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Mahler Symphony No. 4

Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Minnesota Orchestra

Carolyn Sampson, soprano
BIS SACD-2356
Release: November 25, 2019
Repertoire: Symphony No. 4 in G major

Mahler’s Fourth Symphony begins with a discourse on a simple violin tune and ends with a child’s view of heaven, delivered by a soprano. A hint of darkness comes in the second movement, where death’s fiddle leads a beguiling waltz; the ensuing Adagio is among the composer’s finest slow movements. Music Director Osmo Vänskä leads the Minnesota Orchestra through this celestial symphony, which features the voice of soprano soloist Carolyn Sampson in the final movement, originally recorded by BIS Records at Orchestra Hall in June 2018.

“I can’t recall the last time I was as deeply moved at a Minnesota Orchestra concert as I was by the third movement of the Mahler Fourth. What began in blissful beauty soon found the composer staring unblinking into sorrowful darkness, a place that Vänskä and the orchestra made intensely troubling before emerging into a blast of bright major-key sunshine."
– Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press