BERLIOZ: Requiem, Op. 5. MAHLER: Symphony No. 1.
Utah Symphony Orch. & Chorus; Charles Bressler, tenor; Maurice
VANGUARD VSD 507/8 (4 channel) TT: 61:31 & 72:08
The Berlioz, scored for large chorus and orchestra, is extraordinary
in multi-channel which lets us hear hear brass coming from four corners as
written in the score. This is an original 4 channel analog recording
made in 1969. It is all very special sonically, although
performances of both the Berlioz and Mahler's symphony don't register
among the finer recordings of each. The Mahler, also a 4 channel
channel original, dates from 1974. You'll probably listen
most to Tuba Mirum from Requiem, with its large chorus
and brass outbursts from four sides. The Berlioz is music made
for surround sound; this is its only multi-channel issue to date (Jan.
MAHLER: Symphony No.
6 in A Minor "Tragic"
San Francisco Symphony Orch; Michael Tilson Thomas, cond.
SFS 821936-0001/2 (5 channel) TT: 87:30
There's high emotion in this
live performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 6, recorded Sept. 12-15,
2001. It's the first in a five-year project to record all
Mahler symphonies. Thomas' interpretation is rather low in tension compared
with Solti or Bernstein, but consistently impressive, and recorded in 5
channel sound with rich concert hall ambience - and not a trace of an audience.
Two CDs are required, but they sell for the price of one. This promises to be