Mahler: Symphony No. 6

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COMPOSERS: Mahler
LABELS: Decca
WORKS: Symphony No. 6
PERFORMER: Chicago SO/Georg Solti
CATALOGUE NO: 425 040-2 ADD (1970)
This is Solti at his most brusque and unrelenting, responding to the symphony’s frequent mood swings with a casualness bordering on insensitivity. Characterisation of the musical ideas themselves is weak, orchestral playing rough-edged, and the hectic dashes through first movement and finale, far from tightening up the arguments, serve only to diffuse them. False economy, even on a single mid-price CD. Antony Bye

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