Mahler Symphony No. 6 (2008)

Mahler

London Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev

When Mahler began work on his Sixth Symphony in 1903, he thought about giving it a title: ’The Tragic’. But he had already begun to lose faith in titles, programmes and other literary props, and by the time the symphony was finished, two years later, the name had been dropped for good. But ’tragic’ remains most commentators’ verdict on the emotional content of this work, however much the shading of that interpretation may vary. For the great Mahlerian conductor Bruno Walter, the Sixth was ’bleakly pessimistic … the work ends in hopelessness and the dark night of the soul’. But Mahler’s biographer Michael Kennedy sees something more positive in the symphony’s message: ’It is a tragic work, but it is tragedy on a high plane, classical in conception and execution.’

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London Symphony Orchestra

The LSO was formed in 1904 as London’s first self-governing orchestra and has been resident orchestra at the Barbican since 1982. Valery Gergiev became Principal Conductor in 2007 following in the footsteps of Hans Richter, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Thomas Beecham, André Previn, Claudio Abbado and Michael Tilson Thomas, among others. Sir Colin Davis had previously held the position since 1995 and from 2007 became the LSO’s first President since Leonard Bernstein. The Orchestra gives numerous concerts around the world each year, plus more performances in London than any other orchestra. It is the world’s most recorded symphony orchestra and has appeared on some of the greatest classical recordings and film soundtracks. The LSO also runs LSO Discovery, its ground-breaking education programme that is dedicated to introducing the finest music to young and old alike and lets everyone learn more from the Orchestra’s players. For more information visit lso.co.uk

Valery Gergiev

Valery Gergiev is Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Stars of the White Nights Festival (St Petersburg), the Moscow Easter Festival, the Gergiev Rotterdam Festival, the Mikkeli International Festival, and the Red Sea Festival in Eilat, Israel. His inspired leadership as Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre since 1988 has brought universal acclaim to this legendary institution. Born in Moscow, he studied conducting with Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory, won the Herbert von Karajan Conductors’ Competition aged 24, and made his Mariinsky Opera debut one year later conducting Prokofiev’s War and Peace. In 2003 he led St Petersburg’s 300th anniversary celebrations, and opened the Carnegie Hall season with the Mariinsky Orchestra,the first Russian conductor to do so since Tchaikovsky conducted the Hall’s inaugural concert in 1891. Valery Gergiev’s many awards include a Grammy, the Dmitri Shostakovich Award, the Golden Mask Award, People’s Artist of Russia Award, and France’s Royal Order of the Legion of Honour. His vast discography includes Russian operas, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky Symphonies, and numerous discs on the LSO Live and Mariinsky labels, including a Mahler Symphony cycle, Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Wagner’s Parsifal, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and a disc of Debussy’s music.

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Mahler Symphony No. 6 (2008)

Mahler

London Symphony Orchestra

    Audiophile Audition

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

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    ClassicsToday.com -

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

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    Daily Telegraph

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.

    International Record Review

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.

    Gramophone

'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.'

Mahler Symphony No. 6 (2008)

Mahler

London Symphony Orchestra

Mastering Engineer: Classic Sounds Ltd
Producer: James Mallinson
Recording Engineer: Neil Hutchinson, Jonathan Stokes
Recording location: Barbican London
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Mahler- Symphony No. 6- I. Allegro energico, ma non troppo
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Mahler- Symphony No. 6- II. Andante moderato
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