Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) - Symphony No. 4 in G Major
1. I. Bedächtig, nicht eilen 17:10
2. II. In gemächlicher Bewegung, ohne Hast 9:23
3. III. Ruhevoll, poco adagio 21:23
4. IV. Sehr behaglich 8:51
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Semyon Bychkov conductor
The Czech Philharmonic and its Chief Conductor and Music Director Semyon Bychkov present a new recording of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, laying the foundation of a complete Mahler symphonies cycle to appear on PENTATONE. It will be the label’s first ever full Mahler cycle, and the Czech Philharmonic’s first survey of this extraordinary symphonic opus since their recording under Václav Neumann between 1976 and 1982. Although chiefly active in Vienna during the heyday of his career, Mahler was born in what is now the Czech Republic, and through this recording project, he returns to his native soil. For conductor Semyon Bychkov, Mahler’s symphonies are all about expressing the polyphony of life, and recording these works is the fulfilment of a life-long fascination. This cycle deliberately starts with the most popular and frequently-played Fourth, famous for its macabre scherzo, soothing slow movement and heavenly finale, sung by soprano Chen Reiss.