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  Mahler: Symphony No. 1 - San Francisco/Michael Tilson Thomas
  Mahler: Symphony No. 1

San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor)
Track listing:
  Total time: 56:14
  Classical - Orchestral
Recording type:
Recording info:
  Producer: Andreas Neubronner
Balance Engineer: Peter Laenger
Editing, Remixing and Mastering: Andreas Ruge, Andreas Neubronner
DSD Recording: Gus Skinas, Dawn Frank

Recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco - September 19-23, 2001

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Site review by Polly Nomial November 7, 2008
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Site review by akiralx October 14, 2004
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Interpretatively this is a superb Mahler 1, alongside Bernstein's and Abbado's DG recordings and many others.

One tiny caveat is that compared to the other MTT Mahler SACDs I have heard in surround sound (Nos 4 and 6), this one does feature rather too much ambient sound from the rear speakers - and I am not the only reviewer to have commented on this. Such a slight imbalance does not afflict the superb Fourth on SACD, which is truly state of the art in terms of sound.

If you just listen in stereo, then buy with 100% confidence, as this is a highly involving performance in superb sound.

Review by Dr. O August 4, 2005 (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
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Mahler paints his symphonies upon a vast canvas, and Maestro Thomas is quite adept at presenting their richness with all of the colorful nuances contained therein. Listening to Mahler is like perceiving a huge mosaic of ideas and deeply human feelings. It is like reading Tolstoy - not Hemingway!

The sound in this release is astounding for its brilliance and clarity. Staging and a real sense of depth are profoundly evident. The engineering is first-rate!

What I most like about this recording is MTT's ability to present each and every portion of Mahler's score as it's own delicious morsel, while not at all losing a sense of the whole. Not an easy thing to do, but he accomplishes this with great success. The tempos are engaging and the nuancing of the various orchestral forces is just right!

I "must have" for Mahler lovers, and two thumbs up to MTT and the SFS for this truly memorable performance!

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