Composer: Gustav Mahler
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Number of Discs: 2 SACD-R
Bit Depth: 64(2.8 MHz/1 Bit)
Number of channels: 5.0, 2.0
Label: Columbia / Sony Music
Size: 6.05 GB
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 7 in E minor
02. 2.Satz:Nachtmusik. Allegro moderato
01. 3.Satz:Scherzo. Schattenhaft
02. 4.Satz:Nachtmusik. Andante amoroso
03. 5.Satz:Rondo – Finale. Tempo I (Allegro ordinario)
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 7th Symphony, the “Song of the Night” as it is sometimes called, is perhaps Mahler’s strangest symphonic work, in five movements with two “nachtmusik” movements as the second and fourth movements, and a brilliant rondo as the last movement where the light finally breaks through. This is not Mahler’s most popular work, but this recording is among the most acclaimed of the recordings out there, so it’s an excellent place to try this work out.
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)