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Chailly’s latest Mahler DVD was filmed in Leipzig in 2012, with an intelligent podium discussion as part of the package. I am usually immune to filmed concerts but, as with previous instalments in this series, the camera illuminates the mechanics of Mahler’s symphonic argument while capturing the thrill of his effects.
The interpretation is brisk and joined-up, with an orchestra in peak form – not least in the Andante, where the Gewandhaus’s golden strings and woodwinds are heard to advantage. All that’s missing is the last ounce of intensity. A little more flexibility of tempo, a greater willingness to go with the moment, would surely have brought the overwhelming sense of catharsis that distinguishes a great Mahler performance.
Symphony No 6
Riccardo Chailly/Leipzig Gewandhaus
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