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Mahler Symphony No. 9

Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen

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Symphony No. 9 in D Major  
I. Andante comodo
Gustav Mahler; Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
II. Im Tempo eines gemächlichen Ländlers. Etwas täppisch und sher derb
Gustav Mahler; Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
III. Rondo-Burleske. Allegro assai. Sehr trotzig
Gustav Mahler; Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
IV. Adagio. Sehr langsam und noch zurückhaltend
Gustav Mahler; Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
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Total Playing Time    77:41
"... a very composerly performance ... forensically clear ..." - Gramophone "No painstaking, hyperemotional lingering for Esa-Pekka Salonen: he propels this symphony with a single-minded, urgent zest for life ... (he) delivers a compelling performance ... a persuasive traversal full of temperament, acuity and apposite contrasts of mood." - International Record Review "Five Stars. Salonen surely does nearly everything that most of us require from a cutting-edge interpreter with plenty to say. His Boulezian ear for balance keeps all the textures phantasmagorically clear ... the Philharmonia brass do heroic work throughout and Salonen’s alertness to the right sonority gives us some moments of supernatural beauty ... no one makes the Festival Hall acoustics sound finer than engineer Jonathan Stokes." - BBC Music Magazine Recorded live in superb audio at the Royal Festival Hall in London in March 2009, Esa-Pekka Salonen draws the best out of the Philharmonia Orchestra on Mahler's final symphony, considered by many to be his greatest. "I very much like the idea of recording this piece live. In fact, the idea of recording that finale in a studio doesn’t feel right. So many of the most celebrated recordings of the piece, Bernstein, Karajan, Bruno Walter in 1938, have been concert recordings. It’s no accident. This is about death and there must be a sense of no return. It’s your only shot. You just do it and live with the results. This is real life and death, not a video game." - Esa-Pekka Salonen
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Signum Classics Studio Masters

Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s royal Festival Hall, London, 28 May 2009 Producer: Misha Donat Engineer: Jonathan Stokes, Classic Sound Ltd Photographs: Richard Haughton Design: Richard Slaney (for the Philharmonia Orchestra) and Andrew Giles

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