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Orchestra revisits a Mahler landmark

Aug 03, 2019 - Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Special to the Star Tribune

Performances of Mahler's music tend to divide critics. When the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra's 1940 recording of the composer's Symphony No. 1 was rereleased in the CD era, one reviewer hailed it as "magnificent." Another trashed it as "hysterically neurotic, poorly played, badly recorded." Go figure.

Led by the legendary Dimitri Mitropoulos, who was the orchestra's music director from 1937 to '49, it was the first-ever complete recording of that work.

Eight decades later, the orchestra - long since renamed the Minnesota Orchestra - is revisiting Mahler's early masterpiece in a new recording led by current music director Osmo Vän...