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  Mahler: Symphony No. 4 - Macal
  Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Michaela Kaune (soprano)
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Zdenek Macal (conductor)
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  Classical - Orchestral
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Review by sperlsco February 12, 2007 (8 of 9 found this review helpful)
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In short, this is a spectacular M4 from Macal/Czech PO on Exton!!

I ordered the M4 Macal/Czech PO SACD from HMV.JP. I have a fairly good track record with Mahler SACD releases on the Exton label, but of course, most of them feature the great Czech PO. This one, however, strikes me as being quite an exceptional M4. The playing is incredibly transparent and there is an amazing amount of clarity. The conducting is equally fine. There is a phenomenal amount of detail that stands out, but the conducting never seems the least bit fussy. The dynamics ebb and flow naturally and the tempos are remarkably flexible. The tam-tam in the first movement can be clearly heard during the build-up to and at the climax. My only very minor complaint is that the timpani seem recessed on rare occasion. The adagio is quite beautiful and has a tremendous and transcendent climax.

Overall timings are on the moderate side – IIRC they are fairly close to the Levi M4. Unlike the Levi M4, it does not feature Bea Arthur in the finale (or perhaps Levi has Frederica von Stade, I forget :-) ) Speaking of the soloist, Michaela Kaune is quite good. She has a very innocent voice and is quite comfortable singing the part. Her first line sounds a little strange and she uses just a tad too much vibrato here and there, but it is hardly worth complaining. The sound is probably the best that I have heard from an Exton SACD – very open, with a huge and deep soundstage (I own perhaps half-a-dozen of Exton SACD’s). The soloist’s voice has a real you-are-there presence to it.

I also like the MTT M4, but would easily make this my top choice in M4 multi-channel SACD's.

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