Mahler: Symphony No 6

  • Catalogue Number LSO0661
    UPC 822231166122

    James Mallinson producer
    Neil Hutchinson and Jonathan Stokes for Classic Sound Ltd balance engineers

    Recorded November 2007, Barbican, London

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

  • Editor's Choice '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.' Gramophone

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    Disc of the Month '‘A thrilling Ghost Train Ride in three dimensional sound splendour’ Fono Forum

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    The Want List 2008 Fanfare

    Classical Editors Favourites for 2008 All Music Guide

    '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 masterpeice.' International Record 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

    Artistic Quality 9 Sound Quality 9 '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.'

    Best of the Year Discs 2008 'The Finale is Gergiev's masterpiece ... All concerned play their hearts out. The hi-res sound engineering is superb.'
    Audiophile Audition

    ‘If a conductor and a piece of music can ever be said to be perfectly matched, then Valery Gergiev is ideally suited to direct Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 6… This is a spectacular performance that is marvellously suited to the state-of-the-art technology employed in LSO Live's releases, and the multichannel hybrid SACD format gives the music outstanding sound quality. This superb recording is highly recommended as one of the best of the year.’
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Valery Gergiev, London Symphony Orchestra

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.

Composer   Mahler
Conductor   Valery Gergiev
Performers   London Symphony Orchestra

Track list
1. Symphony No 6 in A Minor: I. Allegro Energico, Ma Non Troppo
2. Symphony No 6 in A Minor: II. Andante Moderato
3. Symphony No 6 in A Minor: III. Scherzo: Wuchtig
4. Symphony No 6 in A Minor: IV. Finale: Allegro Moderato

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