Mahler Symphony No. 7 in E minor (2018)

Mahler

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Mariss Jansons

‘In art, as in life, I rely entirely on spontaneity. Were I obliged or compelled to compose, I know for sure that I wouldn’t be able to put a single note to paper.’ As was his wont, Gustav Mahler withdrew from his busy life as a conductor to compose in the summer of 1905. (...)

The Seventh Symphony was the final work in which Mahler led the Concertgebouw Orchestra. After a walk along the beach near Scheveningen, the composer is said to have sighed, ‘What an ugly place this is! I’ve no wish ever to return here.’ Alma would later donate Mahler’s handwritten score to Willem Mengelberg, a relic which to this day is still in the possession of the Concertgebouw.

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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is lauded by the most authoritative international critics as one of the world’s greatest orchestras. Known for its unique sound and stylistic flexibility, it has worked with all the leading composers and conductors. Indeed, such composers as Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss and Igor Stravinsky conducted the orchestra on more than one occasion. Only seven chief conductors have led the orchestra since it was founded in 1888: Willem Kes, Willem Mengelberg, Eduard van Beinum, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Chailly, Mariss Jansons and – starting in the 2016–17 season – Daniele Gatti. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Academy provides instruction in orchestral playing to young, talented musicians. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra undertook an extensive world tour in 2013 on the occasion of its 125th anniversary. Her Royal Highness Queen Máxima is the orchestra’s patron.

photo by Anne Dokter (from Press Photos on Artist Website)

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Mahler Symphony No. 7 in E minor (2018)

Mahler

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

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I've listened to the stereo DSD128 download from NativeDSD. As expected, the sonic virtues detected in the 16-bit version are even more apparent here. Indeed, Polyhymnia's recording, one of the finest I've heard in ages, is the perfect complement to this remarkable performance. Huzzahs all round!

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Mahler Symphony No. 7 in E minor (2018)

Mahler

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Digital Converters: Merging Horus AD converters
Microphones: Neumann en Schoeps with Polyhymnia custom electronics
Producer: Everett Porter
Recording Engineer: Everett Porter
Recording Software: Merging Technologies Pyramix
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD
Speakers: Grimm Audio LS1 and B&W Nautilus speakers

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Langsam - Allegro risoluto, ma non troppo
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Nachtmusik. Allegro moderato
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Scherzo. Schattenhaft
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Nachtmusik. Andante amoroso
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Rondo-Finale. Allegro ordinario
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