LPO–0038
© 2009 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
℗ 2009 BBC
Recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall, London, on 22 August 1983 by BBC Radio 3
Total playing time 83:53
Booklet text in English
ADD Stereo
Released June 2009

CD: Mahler – Symphony No. 6

LPO conducted by Klaus Tennstedt

Mahler Symphony No. 6

Klaus Tennstedt conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra
David Nolan leader

Mahler once remarked to Sibelius 'a symphony must be like the world, it must embrace everything.' His Sixth Symphony is a salient and personal statement, containing musical depictions of his wife and children. It reaches a tragic conclusion in the Finale representing 'the hero, on whom fall three blows of fate, the last of which fells him as a tree is felled.' Klaus Tennstedt’s interpretations of Mahler during his celebrated partnership with the London Philharmonic Orchestra bear testimony to the way Mahler composed his life.

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Reviews

'The combined adrenalin of passion and mounting terror courses through the live event with sustained power and impact. Rarely can Mahler’s epic vision have been presented with such visceral energy and emotional turmoil.'
International Record Review, June 2009

'This live recording of a 1983 performance of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony might not be at the cutting edge of modern digital technology, but musically it sweeps away everything before it. Even compared to their fine studio account for EMI, Tennstedt and the LPO pull out all the stops in a reading that grippingly conveys this searing masterwork’s remorseless journey from nerve-jangling marching to a despairing finale punctuated by hammer-blows of fate.'
Classic FM Magazine, August 2009

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