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Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D / Vienna Sym./ Fabio Luisi – Vienna Sym. (2 LPs)

Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D / Vienna Sym./ Fabio Luisi – Vienna Sym. (2 LPs)

Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D / Vienna Symphony/ Fabio Luisi – Vienna Symphony WSLP 001 (2 vinyl LPs) ****: This is a very good recording of the Mahler No. 1, well-played and well-recorded with a medium-distance hall ambience. Fabio Luisi, currently Principal Conductor of the Zurich Opera and Metropolitan Opera, New York has been Music Director of L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and other European orchestras. Known primarily as an opera conductor, he has established himself equally  well in the symphonic repertory. This is the start of a new label put out by the Vienna Orchestra, like many similar orchestras worldwide (though so far, no SACDs). The first symphony is Mahler’s Genesis. It establishes Mahler’s symphonic language, recurring thematic motifs referenced throughout his symphonic output: yearning, dream sequences of childhood, musical references to past life. This symphony paves the way for his magnificent symphonic output to follow. The first movement deals with innocence and emergence. This is exuberant declarative music,  presented with great clarity and notable restraint by Maestro Luisi and his fine orchestra. Movement #2 is a very deliberate ländler, contrasted with a wistful delicately-shaded  longing second subject. This is one of Mahler’s favorite devices, yearning , wonderfully accented […]