Mahler: Symphony No 9 [download]

  • Catalogue Number LSO0668
    UPC 822231166825


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    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

  • 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.’ International Record Review

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

    ‘In Valery Gergiev's monumental version … the shadows are ever there, but void of undue sentiment or heavy-laden despair. The symmetry of this performance is overwhelming: the outer movements mountainous in dimension; the second-movement ländler grounded but vivid; the Rondo-Burleske infused with a spiky sarcasm; but all roads leading to the extraordinarily intense magnitude of the finale and its magical fading away to nothingness.’
    The Scotsman

    ‘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

    ‘It is in the two central movements that Gergiev’s interpretation works best. The opening section of his Ländler is characterised with a surprisingly delicate lightness of touch, while the conductor relishes Mahler’s 'etwas täppisch und sehr derb' marking for the section that follows, with the strings really digging in … The whole effect is one of bracing exhilaration … this final issue (together with Nos. 7 and 8) represents the best of this illuminating and stimulating Mahler cycle.’

    ‘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

    ‘I find his [Gergiev’s] Mahler intense, thrilling, enlightening and refreshing. This new 9th is no exception – a thrilling performance by the LSO and excellent sound … rarely do you hear music-making and orchestral playing of such a high order.’
    American Record Guide

    'Valery Gergiev intenta recuperar una sonoritat originària del prodigiós llenguatge mahlerià, aportant imaginació emocional i versatilitat. La LSO desplega un esplendor i musicalitat d'altíssim nivell en aquesta obra mestra, en la qual es fa palès tant la sensació de dramatisme i desesper com l'acceptació final de la pròpia mortalitat. (Valery Gergiev brings emotion, imagination and versatility in his endeavour to reclaim some original sound of Mahler’s prodigious language. The LSO display unsurpassed talent and brilliance through the interpretation of this masterpiece which features a sense of drama and despair and the eventual acceptation of Mankind’s mortality.)' Monograma


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.

View a video clip from Symphony No 9 Adagio. Sehr langsam und noch zuruckhaltend here

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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