On the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Mahler's Ninth Symphony, Gramophone Magazine recommend the most outstanding recordings

Essential Recordings / Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Herbert von Karajan – DG Double 453 0402GTA2 (132' · ADD · Recorded 1979-80 )

Mahler’s Ninth is a death-haunted work but is filled, as Bruno Walter remarked, ‘with a sanctified feeling of departure’. Rarely has this symphony been shaped with such understanding and played with such selfless virtuosity as it was by Karajan and the BPO.


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