Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G major
Julia Kleiter (soprano), Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Daniele Gatti (conductor).
This is Daniele Gatti’s second recording of the most idyllic, the most pastoral, the most restful of Mahler’s nine numbered symphonies. His first was performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the soloist Ruth Ziesak who turned in an outstanding performance in the final movement.
This version was recorded live with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam in November 2017 and features the soprano Julia Kleiter. This is a delightfully detailed and sweeping performance of the work; though some listeners might consider Gatti to have micro-managed the performance. Once again Gatti directs a performance in which the soloist’s contribution is magnificent. The sound is very good, especially in the high resolution download.
Overall then a pleasing performance but I’m not sure that the market really needed a second Mahler 4 from Gatti. Our top recommendation remains the excellently engineered performance by Ivan Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra on Channel Classics. Once again this contains some heavenly singing in the finale, this time from from the soprano Miah Persson. Read more about our recommended version here.