Mariss Jansons, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra – Mahler: Symphony No.1 (2007)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 54:36 minutes | Digital Booklet | 2,56 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Digital Booklet | 987 MB
Chief conductor Mariss Jansons leads his Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on this live performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, recorded in Amsterdam in 2006. This album has earned Jansons and the RCO great praise for a skillful, energetic and evocative interpretation, called “as good as live performance can get” by BBC Music Magazine.
The two chief reasons to collect live recordings are for the excitement of the performance and for the natural sound quality, which, at its best, can beat many studio recordings for depth and resonance. These desirable conditions are almost met on this 2006 multichannel recording of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in D major, which Mariss Jansons and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra present with energy and clarity on this terrific-sounding SACD. Of course, there are many renditions of this popular work, and with the increasing number of recordings available that employ state-of-the-art technology, it’s not difficult to find a live performance that is as technically polished as this offering from RCO Live. With the exception of some faint humming that can be made out with close listening, there are really no egregious noises to mar it; the orchestra is remarkably clear in all its details, so audiophiles will find that this recording is as fine sounding as any on the market. While Jansons’ interpretation is not especially inspired or provocative, it is at least reliable and committed; though some may feel the emphasis on making every last detail heard in this sonic showcase takes something away from the expression, this is counterbalanced by Jansons’ subtle handling of tempos and phrasing, which keep the music from seeming wooden or artificial.
01. Symphony No. 1 in D Major, “Titan” – Langsam, schleppend (Wie ein Naturlaut) – Im Anfang sehr gemächlich
02. Symphony No. 1 in D Major, “Titan” – Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell – Trio. Recht gemächlich
03. Symphony No. 1 in D Major, “Titan” – Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen
04. Symphony No. 1 in D Major, “Titan” – Stürmisch bewegt
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Mariss Jansons – conductor
Recorded live at Concertgebouw Amsterdam on August 28 & November 17, 2006.