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Sym 9 [Import]

Gustav Mahler Audio CD
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1. Symphonie No.9: 1. Andante comodo
2. Symphonie No.9: 2. Im Tempo eines gemachlichen Landlers. Etwas tappisch und sehr derb
3. Symphonie No.9: 3. Rondo - Burleske. Allegro assai. Sehr trotzig
4. Symphonie No.9: 4. Adagio. Sehr langsam und noch zuruckhaltend

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J'ai relu une fois de plus la Neuvième Symphonie de Gustav Mahler. Le premier mouvement est la chose la plus merveilleuse qu'il ait écrite. C'est l'expression d'un amour inouï de ce monde, l'aspiration à y vivre en paix, à y savourer la nature jusque dans ses plus intimes profondeurs, avant que la mort ne vienne. Car elle arrive inexorablement.
Voilà ce qu'écrivait Alban Berg quelques années après la création de la Neuvième Symphonie de Mahler, en 1912, à Vienne, par Bruno Walter. Comme dans la dernière symphonie de Tchaïkovski les quatre parties sont encadrées par deux mouvements aux tempos lents. Mahler, qui vient d'apprendre sa grave maladie de coeur, signe là (comme dans le Chant de la Terre, du reste) un bouleversant adieu à vie. À la tête de l'Orchestre symphonique de Chicago, Pierre Boulez unifie de manière magistrale les différences entre les diverses parties de la symphonie, et rapproche le final de la musique minimale de Webern. --Pierre Massé

