"Horenstein's account of the Fourth is not naive or simple but probing and searching, an empathetic shaping of accent and expression that goes far beyond the facile view of the work as one of the "easy" Mahler symphonies. His phrasing makes both sense and sensibility where other conductors manage only to stress its beauty, and he can contain the musical tension in such a way that the essential logic of the work is realized as much at the beginning as at the end." - Misha Horenstein, sleevenotes
Our first release of 2021 concludes our four-CD series of Jascha Horenstein's late-1960s performances with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Taken from their very first concert together in January 1968, the disc begins with a lively and enthusiastic Mozart Symphony No. 35 ("Haffner") before a superb Mahler Symphony No. 4, with soprano soloist Jennifer Vyvyan. This is the only live Horenstein Mahler 4 recording, and is a perfect complement to his only studio recording, made nearly 3 years later. Essential listening!