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Stephen D. Chakwin Jr
American Record Guide, January 2015

The playing is very accomplished, and so is the sound. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Huntley Dent
Fanfare, January 2015

The Gürzenich Orchestra plays well, Stenz achieves excellent ensemble and balances, and the recorded sound captures everything fully and realistically. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

José Luis Bermúdez
Classical Net, December 2014

Stenz and the Gürzenich-Orchester deliver a very powerful rendition that is deeply elegiac.

…[this] recording is good and certainly to be recommended. © 2014 Classical Net Read complete review

Mel Martin
Audiophile Audition, October 2014

…the performance is expressive and flawless. Highly recommended! © 2014 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

Blair Sanderson, September 2014

Concluding their excellent audiophile cycle of the symphonies of Gustav Mahler, Markus Stenz and the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln present the Symphony No 9 in D major and the Adagio from the unfinished Symphony No 10 in F sharp major. …each recording has been a major achievement for these artists, and each subsequent SACD has proved to be better than the last. Considering their growing mastery of Mahler in six years, Stenz and his musicians have developed skills at an extraordinary rate, and their performance of the Ninth is one of their finest efforts. Stenz…brings this work to a radiant conclusion that matches virtually any great performance that can be named. © 2014 Read complete review

BBC Music Magazine, September 2014

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 6 (Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra, Stenz) OC651
MAHLER, G.: Symphonies Nos. 9 and 10 (Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra, Stenz) OC654

Everything we’ve come to expect from previous instalments reaches its apotheosis with these works. They may have been recorded in a studio but there’s still the same vividness and tendency to let each instrumental department shine.

Most of Stenz’s tempo changes feel perfectly right. There’s a very clear and emotionally rich path to the climax of the Sixth’s great Andante, placed second; and the billowing at Nicht schleppen, usually taken as a cue to speed, sounds perfect. Stenz also negotiates very clear and easy distinctions between the different paces of Mahler’s two most complex scherzos; the three strains of the Ninth’s part clumsy, part demonic-peasant landier have never been better delineated. © 2014 BBC Music Magazine, August 2014

There is nothing disappointing in Stenz’s handling of Mahler’s Ninth: this conductor has shown throughout the cycle that he fully understands Mahler’s thematic and emotional contrasts, his use of gigantic orchestras to achieve chamber-music clarity of specific sections or instruments as well as to produce overwhelming scenes of thunderous intensity, his technique of mixing complexity and new ideas with a considerable degree of naïveté. © 2014 Read complete review

John Quinn
MusicWeb International, August 2014

This new recording of the Ninth is impressive and anyone who has been collecting the series can rest assured that the final instalment in this Cologne cycle will not disappoint. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Graham Williams, August 2014


Those who have enjoyed any of the earlier releases in this cycle will need no urging to acquire this one—two deeply satisfying accounts of Mahler’s final symphonic outpourings that maintain the consistently high standard in both performance and recorded sound of their predecessors.

Warmly recommended. © 2014 Read complete review

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