Mariss Jansons / Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Mahler: Symphony No. 7 – AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson


For well over a decade, Mariss Jansons has been recording Gustav Mahler's symphonies in two separate cycles, one with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on its RCO Live label, and the other with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra on BR Klassik. He recorded this RCO performance of the Symphony No. 7 in E minor in September 2016, and this hybrid SACD is superior to the version he recorded nearly nine years earlier. The symphony, nicknamed "The Song of the Night" for its nocturnal moods and also because of Mahler's own comparison of the first movement to Rembrandt's painting The Night Watch, is known for its eccentric instrumentation and unusual five-movement structure. Because it is one of Mahler's quirkiest works, at times seeming more like a series of picturesque tone poems than an organic, symphonic whole, it's easy to lose track of the trajectory that runs from the beginning to the end. Jansons maintains a ......

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