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- The final release in Valery Gergiev's acclaimed Mahler cycle features the composer's Symphony No 9, recorded at the Barbican in March 2011.
Mahler's wrote his Ninth Symphony during a time of great personal suffering and heartache. This is reflected in the music, at times manic and fierce, at others delicate and serene, as it explores many emotions and ultimately concludes with the heart-stopping coda of the Adagio, seemingly conveying the composer's acceptance of his own mortality.
In addition to his recordings of Mahler's symphonies, Gergiev's other recent releases on LSO Live have included acclaimed recordings
of music by Debussy, Ravel and Rachmaninov as well as Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet which recently won Disc of the Year at the BBC Music Magazine Awards.
- London Symphony Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra / Valery Gergiev
- CONCERT REVIEWS
"from the rosy vein struck by the strings to the honed gestures of the woodwind, here was an orchestra at one with itself and its Director"
"Gergiev's reading was both valid and deeply moving. Finally all tears were wiped away, all coughing silenced, in a breathless,peerlessly executed coda [Adagio]" Evening Standard
"There's nothing on the classical circuit that quite compares to the full Valery Gergiev experience. Gergiev's pacing of the Adagio ... felt absolutely right. And the LSO fiddles played majestically for him"
- 1 SACD - 0h 1mn 19s
release date. 2011-09-05