Lorin Maazel leads the Philharmonia Orchestra and a star-studded ensemble of performers in Mahler’s first three Symphonies. This is the first 5-CD Set in a series that will encompass Mahler’s Nine Symphonies, featuring live orchestral recordings from London’s Royal Festival Hall of Maazel and the Philharmonia’s much-lauded Mahler Cycle.
Wonderfully stylish: that hesitant Viennese-style playing-around and a lovely warm string sound …You get that audience perspective as if you were sitting in the hall, and its got all the energy and focus of a live or concert recording – BBC Radio 3 Record Review
The most successful reading is Symphony No.1, in which the mystery of the hushed opening, the gutsy resonance of the second movement and the frenzied launch of the finale are comparable with some of the best versions – BBC Music Magazine
I love these performances, truly and deeply, and just a little madly – Classical Ear