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The first movement of Mahler’s ‘Symphony of a Thousand’ certainly packs a sonic punch in this recording, the organ resplendent and chorus in full cry. The acoustic of the Salt Lake Tabernacle, where this live recording was made in February 2016, is rather reminiscent of the earlier LSO/Gergiev version at St Paul’s Cathedral (LSO Live). Detail in both recordings is sometimes blurred, especially when compared with the famous Decca/Solti version.

Fischer has a fine grasp of the work’s structure, so that the first movement’s conclusion is truly climactic. He is able, too, to sculpt Mahler’s huge second-movement Goethe setting with real intelligence. Of the soloists, upcoming bass Jordan Bisch is rock solid while tenor Barry Banks uses a touch too much vibrato; there is huge strength, though, in the upper voice soloists, including Orla Boyland and Charlotte Hellekant. The Utah orchestra, which many listeners may know from Maurice Abravanels’s Vanguard Mahler recordings, are on splendid form; the choirs even more so, including excellent contributions from the children.

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