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Classical: New Releases: Mahler: Symphony No 1,

The Sunday Times, January 22, 2006

Classical: New Releases: Mahler: Symphony No 1, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
PAUL DRIVER
MAHLER Symphony No 1, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Christopher Maltman (baritone), Philharmonia Orchestra, cond Benjamin Zander
Telarc 2CD-80628

On the bonus disc accompanying these stirring performances, Zander talks about the two works with a cultivated communicativeness that struck me as positively heroic a rebuttal of those for whom musical specifics have to be instantly dumbed down. He makes the lovely point that the ethereal seven-octave A that opens the symphony has been there since the beginning of time. "It is the tuning of the universe. It's as if... God turns up the volume just a tiny bit." He convincingly explains why he omits the first-movement repeat. His reading of the whole work and of the associated songs is simply magnificent. Four stars




   


 
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