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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional and unique Dec 4 2005
Format:Audio CD
Maestro Boulez's conducting is pro-modern. Even though Mahler's music is not really a modern, Boulez is demonstrating us Mahler symphony 9 can be approached as modern. That's why this recording sounds less emotional compared to Bernstein's or Karajan's recording.
I love this recording as much as I love Bernstein's recording.
It's a must-have!!!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars karajan's was a far better modern ninth May 7 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
boulez's mahler recordings can and probably should be defended most earnestly.
he rejects mahler as the representative of romanticism in it's last violent death throes and instead looks to mahler as the father to shoenberg, berg, and webern and all that followed.
and, he is correct.
webern and schoenberg both wrote much of mahler and so, boulez has all the ammunition necessary to back him up.
boulez's recordings of the 6th and the 7th are revelations.
that said;
his recordings of both the 5th and the 9th seem (on the surface)to give his critics credence.
in comparing his 9th to karajan's, boulez's recording is an artisitc dissapointment.
karajan too approached mahler from the same view that boulez has.
karajan also rejected the unavoidable pessimism associated with mahler from the romantic's viewpoint and instead saw mahler as the first step to webern.
karajan and boulez also shared this view point in their approach to wagner; cooler toned, transparent and modernism with a vengenace.
but karajan's recording of the ninth bears out weberns claim that the mahler ninth is the most beautifl thing in all of music, where boulez's recording is simply dry.
in approaching the ninth boulez simply overlooked mahler's own description of his music as being 'music of cool spirituality'.
however, the boulez ninth is indeed still one to own.
while his mahler and later debussy lack the razor sharp clarity of his earlier debussy, his attention to detail is still present and his recordings all bear the stamp of this being 'artmusic'. if this is not a perfect example of twentieth century mahler, it is an important one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars first choice April 25 2004
By Liang
Format:Audio CD
Let's go to the point:this one and Abbado 's 1999 Berlin concerto(released in 2002),are both must have,for the very unique quality they own.Actually, i consider them a complemented-relationed set.
Boulez's version is the perfect 'sounding score' (or call it 'score text book')you can ever find in the market.I can hear you laughing, but do you think it's easy to do a recording to make you feel : yes, the tempi is just right, the structure just clear, phrasing just natural,the dynamic-range,logic-accent,the expression,all the details,inner-voices etc..shortly: evey thing is just right in this recording.(VERY probaly: in every recording of Boulez's Mahler cycle)Let the music do the talking, when every thing is rightly in its place, the music of Mahler will shine by itself. Boulez seemas totally unforced,and he is truelly a Maestro.
weakness: the playing is not that good. Don't take me wrong, the playing is very fine,proffesional, and you can hear all those half-million valued instruments thanks to cristal clean 4D recording.
After learning the sounding score of this symphony,you may want to experience it in live. Just try Abbado's last one. The choice of tempi in first movement is little fast,it could even sound a little 'confused',don't worry,you will eventually find out that Abbado's choice is more than reasonable,(i mean: compare to the Boulez's to find out what should be the 'correct structrue',how the climatix should be distributed in sections, etc.) very suitble for Berliners' playing.oh,the Berliner's playing,is, more than beyond beautiful,more than breathtaking...(now you know why i cant enjoy the Chicago's playing) I own 400 classical recordings, no one comes nearly close to this one.
So, buy this one for the natural power of the muisc from Mahler,and later go to Abbado for what the power of the music could be transformed to power of playing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, clean lines and refreshing tempos Nov. 25 2003
Format:Audio CD
I was stunned by the brisk pace of the Rondo when I first heard it. I generally prefer faster tempos in conductors' interpretations of most musicians, but almost thought Boulez was rushing Mahler -- almost.
Further listening said he approached to the edge -- and stopped, precisely, just short.
Otherwise, Boulez's approach to Mahler sounds even more starkly defined here than with some other symphonies. (I have Boulez w/the 6th and 7th.)
This isn't for everyone, but if you want a clean, nonromantic cut, this is it. If you're looking for a better older interpretation, go with Sir John Barbirolli.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mahler symphony 9 June 27 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Though Boulez version is bit mechanical and less emotional, however the control on the orchestra by maestro is superb while every contributions by instruments could be audible properly placed and balanced. Comparatively to those over-lush interpretation, Boulez version stand as a better choice. However my favourites are still Karajan 1980 and 1981 recordings which, though both depicts different levels of emotion and mood, are entirely enjoyable (I gave 5 stars). Another favourite is Abbado's 2002 recording with Berlin which also earn 5 stars from myself. The Berlin's violins under Abbado are so expressive, captivating most beautiful (especially in the 1st movement and the last movement), I rate it the best among them all. There is another live recording that worth a try to listen to. It is performed by Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rudolf Barshai. The recording is under BIS label (BIS-CD-632). The recording is crystal clear and real.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
What a waste of money. I'm as big a CSO fan there is, but not even they can rescue Boulez's stale conducting. Read more
Published on June 3 2003 by J. Kim
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Performance.....Sounds a little cold
I agree with another reviewer that the technical merits of this performance are hindered by some lack of urgency. Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2003 by W. Crone
5.0 out of 5 stars Purposeful
I very much enjoy what conductor Pierre Boulez brings to any Mahler party. I feel that his penchant for technical precision reigns in Mahler's slightly schizophrenic, stream of... Read more
Published on May 26 2002 by D. Seymour
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good Boulez/Mahler
Overall this is a very good performed Mahler no.9
Highlight is def. the Andante comodo I find very moving, sensitive played, conducted so forget about Boulez as "cold". Read more
Published on May 3 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars mahler mahler!...
Like a miner, Boulez finds the Inner symphony, the one hanging on inside lines, and leads Mahler to new light -and he lets the horns ride like sultans in the Andante! Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2002 by J. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Allow the Music to Speak for Itself
I have been waiting all my life for a performance of Mahler's Ninth such as this. The "over-interpretation" of Mahler is a sticky argument that we could spend the rest... Read more
Published on Dec 16 2001 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A great performance, but not for everyone.
If you appreciate the Mahler 9th primarily as a musical experience, you will love this performance. If you approach Mahler for vicarious primal-scream therapy, as so many do, then... Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2001 by Richard Branyan
5.0 out of 5 stars Mahler's Last Full Statement
In this recording of Mahler's 9th Symphony, I find two things of great significance. First is the fact that it is performed at a tempo just barely fast enough to fit onto one CD. Read more
Published on Oct. 20 2000 by Trevor Gillespie
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