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Sym 9 Import

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  • Audio CD (March 3 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00000613T
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
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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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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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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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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".
Scherzo (Im tempo eines... etc.) is grim and fun as it should be and the very difficult Rondo-Burleske is extremly well played.
My only doubt is last movement (Adagio) but it is def. NOT bad at all. Maybe its lack a bit of contrasts here and there but that manner doesnt ruin this disc... not at all and string section do a wonderful piece of art (music) with it (even if I like RCO Amsterdam string section and sound better overall).
There is a lot of good Mahler no.9 out there but my advice is that you get this one as a first choise because of Boulez handle Mahler not as a "primal scream" therapy but as one of the greatest composers ever.
Anyway... you cant def. NOT go wrong with this one and sound is excellent.
Boulez has done a good Mahler AGAIN and Chicago do this better than I thought they could do and this is a pleasent surprise... or surprise... Boulez know (his?) Chicago so well and mayby thats it?
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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! It's an amazing reading. Boulez' motive is so enlightened by care and love, his Mahler really comes like nothing else before it. I say no matter your experience with Mahler, listen to these recordings of the Symphonies by Boulez - even the CSO seems to extend itself. What a clement musician Boulez is! He sets those opening chords to splash and be plain until almost a kind of humming seems achieved, so indifferent is he to everything but the most transparent witnessing of the score. It's an extraordinary idea. This is musicianship to admire forever, courageous and operating in high country in these Mahler recordings. The last movement here is as harrowing as the first is emotional! And the DG sonics are part of the wonderful story! Get this recording! After the experience, you'll seek no other Mahler 9 for some long time.
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