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Mahler: Symphony No.6

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Product Description Valery Gergiev's eagerly anticipated debut recording for LSO Live is also his first recording of Mahler's music and the first in a complete cycle of the composer's symphonies. Recorded in November 2007 as part of his sensational concert series of the symphonies, Gergiev delivers an intensely emotional account of this pivotal work. Does Mahler's Sixth Symphony foretell the tragedy of his later life, or does it have a more cerebral purpose? Whatever the composer's motives for writing it, tragic it certainly is: driven, bitter and sweet by turns, and ending in devastation - utterly compelling. Review '... It shows how Mahler's neurosis and Gergiev's volatility are ideally matched: this is no plain-sailing excercise in orchestral virtuosity, but a deeply wrought journey of the soul ... The performance as a whole achieves an impressive balance between structure and detail'. -- Daily Telegraph (UK) 'The Finale is Gergiev's masterpiece ... All concerned play their hearts out. The hi-res sound engineering is superb'. Best of the Year Discs 2008 -- Audiophile Audition (USA) 'The massed horns sound magnificent in the finale's battle-cries, and all of the principals tackle their parts with aplomb. It's good to hear this symphony played with the sort of gruff, raw vigor that suits its heroic cast so well'. Artistic Quality 9 Sound Quality 9 -- ClassicsToday.com (USA) 'This is a reading of great intensity, creating a most powerful impact ... a stunning performance of considerable musical belief in the demonstable fact that Mahler's Sixth is a great and original masterpiece'. -- International Record Review (UK) 'it is difficult to resist Valery Gergiev in full flow. He summons such reserves of power and commitment from the LSO that one cannot help but be swept along'. Editor's Choice -- Gramophone June 2008

