Mariss Jansons, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Dorothea Röschmann – Mahler: Symphony No. 4 (2015)
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 55:58 minutes | Digital Booklet | 2,51 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Digital Booklet | 957 MB
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra has enjoyed a very special relationship with Gustav Mahler; with this live release, recorded in February 2015, Mariss Jansons and the RCO add an impressive chapter to their recorded history of Mahler symphonies. Acclaimed German soprano Dorothea Röschmann joins the RCO on the work’s fourth movement.
Continuing his Mahler cycle on RCO Live, Mariss Jansons turns in a euphoric reading of the brightest of the symphonies, the Symphony No. 4 in G major. The joyous melodies, playful thematic development, and bright orchestration have made this one of the most popular of Mahler’s symphonies, and Jansons and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra deliver a buoyant interpretation that sparkles in this hybrid SACD from the orchestra’s own label. The orchestral movements are infused with a lilting charm that evokes the Classical past as well as the opulence of the belle époque, and the ensemble clearly enjoys playing with a gemutlich tone and carefully controlled rubato. Joined by soprano Dorothea Röschmann in the finale, Jansons and the musicians paint a vivid impression of a child’s idea of heaven, and the conductor keeps the music light and ethereal, reflecting the beatific visions in the text. This is one of the most cogent of Jansons’ Mahler performances, and it is a definite high point in this acclaimed series.
01. Gustav Mahler Symphony No.4 in G major – Bedächtig. Nicht eilen – Recht gemächlich
02. Gustav Mahler Symphony No.4 in G major – In gemächlicher Bewegung. Ohne Hast
03. Gustav Mahler Symphony No.4 in G major – Ruhevoll (poco adagio)
04. Gustav Mahler Symphony No.4 in G major – Sehr behaglich
Recorded Live at Concertgebouw Amsterdam on 11 and 12 February 2015.
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Mariss Jansons – conductor
Dorothea Röschmann – soprano