- Audio CD (March 17 2008)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Universal Music Group
- ASIN: B000006ONY
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,191 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. I. Allegro Energico, Ma Non Troppo: Heftig, Aber Markig|
|2. II. Scherzo: Wuchtig|
|3. III. Andante Moderato|
|4. IV. Finale: Allegro Moderato|
Yet, Levi is one I come back to time and time again. To wit:
I have yet to hear a better recorded or played M6. The sonics of this recording are superb, ultra nonplus! Although I find the *volume warnings* on the casing to be a little facetious. As for the ASO's playing, it's phenomenal, not a single note is fluffed in this extremely complex symphony. (Read the booklet notes to find out why.)
Interpretatively, Levi's M6 is absolutely proportioned and balanced. He doesn't oddly stretch tempi or anything of the sort. Frankly, I find his finale to well-nigh perfect. And be ready for the final section, because the hammerblows will BLOW YOU AWAY!!! The scherzo is beautifully characterized. The "Altvaterisch" (literally "Old-Fatherish") trios have a slight lift to them that's really plucky and truly harkens one to the image of "children playing" (ref. Alma M.). The Andante is played "just right", neither too fast (ref. Szell), nor too slow (ref. Barbirolli/Bernstein/Rattle).
It's the first movement where some people have a problem with the Levi M6, where I do not. What is it? The Levi M6 omits the exposition repeat of the first movement. No one knows whether this is an interpretative choice of Levi's or just a timing factor (to constrain this music to one disc).
As a member of the Gustav Mahler Discussion Forum, I know that interpolating the expo repeat back into the movement only stretches it out to about 22-minutes, which really wouldn't change the movement interpretatively (at least to my mind).Read more ›