Christopher F. Dodrill | S Ozone Park, NY United States | 12/08/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Save your money. Fine performance of the Mahler, but this DVD series is merely music put to eye candy. We never see the orchestra; too bad."
My review of Mahlers 1st Symphony on Naxos Musical Journey.
Don J. Gould | Endicott, NY | 02/05/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After listening to this symphony by Mahler, I found the music to be most enjoyable, the recording was excellent, and the video photography was fantastic. This is an excellent bargin with Dolby and DTS surround sound play back. I enjoyed this DVD more then one that shows the conductor and orchestra because the scenery is beautiful,plays right into the music, and doesn't flash from one player to another, or to and from the conductor.
I will be looking for other Naxos Musical Journeys."
Travelogue with Mahler's complete first symphony
Mr John Haueisen | WORTHINGTON, OHIO United States | 06/09/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a beautiful travel film, with Mahler's entire Symphony 1 as a background for outstanding scenes of nature.
There are forests, castles, rivers, mountains, wildlife and waterfalls from Switzerland, South Tyrol, Austria, Italy and Germany. I just don't get why Mahler's First is accompanied by a travel film, or why a travel film is accompanied by Mahler's First.
Actually, both the music and the photography are very good. I just don't understand the connection, unless perhaps it is to show the region where Gustav Mahler lived and came to appreciate the beauty of nature. Decide for yourself--this disc is bargain-priced! At least now, you will know what to expect."
Not up to par for sound or video
Ronald D. Foster | Brush, CO United States | 07/11/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I am a great fan of Naxos and find their Cds' to always be competitive in music quality and unbeatable costwise so I entertained great hopes for this Mahler 1st. Alas, it was not to be. The performance was fine but sound quality was not, even with DTS. My benchmark for sound quality is the Mahler video recordings done by Abbado and the Lucerne Chamber Orch. for Euroart. It is "awesome" in the way that word was meant to be used. Naxos sound was not close. Then the video. The initial hi def shots of fields and forests and a castle perched frightenly atop a craggy mountain were stunning. But then came a segment which alternated between showing beautiful shots of grazing deer and stags with magnificent racks to paintings of them being shot, beaten, attacked by dogs and horsemen. It may have had a connection to the symphony movement but I found if very bizarre and disturbing. So, all in all, I'm not sure why I even gave it 2 stars. Buy a Naxos cd of the same music for half the price and wait for Abbado to record the 1st for Euroart."