Mahler: Symphony No. 4 / Albrecht
Format: Hybrid SACD
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Marc Albrecht, Elizabeth Watts
Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No.4 portrays another side of the composer, one hitherto unseen by the general public. No major battles are fought in this symphony; rather it is a childlike vision of life and a better world in the Hereafter. On this new Pentatone release, Marc Albrecht, its chief conductor, leads the Netherlands Philharmonic in performance of this work. The soprano Elizabeth Watts, whose voice was described by Int’l Record Review as “one of the most beautiful Britain has produced in a generation”, is the touching last movement’s featured soloist.