote, December 2014

This is a brilliant performance, exceptional on every level, and deserves to be heard and reheard. © 2014 The WholeNote Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, November 2014

Riccardo Chailly’s account of the first three movements of Mahler’s last symphony is dramatic, full of energy, with nightmarish thoughts, while the Adagio is extremely moving. The Gewandhaus Orchestra is playing with searing intensity. A great performance, superbly recorded. © 2014 Pizzicato



Infodad.com, November 2014

The Ninth, Mahler’s last completed symphony, gets a committed, strongly emotive performance from Chailly, and the orchestra plays the music with strength and the utmost commitment. Chailly’s very understanding, very well-played performance and his interesting discussion of the symphony may make this a worthwhile acquisition for Mahler lovers… © 2014 Infodad.com Read complete review



Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, October 2014

This new Mahler Nine is a magnificent concept of this powerful work, beautifully played…Mahler lovers surely will wish to investigate this superb new release…Audio and video are state-of-the art. A terrific DVD, highly recommended. © 2014 ClassicalCDReview.com Read complete review





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