Acousense Mahler 6

 

Jonathan Darlington’s live recording of Mahler’s 6th symphony with the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra receives a top ranking by music critic Jens F. Laurson in an exhaustive review of Mahler recordings for the official blog of Washington’s classical music TV and radio station WETA.

 

“Jonathan Darlington and the Duisburg Philharmonic put down a first movement that comes as close to my ideal as any. On the audiophile Acousense label … the Duisburg band puts its foot down from the opening notes achieving a gripping, raw cello sound and enormous forward drive. At almost 23 ½ minutes Darlington is on the slower side of first movements, but his opening sounds—and is—faster than just about anyone else’s. The pace, if not the speed, is kept up throughout… but then slackens a little in the following Andante, one of the slowest on record … The Scherzo and the Finale are ravishing. A terrific performance  well caught in concert.”

 

Mahler 6 Choices
1. Benjamin Zander, Philharmonia Orchestra, Telarc
2. Pierre Boulez, Wiener Philharmoniker, DG
3. Jonathan Darlington, Duisburger Philharmoinker, Acousence
4. John Barbirolli, New Philharmonia Orchestra, EMI
5. Mitropoulos, WDRSO, Greatest Conductors of the 20th Century / Urania
6. Michael Gielen, SWRSO, Hänssler
7. Christoph Eschenbach, Philadelphia Orchestra, Ondine

 

See the full ranking here. Read the full article here.

posted by JKL Dec 10, 2009