Mahler: Symphony No.4


Recorded at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in February 2006, the next disc in Signum’s series of live orchestral recordings with the Philharmonia features the late Sir Charles Mackerras conducting Mahler’s Symhpony No.4. The concert was a memorable one, as this review demonstrates:
"This performance was inspired and interesting … Setting off at a no-nonsense, fastish speed, Mackerras’s appreciation of the numerous changes of tempos was a miracle of refined music-making that enhanced the rustic joys of the first movement. What impressed so much was the innate humanity of this music that in other hands can come across as insincere sentiment that lies behind the notes; the slow movement in particular was of a poise and serenity that was truly touching. The singing of Sarah Fox in the finale embellished the entire sense of naturalness that was enshrined in this memorable rendition, a triumph for the partnership of the Philharmonia Orchestra, on riveting form, and the venerable Mackerras."
Edward Clark,, Feb 16th 2006

What people are saying

IRR Outstanding Recording 
“No matter how many performances of Mahler’s Fourth you possess or may have heard, make time for this one. It’s prime Charles Mackerras, capturing the essence of this symphony in the most memorable and life-enhancing manner as well as a comprehensive roll-call of the myriad qualities that made him such a special musician.” International Record Review
“ … a very distinguished account of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony; it is also a splendid memorial to the late Sir Charles Mackerras’s long-term and vital association with the Philharmonia Orchestra.”
“The massed strings of the Philharmonia have seldom sounded silkier after the opening jingle and the third movement is tranquil as a child staring at the skies on a cloudless day.” Norman Lebrecht

Philharmonia Orchestra

Sir Charles Mackerras

Release date:8th Nov 2010
Order code:SIGCD219
Barcode: 635212021927

  1. Symphony No.4 in G major: I Bed?chtig, Nicht eilen – Gustav Mahler – 16.12
  2. Symphony No.4 in G major: II In gem?chlicher Bewegung – Gustav Mahler – 9.11
  3. Symphony No.4 in G major: III Ruhevoll – Gustav Mahler – 21.44
  4. Symphony No.4 in G major: IV Sehr behaglich – Gustav Mahler – 9.36