G. Mahler, Symphony No. 7, "MTT" / SFSO
G. Mahler, Symphony No. 7, C. Abbado/BPh
Performance, December 12th 2005: Mahler 3rd, Conlon/Juilliard Orchestra
Performance, May 10th 2005: Mahler 9th, Barenboim/CSO
Performance, April 21st 2005: Mahler 9th, Slatkin/NSO
Performance, May 10th 2005: Mahler 4th, Temirkanov/BltSO
Performance, May 10th 2005: Mahler 5th, Eschenbach/Philadelphia
Performance, May 10th 2005: Mahler 1st, R.Abbado/NSO
Recording: Mahler 9th, MTT/SFSO
Recording: Mahler 2nd, MTT/SFSO
Recording: Mahler 6th, I.Fischer/BdPFSO
Recording: Mahler 6th, Abbado/BPh et al.
Recording: Mahler 8th, Rattle, Nagano, Kubelik, Järvi
Recording: Mahler 3rd, Boulez/VPh
With nuanced detail, well-structured, lovingly presented - quaver for quaver - this is easily the least satisfying Mahler 7th I have ever heard on record or live.
For all its beauty, professionalism and excellence in execution, for every instance that is above criticism, the symphony as a whole is - to my ears - a complete failure.
G. Mahler, Symphony No. 7, P. Boulez / ClevO
G. Mahler, Symphony No. 7, R. Kubelik / BRSo
The Gramophone has reviewed this recording, too, and as with most recent Mahler reviews (Rattle/Nagano 8th, Fischer 6th, Abbado 6th) of that magazine, I cannot agree with their critic at all. In Mahler I have found more kindred ears in the resident crankmeister Mahler expert at the American Record Guide and Classics Today’s David Hurwitz.