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  RCO 07003
  Mahler: Symphony No. 4 - Haitink
  Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G major

Christine Schäfer (soprano)
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Bernard Haitink (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
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Review by stvnharr September 16, 2007 (14 of 14 found this review helpful)
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On 7 November 2006 Bernard Haitink led the Royal Concertgeboux Orchestra in a jubilee concert commemorating his 50th anniversary of his first appearance with the orchestra. This recording of the Mahler Fourth Symphony is from that concert. I wish they'd have these jubilee concerts more often!

I've always found the Mahler 4th symphony to be a bit "lesser" than the bigger symphonies, and the first symphony. However this disc elevated this symphony up a whole notch, in my view. Edvin has called this disc "revelatory", and I would have to agree. From the first note I am just drawn into the music, more so than even being at a concert sitting down in the middle of the tenth row. The other sacd recordings, MTT and Reiner, simply don't do that for me. And the rbcd recordings I've had, Rattle, Boulez, Maazel, never did it either.
Soundwise I find this to be one of the best, if not the very best, sacd recordings in my collection. I have most of the RCO Live recordings and find them all to be very good, but this one stands out. Certainly the Polyhymnia engineers got this one just right!

Simply wonderful disc!!!!!

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Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 4 in G major