Andrés Orozco-Estrada / Tonkünstler-Orchester

Mahler: Symphony No. 1

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As a part of his debut season with the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, Andrés Orozco-Estrada recorded a straightforward and appealing live performance of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1, presented in glorious DSD sound on this hybrid SACD from Preiser. There's no attempt at revisionism here, because Orozco-Estrada follows the published version with four movements and wisely excludes the Blumine intermezzo, a holdover from the earlier tone poem Der Titan, which many contemporary conductors have inserted between the first and second movements, even though Mahler decisively rejected it. Because the trajectory of this work is unimpeded by the relaxed Blumine, and because Orozco-Estrada is punctilious in following the score in all its marvelous effects, the full impact of the music comes across as Mahler intended. The multichannel sound is deep and spacious, and every detail of the Tonkünstler's playing is captured with absolute fidelity. Newcomers to this extraordinary symphony will discover it as it should be experienced, and listeners who know the piece well will be impressed with its spontaneous expression, fresh atmosphere, and exceptional tone colors. Highly recommended.

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