Symphony in Bb major Opus 18 No.1 (3) Muzio Clementi Download 'Symphony in Bb major Opus 18 No.1 (3)' on iTunes
Rattle's vocal armies tackle apocalyptic climaxes and fine detail with appropriate finesse.
Repertoire: Symphony No. 8 (‘Symphony of a Thousand’)
Artists: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Simon Rattle
Label: EMI 557 9452
Mahler’s gigantic, radiant choral epic is done real justice here, with Rattle’s sure and purposeful sense of direction a major plus: he rushes a little in places and lingers in others, but not excessively so. The vocal armies respond well, with choral singing of outstanding clarity. The recording, while comfortably handling the apocalyptic decibel-level of the closing bars, is more than clear enough to highlight Mahler’s fine orchestral detail.