Mahler: Symphony No. 6 "Tragic" Product Information
3-CD;Orig.+Revised Vers.+Bonus Discussion CD;Benjamin Zander
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Mahler: Symphony No. 6 "Tragic" Album Track Listing
|1||I. Allegro Energico, Ma Non Troppo: Heftig, Aber Markig|
|2||II. Scherzo: Wuchtig|
|3||III. Andante Moderato|
|1||IV. Finale: Allegro Moderato Original Version|
|2||IV. Finale: Allegro Moderato Revised Version|
|1||Benjamin Zander Discusses Mahler's Sixth Symphony|
|2||Benjamin Zander Discusses Mahler's Sixth Symphony|
|3||Benjamin Zander Discusses Mahler's Sixth Symphony|
|4||Benjamin Zander Discusses Mahler's Sixth Symphony|
|5||Benjamin Zander Discusses Mahler's Sixth Symphony|
Mahler: Symphony No. 6 "Tragic" Customer Reviews
||The Ideal Choice|
It's difficult to think of a piece of music that engenders more performance controversy than Mahler's Symphony #6. And because each position in each debate is defended by armies of intelligent and passionate people armed with vast arsenals of historical data and musical eriudition, any performance, live or recorded, is doomed to deeply disappoint some substantial portion of the audience. This package represents a noble attempt to provide any possible listener with every opportunity to enjoy this incredible work. One disc is entirely devoted to a lecture by Benjamin Zander which illuminates the controversies with passages from the symphony (as well as explaining the non-controversial aspects of the work). And while he has a clear preference ("A composer's last thoughts are not always his best thoughts"), Zander provides the listener with complete performances of both the original final movement, with all three hammer-blows and original orchestration, and the revised version with the third blow removed and the orchestration diluted. It goes without saying that this is a more satisfying approach than performing either one or the other, or than performing the movement with the third blow inserted into the revised orchestration. And of course, Zander points out that, with the first three movements all on disc One, sequencing will allow the listener an easy choice between "first Scherzo, then Andante", or the other way around. Overall, while Solti's old recording with the Chicago Symphony still is tops for me, I can't find much to complain about with this one, and this is unquestionably the most generous of them all.
By markemoon13 (Woodstock, Il, USA)
||A rare value!|
This recording captures Mahler's Sixth (my favorite symphony) with a clarity and exuberance that is unmatched by any similar effort in recent years. Zander's insightful commentary disc, though controversial in some parts, is entertaining in itself, lending depth to the listening experience and is far better than reading about the symphony in one of the many books available in print. The sound quality is first-rate, and you need to look no further than the awesome hammerblows in the final movement for proof of this. I almost jumped out of my chair. You get a splendid performance featuring two different versions of the final movement plus the Zander analysis disc for the price on one CD. You won't find better value for your money anywhere. Highly recommended.
By a reviewer (Atlanta, GA, USA)
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Mahler: Symphony No. 6 "Tragic" Product Details
|CD Universe Part number||4938501|
|Release Date||Aug 27, 2002|
|Additional Info||Bonus CD|
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