Boulez: Mahler - Symphonie no.3 (APE)
Boulez: Mahler - Symphonie no.3 (APE)

Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Composer: Gustav Mahler
Audio CD
SPARS Code: DDD
Number of Discs: 2
Format: FLAC (tracks+cue)
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Size: 363 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Symphony No. 3 in D minor
Composed by Gustav Mahler
Performed by Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
with Vienna Boys’ Choir, Anne Sofie von Otter
Conducted by Pierre Boulez

CD 01
01. Part 1. Kräftig. Entschieden
02. Part 2. I. Tempo di Menuetto. Sehr mäßig
03. Part 2. II. Comodo. Scherzando. Ohne Hast

CD 02
01. Part 2. III. Sehr langsam, Misterioso. Durchaus ppp, ‘O Mensch! Gib acht!’
02. Part 2. IV. Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck, ‘Bimm bamm! Es sungen drei Engel’
03. Part 2. V. Lansam. Rhuevoll. Empfunden

Mahler 3rd Sound Spectacular

The sound is absolutely gorgeous. Listening on the ole iPod while lying in bed with everything quiet around me and no distractions I’ve heard remarkable details that may have passed by in other recordings, not necessarily because of Boulez famous transparency but simply the quality of sound bringing out so much. As to Boulez’ interpretation I would say it is unbelievably similar to that of Jesus Lobos Corbos and the Cincinnati orchestra. They both seem to be on spot on tempi and dynamics. I find Boulez just as exciting an interpreter as anyone else although he stands back from syrupy portamento in the strings that pulls my heart strings but the strings get pulled anyway. Conducting from the same score one is bound to get similar results. Boulez delivers the sweetness of the skittering strings in the tempo di minuetto with great elan. So much for dryness. A wonderful performance.

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