Mahler Resurrection Symphony - Zander/Philharmonia. Musicweb review
Posted by Philip Statham on December 23, 2013, 1:49 pm
I have just read the recent review by John Quinn of the Mahler Resurrection Symphony from Benjamin Zander and the Philharmonia Orchestra and would like to point out an error in his assumption about the provenance of the recording and its engineering: |
“This is his first recording for Linn who are renowned for their sonics. The combination of Linn engineering and Mahler’s vast symphonic fresco was an enticing one.”
In fact the recording was made by Five/Four productions of Ohio, USA and was monitored on ATC loudspeakers. The ATC Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.316370208407578.80736.205039919540608&type=1 shows a few session photos.
This may seem like a trivial quibble but, as a long-standing home user and enthusiast for ATC loudspeakers (ATC is one of the few remaining great UK audio companies), I am keen to see that, if any plaudits for recording quality are being handed out, they should go to the rightful recipients.
Note that this recording is a continuation of the Mahler/Zander/Philharmonia series, previous recordings of which were issued on the Telarc label. Five/Four productions was formerly the recording element of Telarc which split away from the parent company in 2009.
From the review of the recording by the Boston Globe published on 5 October 2013:
“With the announcement, in 2009, that Telarc Records would no longer produce its own recordings, it seemed all too possible that Benjamin Zander would never finish his Mahler symphony cycle with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London. So it's good to see their performance of Symphony No. 2, the 'Resurrection,' recorded last year and now out on Glasgow-based Linn Records, which has already in its catalog [albums] of Martin Pearlman and Boston Baroque in Haydn's The Creation and Lord Nelson Mass. We can hope - and expect - that Zander will be able to complete his cycle with the Seventh and Eighth.”
None of this detracts one iota from the superb quality of the performance and of the sound, which have been universally acclaimed. Our thanks are owed to Linn records whose timely intervention will, we trust, allow the series to be completed.