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Customer Reviews

Great orchestral playing; awful vocalist

Really fine work from the CSO in this recording, especially trombone and trumpet soloists in the first and third movements. Excellent audio quality, and Haitink's interpretation of the score really brings it to life.

On the downside, the alto soloist in the fourth movement is atrocious. Obnoxious vibrato and diction, and no musical flow whatsoever. If only you could buy the recording minus that movement.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review of CSO's Mahler Symphony No. 3

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra makes a strong statement with the first of its self-produced CSO Resound recordings. While administrators look for a music director to succeed Daniel Barenboim, the orchestra is clearly in good hands being led by principal conductor Bernard Haitink and principal guest conductor Pierre Boulez.

This recording of Gustav Mahler's Third Symphony was made at Haitink's debut concerts in his new position in October, and shows the orchestra is in fabulous shape. Veterans such as principal horn Dale Clevenger and principal trombone Jay Friedman play with all the richness of experience but none of its losses, while new principal oboist Eugene Izotov and principal trumpet Christopher Martin prove to be brilliant musicians.

But it is Haitink's keen ear for detail and unsurpassed mastery of the power of long-scale form that inspire the musicians and make this recording most worth acquiring. The stylistic acuity of the Scherzo is a wonder to hear, while the symphony's fulfillment in the long and slow finale is transcendental.

The recorded sound is stunning in its verisimilitude.

- Mark Kanny, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 13, 2007

Some flaws, but overal wonderful.

Haitink's interpretation, while a bit slow, is compelling and gives the music more room to breathe than brisker versions. The CSO is in its usual top form, but the recording itself has some balance/engineering issues and the equipment you're using will make a significant difference in whether this recording sounds outstanding or obnoxious.


Genre: Classical

The Chicago Symphony Chorus is among the best choruses attached to a world-class symphony orchestra. It was established in 1957, when the music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner, engaged Margaret Hillis to develop a permanent chorus of a quality fit to partner the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at its concerts. Hillis already had a record of achievement: she was a junior golf champion and a civilian flying instructor for the U.S. Navy during World War II. She studied music at Indiana...
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  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Nov 17, 2009

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