Symphony 8 [Import]
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Mahler - Symphonie No.8
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By CanadaCollector - Published on Amazon.com
This is one of the finest Mahler performances on any media, caught on the wing by Accentus. That everyone performs so well is more miraculous when it is live. The soloists, orchestra, choirs: one can't single out any when all sing or play their hearts out. Anyone who can sit through Alles Vergangliche without knowing one is in the presence of something very special, both from Mahler and these interpreters, must be a dull soul indeed. Buy this; if you have only room for one music DVD, I would nominate this one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Dr. TJ Eckelberg - Published on Amazon.com
This too, like the 2nd, is a phenomenal production. Chailly again is at the top of his craft, and his obvious enthusiasm for the material is infecitous. It is fun to watch him in close up, as his gaze quickly shifts from one section of the orchestra to another, with almost demonic eyes, as he communicates his energy to the players who in turn deliver that energy though their playing. There are some unexpected changes in orchestral personnel that left me saying things like, "That's not the same principle trumpet..." but perhaps they run things differently there than in a typical American orchestra. I just usually expect major sectional players to remain constant. Ultimately these observations are trivial, as again the orchestra is playing with all its might, and the choruses sing with all their souls. Soloists are splendid, with the exception of the tenor, who seems unsure of himself. Granted the part is rediculously difficult, but he does seem a bit out of his league in this setting. A more confident and seasoned German tenor would have yielded more effective results. The opportunities to see Mahler 8 in person are extrememly limited, as the resources necessary to present it are exhausting to muster. This video, with a good stereo system, is surely the next best thing.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By C. P. Scillieri - Published on Amazon.com
I do not know enough about Mahler's music intellectually. But I must admit it that when I listen to Mahler, his music grasps me entirely, be it his lieder or symphonic music. This performance is stunning, I wanted more when it was finished. Go and buy it.
9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By David Smith - Published on Amazon.com
This review is for the standard DVD. It is possible that the blu ray version is better but I was not that impressed with this recording. First, I think it virtually impossible to get the dynamic range and spatial characteristics of this huge work onto a recorded disk and this disk was lacking in both dynamic range and spatial sound resolution. My response to hearing this work in a concert hall was much different -- to use the phrase, "I was blown away." Second I was really bothered by the scene choices of the video director. Whomever it was spent much too much time on close ups. The insides of a soloist's mouth when singing full out, or the sweat and plastered hair on the conductor's forehead would not be my first choice of images, yet variations of those seemed to be the re-occuring shots chosen. Also the scenes shown were of very short duration -- often just a few seconds before there was cut to something else -- I found this distracting and disorienting. I may have enjoyed the program more if I had turned the video off but then I would not have been able to read the sub titles.