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Is this Mahler?

I heard the broadcast of this concert on Radio 3 and I have never heard such a hard-driven performance and interpretation. No lingering or caressing the music but a totally unsentimental reading which you either like or hate. Gergiev appears to race through the score with hardly a pause. Knowing him, it rates as a valid interpretation and the audience certainly liked it. Whether it stands up to repeated readings, I am not so sure. For me, one to hear but not to buy.

True Mahler

I have listened to so many recordings and performances of Mahler. The great interpreters in my view include the recordings of Bernstein, Klemperer and Walter. There has to be a specific element of spontaneity, which is why Rattle's recordings or the performances of Andrew Davis et al, tend to lack the power of immediate intention. Gergiev's role with the LSO has been rather a tense affair, late arrivals to rehearsals etc. This should however be totally ignored when one listens to the wonderful freedom of approach in this work, and in this truly wonderful performance. Each tempi is perfect to the moment, not necessarily preferred to every listener, but it is with this element of spontaneity that Gergiev shines, and proves that his ability to conduct "other" European composers is just as high as is Russian repertoire.


This is simply astonishing and totally compelling. Valery Gergiev gets to the heart of this symphony in a way that I don’t think anyone has before. I was in tears listening to the andante. And the orchestral playing and sound are out of this world. Surely the best Mahler 6 and one of the greatest of all Mahler performances.


Born: 02 May 1953 in Moscow, Russia

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Valery Gergiev emerged in the 1980s as one of the most exciting new conductors, particularly of opera and ballet, and has maintained and enhanced his reputation ever since. He is also known for the rather gruff, unshaven appearance he cultivates. Born in Moscow to Ossetian parents, he showed tremendous musical talent in early childhood. Deciding while still in his teens that he wanted to become a conductor, Gergiev entered the conducting class of Ilya Musin at the Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) Conservatory....
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