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Having completed several cycles, among them the complete Beethoven symphonies (with over 1 million copies sold internationally), in 2007 David Zinman embarked on this recording of Mahler’s complete symphonies with Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich. This is the final issue, completing a cycle of recordings which has become one of the most an highly praised of all the Mahler cycles. A complete box set is to follow in 2011.
“[Zinman] draws a rich, burnished sound from his superb Zurich orchestra. There's no doubting their concentration and conviction, or the quality of the individual players (some beautifully shaped woodwind solos, for instance).”
27th January 2011
“Zinman and his orchestra play it wonderfully, and their accounts of the two movements that were completed, the opening Adagio and the third, the Purgatorio, are superb”
6th February 2011
“Zinman has chosen (not without some reservations he voices in the booklet) the more speculative completion by Clinton Carpenter. It is very well suited to the warm, ample textures of his Zurich orchestra who play with total commitment...for Mahlerians it's a fascinating comparison, superbly played.”
“Zinman and his sound team expose some additional inner detail in the atmospheric Zurich acoustic, and the interpretation, always sensibly paced, can sound less radically overstuffed.”
11th June 2011
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