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Mahler: Symphony No. 3 ()

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Bernard Haitink recorded Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 3 in D minor with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1966, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra recorded the work with Georg Solti in 1982, so each already has a classic rendition that is readily available and worth including in any collection. But this live 2006 recording, which marks Haitink's debut as the CSO's principal conductor and features mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, the Women of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, and the Chicago Children's Choir, also deserves serious consideration, despite not being released on a major label and not having the cited recordings' longevity in print. In fact, Haitink's interpretation here is exacting, intense, and powerful, and the orchestra's playing is vivid and evocative, so there is nothing lacking in this concert performance and little to take issue with, aside from the occasional coughs and other unavoidable audience noises. The sound of the recording is phenomenally deep, wide, and spacious, and the separation... Hide synopsis

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