MAHLER Symphonie No. 3 Bernstein

GUSTAV MAHLER

Symphonie No. 3
Christa Ludwig
New York Choral Artists
Brooklyn Boys Chorus
New York Philharmonic
Leonard Bernstein
Int. Release 06 Apr. 1989
2 CDs / Download
CD DDD 0289 427 3282 7 GH 2


Track List

CD 1: Mahler: Symphony No.3

Gustav Mahler (1860 - 1911)
Symphony No.3 in D minor

Part 1

Part 2

New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein

Total Playing Time 1:03:55

CD 2: Mahler: Symphony No.3

Gustav Mahler (1860 - 1911)
Symphony No.3 in D minor

Part 2

Christa Ludwig, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein

New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein

Christa Ludwig, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein, New York Choral Artists, Brooklyn Boys Chorus, Joseph Flummerfelt, James McCarthy

New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein

Total Playing Time 41:39

Mahler's Third Symphony is one of my favourite pieces, especially when conducted by Leonard Bernstein, who seems to own the work. The last movement is overwhelming -- it takes me to another dimension.

I have regarded Bernstein's handling of the last movement alone -- that majestic D major hymn to life and love -- as the model against which all others must be measured. The courageous breadth of line (only Abbado on DG has since taken a comparable overview), the sustained intensity, the nobility, the inwardness -- this is quite simply one of the finest pieces of Mahler conducting . . . Remarkable, too, is the orchestra that makes it all possible: the New York Philharmonic . . . [the "animal" frolics of the third movement scherzo] are boldly characterized, Bernstein and his uninhibited New Yorkers revelling in the rough and ready polka rhythms and raucous bird calls. The magical post-horn obbligato of Mahler's second trio is as far-off and misty-eyed as it is possible to be without actually blurring clarity; perfect . . . Bernstein's Mahler Third is special -- and that cannot be overstressed.