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Mahler: Symphony No. 4 - Haitink

Mahler: Symphony No. 4 - Haitink

RCO live  RCO 07003

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Classical - Orchestral


Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G major

Christine Schäfer (soprano)
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Bernard Haitink (conductor)


A jubilee concert was held on 7th November 2006 to mark the 50th anniversary of Bernard Haitink's first appearance with the Concertgebouw Orchestra; this recording of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony commemorates the festive occasion.

Recorded live at Concertgebouw Amsterdam on 7 November 2006.

A jubilee concert was held on 7th November 2006 to mark the 50th anniversary of Bernard Haitink's first appearance with the Concertgebouw Orchestra; this recording of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony commemorates the festive occasion.

Bernard Haitink was born in Amsterdam and studied conducting with Felix Hupka and Ferdinand Leitner. He was apointed chief conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1959 and held that position until 1988.The orchestra grew and developed under Haitink's leadership; his performances of Mahler, Bruckner and the French repertoire were acclaimed throughout the world. He conducted the Concertgebouw Orchestra on many international tours and also made a series of legendary recordings with them that won many international awards.

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Recorded live on 7 November, 2006 at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Producer, recording engineer and editor: Everett Porter

Assistant engineers: Carl Schuurbiers, Daan van Aalst, Mario Nozza

Recording facility: Polyhymnia International B.V. / Eurosound Mobile

Microphones: DPA4006 with Polyhymnia custom electronics DSD

DSD recording with EMM Labs AD and DA converters

Editing and mixing: Merging Technologies Pyramix

Monitored on B&W Nautilus loudspeakers
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Review by John Broggio - January 22, 2009

A wonderful release of a special concert.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of their first collaboration together, Haitink directs a superb performance from all concerned. By comparison with Mahler: Symphony No. 4 - Nott, the Concertgebouw are clearly more refined and a bit more extrovert as players, pointing everything just that little bit more - fortunately, Haitink steers them away from obsessive behaviour and the details are placed well within the context of the phrases. Everything has a natural feeling to it that must surely stem from having worked together over such a long period; indeed the variety of tone from the strings in particular is very special. No matter what the price of admission, no-one would have complained at this concert. Despite being about 1 minute faster than Nott in the great slow movement, Haitink manages to give the impression of greater tranquillity although there is an innocence that isn't quite found compared to Nott. Christine Schäfer is the radiant soprano soloist and she compares well to Nott's Erdmann.

This is a document of what was clearly a very special event and one would be loath to part from it willingly; however for those starting afresh, Nott edges in front especially because of being taped in studio conditions. The sound is good, as is usually the case from RCO Live. Due to it emanating from one concert only, with no patching at all, the restlessness of the audience at the start of the finale rules this disc out as a first choice as one quickly tires of this "feature" upon repetition and also makes it impossible to rate sonically. The applause is included after a tasteful pause (it is not tracked separately).

Recommended to supplement Nott's magnificent reading.

Copyright © 2009 John Broggio and HRAudio.net

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