We are very happy to announce an exclusive cooperation between the Vienna Philharmonics and Pro-Ject Audio Systems.
According to the 80th birthday of the famous master Zubin Mehta, together with the Vienna Philharmonics, we are able to offer one of the best ever recording of this world famous orchestra!
To celebrate Zubin Mehta's 80th birthday, Decca (Universal Music) proudly presents iconic Zubin Mehta albums in cooperation with The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Pro-Ject Audio Systems. A must-have for music fans of the analogue era back on heavy-weight vinyl. Presented with original artwork, this recording has been carefully mastered from the original Decca analogue tapes at Abbey Road Studios.
This is probably Mehta's finest Mahler album ever. The first movement is very dramatic. Mehta opens with a very tense, brisk tempo. Mehta never rushes, but never drags. The timpani is very well-defined, however not overpowering, throughout the movement, as well as throughout the entire disc.The Andante is played very well. The phrasing is wonderful. The Scherzo starts out the best I have ever heard. Two crisp, crystal clear Timpani strikes. Then the next 2 are softer, then the next 2 are even softer, which gives it an amazing affect.
Then to the Urlicht. Mehta's slower tempo just adds to the heartbreaking beauty. Add to that the gorgeous singing of Ileana Contrabus and you have got a winning combonation. To the massive finale where Mehta really triumphs. The tempi are perfect. Mehta builds the climaxes perfectly, never dragging. The brass play superbly! I heard some of the lower brass instruments in this movement that I didn't even hear before in my other recordings. Very impressive. When the chorus enters, just listen to the bass singers! Spectacular. The entire chorus sounds heaven-sent. Contrubas and Ludwig sing crystal clear and beautifully. The organ is heard very clearly. The combonation of perfect tempi, magnificent signing and ultra-vituostic playing make the finale one of the most moving pieces of music you will ever hear.
This recording has everything you could possibly ask for. Mehta's perfect tempi, great signing by Contrubas, Ludwig, and the Vienna Staatsopernchor. The Vienna Philharmonic, particularly the brass, play just like the virtuostic ensemble that they are. Go and get it ASAP.
The Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Zubin Mehta
Limited edition (2000 copies worldwide)
2x 180 gr heavyweight virgin vinyl
Original gatefold cover
Audiophile sound experience
Remastered From Original Decca Analogue Tapes at Abbey Road Studios
1975 The Decca Record Company Limited, London
In celebration of Zubin Mehtas 80th birthday
Includes voucher for free download of digital copy
Conductor: Zubin Mehta
1. Allegro maestoso. Mit durchaus ernstem und feierlichem Aus-druck
2. Andante moderato. Sehr gemachlich
3. Scherzo: In ruhig fliessender Bewegung
4. O Roschen rot! Der Mensch liegt in grosster Not!
5. Part 1: I'm Tempo Des Scherzo, Wild Herausfahrend
5. Conclusion: Sehr Langsam Und Gedehnt