Mahler: Symphony No. 9

COMPOSERS: Mahler
LABELS: BBCL
ALBUM TITLE: Mahler
WORKS: Symphony No. 9
PERFORMER: BBC SO/ Bruno Madera
CATALOGUE NO: BBCL 4179-2
An obvious partner and contrast to Goodhall’s Bruckner is Mahler Sympony No. 9 by the same orchestra under Bruno Maderna in 1971. A modernist composer, Maderna finds all the forward-looking elements in this rending work, producing a performance of almost unendurable intensity to rank with Walter and Klemperer, but from a much more radical perspective than theirs. The two middle movements, full of irony and malice, are framed by Mahler’s greatest single movement, the first and his most poignant score of farewell, which Madera doesn’t linger over but also in no way short-changes.

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