Album: Mahler, Four Movements – FRSO/Järvi, (Virgin)

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Paavo Järvi's curious Mahler programme with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra brings together the original versions of three symphonic movements that were either once intended for different purposes ("Blumine" and "Totenfeier") or formed part of an incomplete work (the "Adagio" from the 10th Symphony).

Järvi's meticulous separation of orchestral textures ensures maximum clarity, even in the nightmarish convulsions of "Totenfeier". The articulation is crisp, the sound clean.