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Mahler: Symphony No 4

Magazine article Gramophone

Mahler: Symphony No 4

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Symphony No 4

Dorothea Roschmann sop

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra / Mariss Jansons

RCO Live [F] [SACD] RC015004 (60' * DDD/DSD * T/t)

Recorded live, February 11 & 12, 2015

With an engagement on disc stretching from the impulsive take of Willem Mengelberg in 1939 (Decca, 4/86) to the more rigidified interpretations of the present day, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra might be thought to own this piece. Indeed, the expert playing and the symbiosis of the ensemble and its hall constitute the chief glories of this latest (edited) live recording on the orchestra's own label.

Erstwhile chief Mariss Jansons contents himself with a temperate, not quite stolid reading which may disappoint those who look for maximal emotional charge or percussive novelty. There's no lack of puckish or querulous woodwind pointing where required and the scherzo's uneasy village fiddle effect is perfectly pitched by the leader of the orchestra. However, it's the subtler aspects, the perfect matching of instrumental entries and the sensual seamlessness of it all, which remain in the memory. The clash of simultaneous speeds in the opening bars is downplayed in the big, warm Concertgebouw acoustic. …

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