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Mahler: Symphony No. 7

The Classical Shop
release date: August 2008

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2008


London Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev


Barbican Centre, London


James Mallinson


Jenni Whiteside

Neil Hutchinson

Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 71:35
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Symphony No. 7 (1904-05)

1 Langsam (Adagio) – Allegro con fuoco 20:47
2 Nachtmusik: Allegro moderato 13:43
3 Scherzo: Schattenhaft 9:07
4 Nachtmusik: Andante amoroso 11:45
5 Rondo-Finale; Allegro ordinario – Allegro moderato ma energico 16:13
 Valery Gergiev
  March 2008 (live recording)  

The Seventh is often regarded as Mahler’s “Cinderella” symphony and, after the tragic theme of the Sixth, proves far more enigmatic. The funereal march of the opening movement gives way to the serene Nachtmusik (night music) movements, and a ghostly scherzo before culminating in a feverishly joyful finale.

Classical Editor’s Favourtie Recordings of 2008

All Music Guide (USA)

"It’s thrillingly played"

The Guardian

"Gergiev and a lively LSO sweep up the finale bells and whistles with exhilarating energy"

The Times

"... there is no denying the brilliance of sound and execution he [Gergiev] obtains from the LSO. Gergiev’s interpretationof this wayward and fascinating symphony is exciting ... he casts quite a spell of lush romanticism"

The Sunday Telegraph

"Right from the start, with those dark, dragging rhythms, there’s a sense that something special is afoot here … Gergiev charts the whole labyrinthine course with thrilling assurance … and the virtuosity and sensitivity of the London Symphony Orchestra – in solo or ensemble writing, or in rich tuttis -= is a continual exhilarating delight. Hand on heart, I can’t think of another recording of this symphony that not only brings so many of its extraordinary features to life, but ultimately balances them so satisfyingly. Thoroughly recommended."
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BBC Music Magazine

"This is a terrific, gripping performance from Gergiev and the LSO of Mahler’s Seventh Symphony, an edge-of-the-seat experience ... he [Gergiev] brings an almost palpable darkness, fear and mystery to the three central movements, giving an impression, in the central scherzo, of hot, tormenting laser lights darting in from all angles, and imbues the outer movements with an almost frenzied momentum."

The Times

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