Mahler - Symphony No.6 | LPO LPO0038

Mahler - Symphony No.6


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Label: LPO

Cat No: LPO0038

Barcode: 0854990001383

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 1st June 2009



London Philharmonic Orchestra


Klaus Tennstedt


Mahler, Gustav

Symphony no.6 in A minor


London Philharmonic Orchestra


Klaus Tennstedt


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. This is both an extrovert and expansive reading of Mahler 6, resulting in an engrossing recording. Extrovert from the perspective that it is a performance of extremes. In the first movement the slow tempi are particularly slow, but despite the exaggerated ritardandos the Orchestra sustains Tennstedt's wants beautifully, never allowing the tension to stall.

Recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall, London, 22 August 1983 and previously unavailable as a recording.

[The] BBC proms audience stood motionless through the ninety minutes of Tennstedt's 6th, petrified by its intensity.’ - Norman Lebrecht in Maestros, Masterpieces and Madness on this 1983 performance

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