Composer: Gustav Mahler
Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Number of Discs: 1 CD
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Bit Depth: 24bit / 192kHz
Number of channels: 2.0
Label: RCO Live
Size: 2.47 GB
Scan: yes (PDF)
Mariss Jansons & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra / Mahler: Symphony No. 7
Symphony No. 7 in E Minor
01. I. Langsam – Allegro con fuoco
02. II. Nachtmusik. Allegro moderato
03. III. Scherzo. Schattenhaft
04. IV. Nachtmusik. Andante amoroso
05. V. Rondo – Finale
Mariss Jansons’s international reputation as a Mahler conductor is indisputable. During his tenure as chief conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Jansons did not record a full cycle of Mahler symphonies. With this new 2016 recording that project is now nearing completion. Mahler himself led the Concertgebouw Orchestra in the Dutch premiere of the Seventh in October 1909. How must the audience in the Main Hall have reacted to this whimsical work with its night-time atmosphere and eerie sounds? Although this vast symphony, featuring a number of unconventional instruments like the mandolin and guitar, did not catch on right away, it would slowly but surely win the hearts of music lovers everywhere.
It remains the most disjointed of Mahler’s works, yet Jansons and the RCO dispel all doubts with the coherence of the conducting and the excellence of the playing: the brass glorious, the woodwind writing notable for its fine detail.
[This] is his third recording with different bands over the last 20 years, and by some way the best. It is superbly recorded (live in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw) and far more characterful than the others, yet just as technically immaculate as Jansons’ performances always are.