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Quote from: Jeffrey Smith on October 27, 2016, 07:33:10 PMAnd I kind of liked Klemperer.
Quote from: jessop on October 29, 2016, 09:41:00 PMQuote from: Mirror Image on October 29, 2016, 08:36:41 PMWhat do you think of that performance, Jessop?I hadn't heard it before but it's very good. It is very grand but not quite as grand as Sinopoli's. The thing about this symphony is how much the tempi vary in each interpretation. Chailly takes his time to the most wonderful effect I have heard in the more lyrical subjects in the exposition and recapitulation and the changes tempo are imperceptible, almost like Elliott Carter and his metric modulation. The only thing about this interpretation is that there are times in some of the most heroic or climactic moments of the first movement that it feels a bit restraint. Perhaps because Chailly views things on more of a macro level in terms of the underlying pace of the movement. Personally I think that there could have been a bit more variety in the phrasing in these moments in the work, but the way Chailly builds up from 23:48 to 24:03 is absolutely thrilling. The middle movements are all pretty good to me, but where this interpretation really shines is in the finale where the fast pace is really complemented by wonderful micro-phrasing and really obvious articulations and accents that bring the movement to life. Around the 2nd minute and the 3rd minute of the last movement this is really apparent, with the music always seeming to be moving forwards to the next idea, the next colour, the next mood, in what always sounds logical fashion. The timpani+trumpet combination sound bright and dazzling, and the last couple of minutes (which are my favourite last minutes in any Mahler symphony) have that kind of heightened passion and intensity that I felt was missing at times in the recap/coda of the first movement.
Quote from: Mirror Image on October 29, 2016, 08:36:41 PMWhat do you think of that performance, Jessop?
Quote from: Mirror Image on November 05, 2016, 07:32:04 PMI'm not a huge fan of Rattle's Mahler, but I recall his 7th being particularly good.
Quote from: Marc on October 31, 2016, 10:55:10 AMConcertgebouw Amsterdam, December 25th, 1985.https://www.youtube.com/v/IEoYrRBAGqA
Quote from: PerfectWagnerite on November 06, 2016, 11:13:07 AMIs that with the City of Birmingham SO or is there another one?
Quote from: Tsaraslondon on November 21, 2021, 01:19:40 AMI've never really got on with Mahler's 7th, which is why this disc, given away free with BBC Music Magazine, is the only version I own. It's a decent enough performance, but I should probably acquire another (Chailly or Abbado maybe?).
Quote from: VonStupp on November 21, 2021, 06:35:44 AMYes, of Abbado's with Berlin, I think the 7th is my favorite of his cycle. Otherwise, I have kept Bernstein/NY, Solti/Levine (70's), and Klemperer close at hand.I was very, very surprised a decade or so ago when Gerard Schwarz leading the RLPO gave a strong reading of the 7th. I still find myself coming back to it when I have a Mahler hankering. Perhaps it has been too long since I dipped into the Mahler well; it has been a while.VS
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