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Mahler: Symphony No 9 – LSO Live

Mahler: Symphony No 9

  • Catalogue Number LSO0668
    UPC 822231166825

    James Mallinson producer
    Jonathan Stokes for Classic Sound Ltd balance engineer
    Jonathan Stokes and Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd audio editors

    Recorded live at the Barbican on 2 and 3 March 2011

    DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording
    Notes in English / en français / auf Deutsch

  • International Record Review’s Outstanding Recording
    ‘The LSO’s playing is inspirational, both individually and corporately seemingly at one with its great conductor, virtually beyond criticism … Nothing can detract from the excellence of this disc: it is quite outstanding in every respect, a very fine conclusion to a most worthwhile integral series of performances and recordings.’

    ResMusica’s La Clef
    ‘We could listen to this recording over and over again with great satisfaction … one of the most pertinent versions on disc.’

    ‘The inner movements bristle with existential alarm, and the exhausted collapse at the height of the Rondo Burleske is particularly well done … superbly played.’
    The Guardian

    ‘This final instalment is outstanding. Perfectly paced … the London Symphony are in superb form, the engineers producing stunning sound in the wide mood swings.’
    The Yorkshire Post

    ‘Valery Gergiev closes his Mahler symphony cycle with a skillful, often moving account of the Ninth Symphony … The horn playing is magnificent and Gergiev rises to the challenge of the final pages, finding the right mix of subdued melancholy and wistful solace with a barely audible thread of sound at the coda ....This is intelligent and sensitively wrought Mahler with terrific playing by the LSO.’
    The Classical Review

    ‘[Gergiev’s] Mahler [is] intense, thrilling, enlightening and refreshing… rarely do you hear music-making and orchestral playing of such a high order.’
    American Record Guide


Valery Gergiev, London Symphony Orchestra

Mahler wrote his Ninth Symphony during a time of great personal suffering and heartache. This is reflected in the music, at times manic and fierce, at others delicate and serene, as it explores many emotions and ultimately concludes with the heart-stopping coda of the Adagio, seemingly conveying the composer’s acceptance of his own mortality.

Composer   Mahler
Conductor   Valery Gergiev
Performers   London Symphony Orchestra

Track list
1. Symphony No 9: I. Andante comodo
2. Symphony No 9: II. Im Tempio eines gemaechlichen Laendlers. Etwas taeppisch und sehr derb
3. Symphony No 9: III. Rondo - Burleske: Allergro assai. Sehr trotzig
4. Symphony No 9: IV. Adagio. Sehr langsam und noch zurueckhaltend

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