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Fantastic sound, but…
This is one of the best reproductions of an orchestra sonically that I’ve ever heard. It’s cut at a low level, but once you boost the volume— Wow! Unfortunately, the performance is somewhat less spectacular. It is rushed throughout. The Boston Symphony, of course plays wonderfully, but the gravity of the work is lost along with the fast tempos.
Steinberg rarely disappoints. This is a completely convincing interpretation from beginning to end. The powerful impetus propels the music forward, and the listener has no choice but to follow along. What a contrast to the many yawning performances that make the symphony seem way too long. Also seems to be a new addition to Steinberg's recorded repertoire. Sound is decent but not great. Still, cannot recommend highly enough.
Five stars for the sound. Three stars for the performance.
Thanks to HDTT for seeking this out and to Mr. Johnsen for making it available. The sound is typically outstanding. That said, I find Steinberg's conducting of this symphony to be distractingly mechanical and lacking the rhythmic pulse necessary to propel it forward in a musical way.
Title: Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 6 in A minor ("Tragic")
Artist(s): Conductor - William Steinberg
Orchestra - Boston Symphony Orchestra
Recording Info: Performed October 16, 1971, at Boston Symphony Hall
This recording was made possible from the music archives of Clark Johnsen
1 Allegro energico, ma non troppo 16:45
2 Scherzo. Wuchtig 12:46
3 Andante moderato 11:25
4 Finale: Allegro moderato 25:46