Mahler: Symphony No. 4 | Christoph von Dohnányi | Cleveland Orchestra

by Glenn on January 1, 2020

With the prospect of the Vienna Philharmonic’s annual New Year’s Concert still ahead today, some music with a Viennese quality seemed appropriate while trying to bring order to a chaotic home office. Mahler’s Fourth Symphony is the least angsty of Mahler’s symphonies and seemed to fit the bill well.

I don’t have notes from any previous experiences with this particular recording:
Christoph Dohnányi |The Cleveland Orchestra | Dawn Upshaw (soprano)
Recorded: Cleveland, Ohio, Severance Hall | May 1992
Decca | 466 342-2

I wasn’t listening too carefully, so I don’t have any well-formed opinion about the overall quality of this performance, but one moment leapt out at me from the third movement. It is the transition into Figure 9:

This is how it sounds:

I thought the viola slide (portamento) with the cello slide (glissando) was just lovely. The care exhibited by the orchestra here is wonderful. There are some magical moments in the third movement if they are handled well. This one certainly was.