Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Mahler, Gustav. (1860-1911) The Complete Symphonies. Symphony No 1 in D major, "Titan".

From my collection.
Bought in 2008.
First listen: 11-11-2008.
Second listen: 6-12-2016.
Label: Brilliant. (Licensed from DENON)
CD 1 from 15.
Recording dates: February 28- March 1 1985.
Recording venue: Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany.
Recording engineer: Not mentioned.
Running time: 54:39.
Classical relevance: Very interesting as a interpretation.

Works performed:
See heading.

Works performed by:
Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester-Frankfurt, Eliahu Inbal.

This is by no means your run of the mill performance! Your eyebrows will raise during the whole listening time, and more than once you will be surprised by the stance Inball takes in this work.
To toss a few terms, I would like to say, well behaved, depends on your views if it will challenge you, polite and extremely elegant, really slowish tempi, extremely detailed, and a conductor that will not keep to the score as expected. He does not put a foot wrong, no he puts new shoes on, and walks in an ungainly way through the score. Devoid of emotion as known to man, a cool approach in the most literal way, logical and at times matter of fact. He will not raise or raise your hairs depending of how you like your Mahler. Inspiring as well as dull, adds new things, for instance, no sentimentality, no romantic cluttering throughout, no none of that. Inbal has very clear notions in connection with tempi, phrasing, dynamics and shading. An that might not be everybody's cup of tea. But he clearly marks his territory no doubt about that. He ignores most of the movement markings and runs his own show, contrary of what Mahler would have wished, he sails his own ship against the wind. But in a very polite way. In that sense he is a truly unique conductor. 
And the orchestra follows him closely, Inbal's grip on them, down to every single player is absolute. The recording made by DENON is State of the Art. The soundstage has a depth, that will let your hear even the tiniest sound made. The ambiance is perfectly suited to orchestral works. So you are able to follow the score in every detail. That is a huge bonus. And despite all, I rather like what I hear.


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