This is the third recording from the enterprising Swiss label Tudor where Mahler's symphonies are concerned – Jonathan Nott and his excellent Bambergers have already recorded the First and Fifth with mostly excellent results. The Fourth is a kind of stranger work but there's no denying its effectiveness and rarefied beauty which come out quite ravishingly in this marvelous new SACD recording.
Nott sets what can only be termed as a judicious tempo to the opening movement which sails along merrily enough with the strings particularly verdant and halo like. In the second movement, In gemächlicher Bewegung, he finds much peace and quiet in the Viennese countryside depiction whilst the expansive Ruhevoll is extremely beautiful especially in its central pages where it matches Tennstedt or Bernstein for true emotional intensity.
Mojca Erdmann sings with great beauty and loveliness in the Finale which rounds off this quite superb symphony to its close. Tudor also provide fastidiously detailed notes which are also a joy to read and I am now waiting for the more substantial parts of the Mahler cycle to be completed with eagerness and anticipation. For the time being this Fourth will do quite nicely for repeated listening.
Copyright © 2009, Gerald Fenech