Mariss Jansons and the Oslo Philharmonic. This combination has a special meaning to music lovers all over the world. In the period 1979 – 2002 Jansons was Chief Conductor of the OPO. It was a period of unparalleled development in the history of the orchestra. Celebrating 100 years in 2019, the OPO is delighted to release this live recording of Mahler’s 3rd Symphony from August 2001.
Mariss and OPO
In the mid-1970s, on the threshold for what would prove to be a fantastic international career, Mariss Jansons discovered an ensemble of great potential with musicians willing to put in the time and work necessary. The orchestra on their part found a rising star eager to build a world class orchestra. What Mariss and the OPO accomplished together is no less than astonishing.
Press cuttings from the earlier releases in the Mahler series:
– The intensity of the Oslo playing is such that you wish you had been in the hall to experience it live, but the recording faithfully reproduces its energy, vibrant colour and lyrical breadth. [Daily Telegraph, Pick of 2003]
– performances that never once fail to uphold the highest international standards of playing, and they are really superbly recorded. [David Hurwitz / ClassicsToday.com]
– With these two … live concert recordings, Mariss Jansons, Musical Director of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra from 1979 to 2002 leaves behind a worthy document of his work in building up the orchestra artistically and his initiative in performing Gustav Mahler with Norway’s leading orchestra. Seldom has the "Titan" Symphony been heard in such an unpretentious, refreshingly straightforward and at the same time atmospherically sensitive reading as in this live performance, which is also at the highest standard of playing technique. …. Noble orchestral culture at the highest level. [Internationaler Gustav-Mahler-Schallplattenpreis "Toblacher Komponierhäuschen 2003" for Mariss Jansons]
– conductor and orchestra were at one with the music, as you can hear in this sizzling performance from that year: the recording captures the verve of their marriage. There’s a lithe energy and carefree sweep to the playing that is infectious […] [5 stars Andrew Clark / Financial Times]