Mahler arr. Stein: Symphonie no.4

Historical performance pioneer Trevor Pinnock conducts the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble in revealing chamber arrangements of Mahler’s most frequently performed symphony and Debussy’s Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune, on our debut recording for Linn.

‘These lucid performances, conducted by Trevor Pinnock, make a fine start to the series... reveals details that are usually never heard in an orchestral performance... a satisfying, thought-provoking disc.’
The Guardian

‘No matter how many times you have been gobsmacked by something familiar given in a fresh, revivifying perspective, every time it happens it is as exhilarating, shocking and revelatory as the first time. And that is the message embedded in this alluring, intoxicating and mind-opening brace of performances... in both pieces the young musicians capture the scale and depth of the essentially symphonic nature of the music, while, in parallel with that, drawing you right into the intimate heart – the chamber music soul – of these great masterpieces. You will be surprised. Simply, this is one of the most beautiful and revealing discs I have heard in years. I am completely hooked.’
The Herald

‘From the start, the sheer adventure of hearing a well-known work anew is infectious. Precision gets priority with Pinnock, who allows his players to milk dynamics for all they are worth. Woodwind are sometimes daringly spirited and two keyboards – piano and harmonium – give climaxes the body they need.’
New Zealand Herald

‘This is a performance to treasure, crowned by a delightfully natural account of the soprano solo in the last movement by Sónia Grané... much of the success is due to the committed and characterful playing of the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble and to Trevor Pinnock’s care over balance and phrasing. The clarity of the recording is remarkable... This is one of the most enlightening and enjoyable Mahler discs I have heard for a long time. The booklet hints at further discs exploring chamber arrangements of the symphonic repertoire. On the basis of this very successful disc that is a very exciting prospect.’
Music Web International

‘A stunning example of less being infinitely more... This interpretation is so compelling that it could make believers out of the many people still intimidated by the music of Gustav Mahler. And believers will be seduced by the newfound clarity in the music’s architecture.’
Toronto Star

‘This performance is deeply touching... The young Royal Academy of Music instrumentalists, all named in the brochure, acquit themselves superbly’
International Record Review

Total Time: 64:00

Debussy arr. Sachs Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune

Mahler arr. Stein Symphonie no.4

A sample track appears here: you can listen to the complete recording at Linn Records.

Quote Guardian - lucid performances

Quote Guardian - lucid performances