MAHLER Symphony No.1 Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 4488132
. . . this Mahler 1 is very good . . . Chailly's refusal to draw attention to himself is refreshing. The performance is emotionally cool without being outright sterile . . . The brass are extremely satisfying, and the whole orchestra sounds fabulous as a whole. The Finale is particularly invigorating . . . The inner movements are beautifully played . . . [and the] outer movements are pretty great, especially the final one, where the Concertgebouw brass and strings simply let go and have a great time. Anyone who wants to hear what a big name orchestra should sound like will appreciate the meticulous blend of the horns, the tangy bite of the winds, and the sheer glow of the upper violins. Everything clicks . . . [the Berg] makes an intriguing opening to a generally excellent disc.