Composer: Gustav Mahler
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Number of Discs: 1 SACD-R
Bit Depth: 64(2.8 MHz/1 Bit)
Number of channels: 5.0, 2.0
Label: Columbia / Sony Music
Size: 4.18 GB
Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G Major
02. 2.Satz:In gemachlicher Bewegung. Ohne Hast
03. 3.Satz:Ruhevoll(Poco adagio)
04. 4.Satz:Sehr behaglich
Leonard Bernstein’s first complete cycle of the Mahler symphonies, in the Japanese stereo/multichannel releases of what were originally 3-channel recordings.
Mahler’s 4th Symphony is the final one of the Wunderhorn symphonies, three works based in part on the series of poems Das Knaben Wunderhorn, some of which Mahler had already adapted into lieder. The final movement of the 4th is a repurposing of what was originally meant to be the final (7th) movement of the Third Symphony, with the theme of “What Heaven Tells Me.” That movement remains one of Mahler’s most popular vocal compositions. The rest of the symphony is surprisingly conventional in scale, and is best known otherwise for its use of sleigh bells in the first movement.
For those who want to keep their Mahler Symphonies straight, a helpful guide.
If you want Bernstein on Mahler, there’s no better place than his televised “Young People’s Concert” on Mahler.
Musicweb has a comprehensive review of the entire cycle in the DSD remastering (but on RBCD)