Magazine article Gramophone

Mahler's Symphony No 7

Magazine article Gramophone

Mahler's Symphony No 7

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Three recordings that came before Gustavo Dudamel's--and how Gramophone rated them

JUNE 1966

Mahler Symphony No 7

New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein

CBS [LP] SBRG72427/8

(two 12in * 64s 6d)

This is a great Mahler issue, beyond any doubt: it brings the Seventh Symphony vividly into focus for the first time--in my experience, at any rate. This recording of it by Bernstein, like his recent London performance of it with the LSO at the Royal Festival Hall, has revealed it clearly as Mahler's 'fantastic' symphony; or rather, since all the Mahler symphonies must be reckoned supremely fantastic, a better description of it might be 'Mahler's mad, mad, mad, mad symphony'. Deryck Cooke

MARCH 1985

Mahler Symphony No 7

Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Claudio Abbado

DG (F) (2) 413 773-2GH2

Abbado's view of Mahler's Seventh Symphony is judicious and clear-sighted. The playing of the Chicago Symphony is exceptionally refined, free of all inadvertent exaggeration and histrionic display. Aided by a clean acoustic and poised, clearly projected solo playing in the orchestra, the most intimate details of Mahler's huge score seem effortlessly to carry. …

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