℗ 2005 San Francisco Symphony

Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (Live)

San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas

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Symphony No. 1 in D Major  
I. Langsam. Schleppend [Slow. Dragging]
Gustav Mahler; San Francisco Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas
II. Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell [With powerful movement, but not too fast]
Gustav Mahler; San Francisco Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas
III. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen [Solemn and measured, without dragging]
Gustav Mahler; San Francisco Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas
IV. Stürmisch bewegt [With violent movement]
Gustav Mahler; San Francisco Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas
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Total Playing Time    56:18
"... fresh and exciting ... Thomas' management of tension throughout is exemplary ... the playing of the San Francisco Symphony also is first class ... an interpretation full of good ideas and ear-catching detail ..."
- ClassicsToday.com

"The playing of the San Francisco Symphony is sharp, alert, colourful and committed. The brass is especially distinguished with attack and depth. The recording does have a wide dynamic range ... among modern recordings this one certainly deserves consideration ..."
- MusicWeb International

This is the second volume in the highly acclaimed, multi-Grammy-winning live Mahler symphony cycle from the San Francisco Symphony, led by noted Mahlerian Michael Tilson Thomas. Containing a powerful and passionate reading of Mahler's Symphony No. 1, recorded during concerts in September 2001, the album captures the live excitement of a conductor-symphony partnership that the Los Angeles Times has declared "the most exciting Mahler combination anywhere right now."

"The First Symphony shows Mahler at his most characteristic and vulnerable, for here he makes an enormous symphony out of the sonic stuff we all know from our lives. He uses bird calls, the sounds of military bands, folk, salon and cabaret music. He evokes the sound of voices singing, whispering, humming and shrieking: all things we recognize as part of the range of human experience. Mahler was like a cinematographer in music, creating enormous soundscapes that include everything we know of life."
- Michael Tilson Thomas
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – San Francisco Symphony Studio Masters

Producer: Andreas Neubronner
Balance engineer: Peter Laenger
Tape operator: Andreas Ruge
Editing, remixing and mastering: Andreas Ruge, Andreas Neubronner
Technical assistance: Jack Vad
Art direction and design: Alan Trugman
Cover photo: Susan Schelling
Inside cover photo: Terrence McCarthy
Mahler photo: Metropolitan Opera Archives
Editorial: Larry Rothe
Publisher: Critical Edition C.F. Kahnt

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