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LSO and Gergiev - Muy BuenoExcellent, fast paced version of Mahler's sixth. Gergiev's Mahler cycle may be his best achievement so far. This rendition of the sixth is scintillating in every way.The LSO percussion section has supreme command of this score. They accentuate the various mood swings with perfect aplomb and punctuate the fourth movement's tragedy as well as the Berlin phil's with Karajan or the Osaka phil's with Asahina.Gergiev shows a complete mastery of Mahler's scoring. His quicker tempo is a welcome relief from most of the plodding versions being released these days.All of the eeriness and propulsiveness of this great symphony are on display.5Awesome power, profound mystery - GreatThis is a great performance of the Mahler Sixth. Gergiev's approach is one of dynamism and forcing the music ever forward. It is percussive and the marches have fantastic momentum. But, and this is why I so strongly recommend this recording, the mystical interludes in the final movement are just so much more evocative of the transcendental than one finds in the performances by Bernstrein, Eschenbach, Jansons, and Abbado. Their dark power is made possible because of Gergiev's take on the rest of the score. Their stillness reverberates in the overall violence of the massive fourth movementCompaint one - Gergiev orders the movements so that the andante is the second movement. I prefer the more conventional movement of placing the andante third.Complaint two - Bernstrein truly captured the existential horror of the final movement using the brass in the opening section to literally howl with passionate hysteria. Gergiev fails to reach this amazing high.It is for these reasons that I don't give this performance the 5 stars.But, if I had to pick, I would choose the Gergiev, Bernstein and Eschenbach as the three best performances of this work and each are sufficiently different to merit their inclusion in a anyone who loves this music.4Superb Sixth, but with Andante/Scherzo order instead of Scherzo/Andante.I am not a "verified purchaser" but do own the MP3. This is an outstanding M6, in the tradition of Bernstein and Solti in terms of speed. I prefer a fairly fast tempo. It underlines the relentlessness of the symphony, especially in the outer movements and Scherzo. I disagree with putting the Scherzo third instead of the usual second place. Placing the scherzo second psychologically enhances the relentlessness and drive of the "tragic" sixth, with the Andante in third place, giving us a brief albeit melancholy breather before the final destruction of the Hero in the final movement. I am surprised that few reviewers above have noted this nontraditional order, for it makes a big difference in understanding the flow of the "tragic" symphony.4Excellent Performance and Sound at a Ridiculous Price!Very good interpretation, characterized by a predominance of force, yet with a good deal of lyricism when called for, edges this performance more toward the Modern than late Romantic. The LSO's playing leaves little to be desired, and the sound -listening via STAX headphones as I write this- is really excellent. But the real reason that prompted me to write this review is the current price on offer. For a little more than two dollars plus shipping from some of the sellers this is really an incredible bargain for those wanting to get acquainted with this masterpiece, as well as for those like me who have several different performances in their library and who have been listening to it since George Szell's 1960's NY performance.5wonderful mahler 6thI am an avid Mahler fan. I have multiple copies of all of Mahler's symphonies. However, I hardly ever listen to the 6th. Since buying this version of Mahler 6, I can hardly get it out of my disc player. It is very musical in my opinion and just enjoyable to listen to. There is just something about it. I am not one to analyze the tempo or adherence to the score, so this review is very "light" in this manner. If you like Mahler's symphonies and you want something very enjoyable to listen to, I can wholeheartedly recommend the Gergiev 6th.In terms of sonics, it is incredible!!!5Highly recommend buying hereIt was a good experience. The item was sent before the day promesed. C. service very good.I would buy again and I'm very satisfied5The most exciting version of 'Tragische' on recordMahler's Sixth is one of the least-performed symphonies of the great composer. It's not as accessible as 4th or 5th, and not as mind-blowing as 2nd and 8th. But it contains some of the most interesting music ever written along with the most interesting enigma. Why is it named "Tragic"? After all, having been written in 1903-04 it preceeds some of the most tragic events in Mahler's life. In fact, this moniker seems to have originated in Bruno Walter's memoirs, but who would doubt the great conductor? My "theory" is that people like Mahler are so "otherworldly" that they can enter and exit space time continuum as they please... Actually, if you think about it, Albert Einstein unveiled his theory of relativity right around the time the symphony was written, so I may be on to something there.. At any rate, this is the most interesting and puzzling work, and it's a pleasure to come back to over and over.Valeriy Gergiev is a well-known expert in the world of Russian music, most notably - Russian opera. His Kirov (Mariinskiy) accounts of Boris Godunov, Knyaz' Igor, and War & Peace have become standards against which others are measured. But who would've known that only a few years after recording these with Phillips, he would become a bona-fide Mahlerian? Nevertheless, what he does so well with opera - namely that propulsion, swift no-holds-barred action is what makes his Mahler interpretations truly exciting. It really works well, at least, for this enigmatic symphony. He really steps on the gas, stays intense from start to finish, but somehow keeps nimble and in-control. The military-like opening is sinister, yes, but not as heavy "boots-marching". And from then on it's an urgent, but moving and exciting exploration of Mahler's masterpiece. Aside from Claudio Abbado, I can't think of any present-day conductor who can move the action forward so effectively. Granted, he experiments with tempi quite a bit, but the results are very satisfying. LSO responds with marvelous virtuosity and musicality. The soloists are given plenty of room, that's the most surprising thing about this "fast" recording. Overall, this is my current go-to recording of this magnificent symphony. I still won't give up my other favorites, namely Bernstein and Tilson Thomas, but Gergiev is definitely a Mahlerian of the highest caliber, I'll definitely buy more of this cycle.A couple of words about the sound. It can indeed be played on a regular CD player and, of course, on SuperAudio one. The sound is nothings short of spectacular on either. Mahler's music really benefits from powerful, clear, multi-channel sound, I daresay it's almost better than being there in-person (at least no one's caughing next to you). My relatively modest stereo system fills the room with gorgeous spacious sound. The dynamic range is really wide, as it's supposed to be. Excellent job, LSO engineers.5Yeah.Yeah.4Gergiev is a born Mahlerian -- this is one of the great Sixths (and the fastest)An amazing CD out of left field, considering that the conductor is Russian and known mostly for Russian music. The arrival of Valery Gergiev at the LSO was a huge event in 2006-7, and this season London is being treated to "Gergiev's Mahler," a festival of the symphonies. This LSO Live release takes advantage of the hoopla. It's fascinating to see how a newcomer to Mahler(on disc at least) hears the Sixth Sym. differently from his equals. Overall, Gergiev has quite a few original ideas and quickly steps forward as a major Mahlerian.To begin with, he hears the first movement very fast, not just the opening march but the Alma theme as well. A total timing of 21+ min. only partly tells the story. Gergiev strips the music of weight and darkness. His beat is very flexible (unlike Szell, another fast one), and he caresses the line, insofar as anyone can at this speed. Overall he's making it plain that Bernstein's emotionally conflicted Sturm und Drang is not for him. The orchestra rsponds alertly, and after you get over the initial shock, the interpretation justifies itself by its incredible variety and excitement. Now we have the full spectrum of approaches from Barbirolli's fateful tragedy to Gergiev's joyful triumph.Gergiev continues to make a statement in the Andante, which is phrased almost two beats to a bar instead of four. Once again he's served by his natural, flexible beat -- a fixed tempo would have seemed more rushed. Just as important, the LSO, which can sound pretty business-like, gives of itself emotionally. This is a songful reading that surprises with surges of intensity -- one of the very best on disc. Beautiful solo work all around, by the way, and state-of-the-art recorded sound.The Scherzo is quick-paced, too, but the main thing one notices is how much music Gergiev finds from the very first note: color and accents abound. The heavy trudge and biting sarcasm of Bernstein are turned into something like a romp. Gergiev favors sudden ritards and accelerandos, but even people who call that taffy-pulling should be delighted by his natural, witty approach to a movement that so often lands heavily on the heart -- not here.Bernstein revolutionized how listeners hear the finale, with his deliberate pace that took time to dig into the import of every phrase. At 28+ min., Gergiev pulls us into a new conception. It's not so much fast and light as mercurial, as quick flashes of expression dart in and out. That's his overall approach to the symphony, and here more than ever it's a revelation. Hints of Wagner, Strauss, and Brahms abound, hairpin turns of phrase delight and shock us by turns, the whole world feels unstable yet fascinating. To accomplish that with such familiar music is really astonishing. To be frank, it makes recent Sixths from Jansons, Eschenbach, and even Abbado seem rather slow on the uptake.Needless to say, I was bowled over by the CD and am immensely grateful that a born Mahlerian has arrived on the scene, the first since the death of Bernstein fifteen years ago.5Just great Im not new to classical music just never learned ...Just great Im not new to classical music just never learned the names of composers or Conducters.Esp like to listen when in bed and fall aslleep listening to Mahler or other conducters or my Old Standby KUSC Radio Stn Los Angeles.24/7 Classical Music.5
Mahler: Symphony No.6

Mahler: Symphony No.6

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