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Tilson Thomas: Mahler – Symphony no.3, Kindertotenlieder (24/96 FLAC)

Tilson Thomas: Mahler - Symphony no.3, Kindertotenlieder (24/96 FLAC)

Tilson Thomas: Mahler – Symphony no.3, Kindertotenlieder (24/96 FLAC)

Composer: Gustav Mahler
Performer: Michelle DeYoung, San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Pacific Boychoir
Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: SFS Media
Catalogue: SFS0045
Release: 2011
Size: 2.24 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: cover

Symphony No. 3
01. I. Part I – Kräftig, entschieden
02. II. Part II – Tempo di menuetto. Sehr mässig
03 .III. Part II – Comodo. Scherzando. Ohne Hast
04. IV. Part II – Sehr langsam. Misterioso
05. V. Part II – Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck
06. VI. Part II – Langsam. Ruhevoll. Empfunden

07. Nun will die Sonn’ so hell aufgeh’n
08. Nun seh’ ich wohl
09. Wenn dein Mütterlein tritt zur Tür herein
10. Oft denk’ ich, sie sind nur ausgegangen
11. In diesem Wetter, in diesem Braus

Michael Tilson Thomas’ audiophile recordings of Gustav Mahler’s symphonies have garnered much critical approval, and his SACD of the Symphony No. 3 in D minor and Kindertotenlieder must be counted among the most praiseworthy. Tilson Thomas has long been a leading authority on Mahler’s music, and his deep understanding of his favorite composer goes a long way toward elucidating the complexities and contradictions in this enormous symphony, particularly through his transparent communication with the San Francisco Symphony, which skillfully translates his joyous interpretation into wondrous sound. The martial airs, folk-like melodies, tragic dirges, lyrical meditations, elevated chorales, and ecstatic evocations of nature are all of a piece in this massive work, which conforms to Mahler’s dictum that a symphony should be like the world and embrace everything. Shaping all these incongruous elements so they make sense is Tilson Thomas’ responsibility, and he excels in assigning them their proper places and meanings; with a thorough communication of Mahler’s intentions, he directs the orchestra to create sonorities and effects with an authenticity and liveliness that few groups can match. The more compact and mournful Kindertotenlieder is a perfect foil, insofar as the seriousness of this song cycle provides a sobering balance to the sheer happiness of the symphony. The live recordings have DSD and multichannel sound, so the orchestra, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, and the women’s and children’s choirs receive a fully dimensional sound and clear reproduction that shows them to best advantage.

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