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Gustav Mahler: Symphonies 3 & 5
Cover G. Mahler Symphonies No. 3 & 5
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Symphony No. 3
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Bavarian State Orchestra
Zubin Mehta

Symphony No. 3
Marjana Lipovsek, alto solo
Vienna Boys' Choir
Women's Chorus of the Vienna Singverein
Symphony No. 3
Recorded live in the Great Hall of the Vienna Musikverein, September 2004

Symphony No. 5
Recorded live at the
Bavarian State Opera,
December 2008

(German, English)
· texts
· libretto
Symphony No. 3
“My symphony will be something that the world has never heard before! The whole of nature finds a voice in it and tells of the kind of profound secrets that might be sensed in a dream! […] Even I myself sometimes have an eerie feeling in certain passages, and it seems to me as if I hadn't written them.” Gustav Mahler

Symphony No. 5
This work also poses a challenge to both audience and musicians in other respects. “The individual parts are so hard to play,” Mahler wrote to his good friend Natalie Bauer-Lechner,“that they really require soloists. Some very bold passages and rhythms just happened to slip into the music because of my precise knowledge of orchestra and instruments." This holds especially true for the solos, of course, with the first few measures for the trumpet being just as dreaded as the horn solo in the Scherzo movement, since they both have to be played without the safety net of an orchestral backing.
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"... The engineers have done a magnificent job in providing a huge symphonic feast for the ears, well balanced and highly detailed. Audiophiles will not be disappointed with this. [...] wonderful to have both works in state-of-the-art surround sonics on a single disk. Recommended!"
classicalcdreview.com, R.E.B., January 2015

"[...] absolutely brilliant surround sound, so pliable and radiantly sensitive that the often murky lower passages come across with a serenely perceptible and gorgeously blended ambiance that has to be heard to be believed. This is a truly magnificent recording. [...] this package is truly outstanding."
audaud.com, Steven Ritter, March 11, 2015

"... The combination of Musikverein acoustics and Blu-ray sound is ravishing; sweet strings, lubricious winds, and stunning brass; timpani and bass drum to knock you off the couch. Surround sound (5.0 DTS HD MA 24bit/96kHz for you techies) is even richer than stereo (2.0 LPCM Stereo 24bit/96kHz). ... I’ve always been skeptical about supposedly revolutionary advances in recording technology; only the LP, reel-to-reel stereo tape, and now Blu-ray audio have rung my chimes. Hear this one!"
Fanfare, James H. North, 6/19/15

"… Mehta draws eloquent expression from the often turbulent motivic activity. In his circumspect interpretation (and with the help of the audiophile multi-channel technology), the complex polyphony of the Fifth is made audible in optimal fashion. … It would not be a bad idea at all if we were to hear more of Mahler, Mehta and Munich. And soon."
Das Orchester (on Mahler 5)

" […] convincingly interpreted. In the ranks of this top ensemble, there are also outstanding soloists for the dreaded wind solos […]"
image hifi (on Mahler 5)

"As far as recording techniques are concerned, this is the best Mahler recording to date […] The spatial and natural sound, […] beats recent recordings of this work by Tilson Thomas and Zander hands down."
Stereo (on Mahler 3)

"… Mehta concentrates this gargantuan opus into one single eternal moment…"
Fono Forum (on Mahler 3)