Album: Mahler, Symphony No 4 / PO / Mackerras (Signum)

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When the Royal Festival Hall was being refurbished, the Philharmonia moved next door.

The Queen Elizabeth Hall may have been cramped and dry, but the concerts played there had a special quality as the orchestra and its conductors were forced to rethink balance and timbre. This live recording captures that awkward, edge-of-your-seat magic, with Sir Charles Mackerras at the helm of an intimate reading of Mahler's Fourth, with a daringly folksy "In Gemächlicher Bewegung" and a "Ruhevoll" of stunning simplicity.