[ Harmonia Mundi / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 10 May 2019
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Les Siècles has worked from the Budapest, Hamburg and Weimar manuscripts, in close collaboration with Universal Edition, the musicologist Anna Stoll Knecht and Benjamin Garzia, to offer us, on the types of instruments on which it was premiered and for the first time on record, the second version (Hamburg/Weimar 1893-94) of Mahler's First Symphony. Initially presented as a symphonic poem in two parts and five movements entitled 'Titan', this version continually faced severe criticism as it developed. The fascinating reconstruction testifies in many respects to the genius of one of the greatest symphonists of the modern era!
"The recording sticks a feather in the cap of Les Siècles, among the most adaptable and engaging of today's historically informed ensembles formed in the image of their director… I applaud, too, Roth's unabashed commitment to those passages where Mahler himself later had second thoughts - deft and ingenious ones, to be sure, but thinning out its red blood cells in the process.. a required supplement to any decent-size Mahler library." Gramophone
"he references to Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann in Mahler's First only make it sound more revolutionary, and never more so than in this exhilarating account by Roth's brilliant period-instrument band, whose woodwind and brass are playing on Austro-German instruments." Sunday Times
"This is a very fine Mahler recording by François-Xavier Roth. Though the interest may lie in the use of period instruments and his reversion to Mahler's 1893/4 score, I think it's perfectly legitimate also to consider this as a performance of Mahler's First with the addition of 'Blumine'. If you choose to view it from that standpoint then I think it's a very considerable interpretation and performance in its own right....he sound, which is excellent, is completely consistent." MusicWeb Recommended June 2019
"That Les Siecles and conductor Roth have well obeyed Mahler's directives has ample testimony in this fine document, Jiri Heger and his team responsible for the brilliant sonics." AudAud.com