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  821936-0001-2 (2 discs)
  Mahler: Symphony No. 6 - San Francisco/Michael Tilson Thomas
  Mahler: Symphony No. 6

San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor)
Track listing:
  Total time: 87:30
  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

Recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco - September 12-15, 2001

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Review by billwiese June 23, 2003 (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
I actually attended the phenonmenal performance of this work plus or minus a day or two from the actual live recording. It was just after 9/11 so there was a special significance to this performance.

Between movements MTT was alerted that a San Francisco & worldwide music favorite, violinist Isaac Stern, had just passed away - so the remainder of the performance I attended was dedicated to his memory.

I used to think SACD was a bunch of hooey until I heard this disc (given to me as a gift). After I heard it on an SACD player I went out and got an SACD home theatre system. The total combination of a top-notch world-class performance and a great recording job plus the multichannel recording simply makes this a reference recording.

I'm a Mahler nut and have various great recordings (CDs) of him. All are excellent performance-wise (I do have my favorites, and love Lenny's interpretations, though my Maazel Mahler #5 is up there too). Unfortunately many of these CDs, esp when released in early 80s, suffer from being radically "bright". (I do hope some of these performances - even those that were "AAD" - are redigitized from masters.)

And given the quality of this, I went out and bought the SFS recording of Mahler's #1. (Another performance I physically attended, perhaps even on the same day of the recording.) Equally fine, equally grand, equally wonderful recording & 'presence'.

[And BTW - the regular stereo CD layers on these two sound pretty damned good in my truck CD as well.]

Can't wait for SFS to release Mahler's #2 and #5 in same format. MTT knows Mahler!

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Review by carledwards September 5, 2008 (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
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Great sense of drama in this performance, beautifully conveyed in the mulit-channel recording. Razor sharp detail, excellent dynamics and a conductor "line" that is maintained in a masterful way. MTT is really at the top of his game here. Love the way he lets the music surge and subside, clearly with a deep understanding of the score. My new favorite 6!

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Review by Dr. O August 14, 2005 (5 of 9 found this review helpful)
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Winner of the Grammy for "Best Orchestral Performance" in 2003! Add to this the incredible audio we have all come to expect in this remarkabe series, and you have an offering which is a "must have!"

Recorded shortly after the tragedy of September 11, this recording captures the dark pathos of those days. For Mahler, this symphony was also quite somber and, some think, autobiographical. MTT and the SFS capture this angst in a most powerful manner, unflinchlingly bringing the composer's intent into the world of sound and imagination.

Highly recommended, as are ALL of the recordings so far in this wondrous symphonic cycle!

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