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"... the last movement, with its three fatal hammer blows, is devastating. The Boston Phil...gives the more fully realized performance, utterly gripping, powerful, mysterious, and surprising - the real Mahler. "
"...one of the three greatest Mahler Sixths this reviewer has ever heard."
"Zander's reading ... with fine rhythmic control and married to keen concentration, his is a consistently compelling version..."
"This set joins the Rattle and two Bernstein recordings as the finest on records...The Boston Philharmonic compared favorably with the august Vienna Philharmonic in the voting!...The care with which it was rehearsed was manifest in every bar...The andante is achingly beautiful under Zander's baton...the finale is superb in all respects, imparting its dark message, despair and cataclysmic emotionalism as well as Bernstein and Rattle, but exceeding them, and everyone else for that matter, with the hammerblows...The sonics are terrific, balanced naturally, clear and detailed, with an incredible dynamic range and as accurate an image of a concert hall as I have ever heard...All things considered - performance, sonics and orchestral execution - when I reach for a recording of the Sixth to play for my own pleasure, it will most likely be this one." "
American Record Guide
"The best performance I have yet heard of Mahler's Sixth Symphony."
Paul Driver, The Boston Globe
"This recording counts among the few almost wholly successful accounts of a work one should only be able to hear a few times in a decade."
Classic CD - Michael Tanner
"This is an incredible, absolutely stunning and shattering, performance, in my humble opinion leagues ahead of Bernstein's..."