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David Briggs’s traversal of Mahler’s symphonies (having already transcribed no.3 and, available on a 1998 Priory recording, no.5) continues with this tremendous realisation of the Sixth Symphony. Recorded live on the 100th anniversary of Mahler’s death in May 2011, it is a virtuoso exercise in transcription that calls for, and receives, a prodigious performance on the 3-manual Woehl organ (2006) in St Katharine’s church, Oppenheim.

Briggs treats Mahler’s Tragic epic with symphonic aplomb, accentuating the drama, sharpening chiaroscuro contrast, all the while underlining the tumultuous emotional thrust of the original. Big, bold, and really rather brilliant.

MICHAEL QUINN Read the full review on Agora Classica

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