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Mahler: Symphony No. 6

Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A Minor

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2010

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master


San Francisco Symphony

Michael Tilson Thomas


Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco


Peter Laenger

Record Label
San Francisco Symphony


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 87:24
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Mahler: Symphony No. 6



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Symphony No. 6 in A Minor

1 I: Allegro energico, ma non troppo. 24:33
2 II: Scherzo: Wuchtig 14:02
3 III: Andante moderato 17:27
4 IV: Finale: Allegro Moderato-Allegro Energico 31:22
 Michael Tilson Thomas

Michael Tilson Thomas conducted Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 at Davies Symphony Hall from May 12th through 14th.
2003 Grammy® Award winner for Best Orchestral Performance!

The SFS and MTT present their first recording of the complete Mahler Symphony cycle. Each of Mahler’s nine symphonies is a drama, and Michael Tilson Thomas is among the foremost interpreters of these episodes. Last fall, the SFS and MTT began their five-season project of recording all the Mahler Symphonies and the Adagio from the unfinished Tenth, live.

The first installment is Symphony No. 6. Sometimes called the "Tragic" Symphony, the Sixth shows Mahler at his most devastating, and many think of this music, first heard in 1906, as a prophecy of the horrors of the century to come. This recording was made at the SFS concerts of September 12-15, 2001, immediately following the events of September 11 and captures a passionate response to that day.

"Michael Tilson Thomas’ frighteningly intense performance of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony with the San Francisco Symphony is the ... real standout among the [Grammy] winners."

The Los Angeles Times

"The cathartic power of music - to howl, to grieve, and ultimately to console - has never seemed so miraculous."

The San Francisco Chronicle

An exciting performance and a good listening experience. In my opinion the first movement is not powerful enough, I would have preferred a grimmer opening. Fortunately the finale makes up for it, it is full of power and excitement with well-judged tempi. All in all, little less than 5 stars, but at least 4 stars :-)
Z Csaszar