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Simon Rattle’s farewell with Mahler’s Sixth On CD and Blu-ray

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The end of an era and a musical highlight: Simon Rattle’s farewell as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker with Gustav Mahler’s stunning Sixth Symphony was given a standing ovation by the audience. In a high-quality edition you can relive this special moment on CD and Blu-ray. There is also an audio recording of Sir Simon’s Philharmoniker debut conducting the same work, a documentary about his tenure, and an extensive companion book with many articles and photos.

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On 14 November 1987, the young Simon Rattle first took to the conductor’s podium of the Berliner Philharmoniker. “I had the feeling that I would find my voice that day,” says Rattle in retrospect. At the same time, the young conductor demonstrated his total mastery of this vast work with its brutal eruptions.

The fact that Mahler’s work was also part of this farewell concert had a symbolic as well as a musical dimension: it brought both a circle to a close and also a great chapter in the history of the Berliner Philharmoniker to an end. At the same time, the performance reminded us that performances of Mahler’s music marked highlights of the Rattle era on numerous occasions. The tumultuous applause expressed not only enthusiasm for a uniquely intense, multi-faceted performance but also gratitude for 16 fulfilling years.

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Preis der deutschen Schallplatten-Kritik
Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 6 
CD 1: Recorded in June 2018 at the Philharmonie Berlin
CD 2: Recorded in November 1987 at the Philharmonie Berlin
Bonus videos:
Documentary: “Echoing an Era: Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker, 2002-2018” (67 min)
Introduction by Sir Simon Rattle (10 min)

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  • CD & Blu-ray

    Mahler: Symphony No. 6

    2 CD + 1 Blu-ray + download / hardcover edition

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    CDs 1&2 
    Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 6

    CD 1: Recording from 20 June 2018

    CD 2: Recording from 15 November 1987

    Concert Video: Symphony No. 6 from 20 June 2018 (83 min)

    High resolution audio:

    Symphony No. 6 from 20 June 2018
    2.0 PCM Stereo 24-bit/96 kHz
    5.1 DTS-HD MA 24-bit/96 kHz

    Symphony No. 6 from 15 November 1987
    2.0 PCM Stereo 24-bit/96 kHz

    · Documentary: “Echoing an Era – Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker 2002–2018” (67 mins)

    · Introduction by Sir Simon Rattle

Full HD 16:9 / PCM Stereo
    5.1 Surround DTS-HD
    Region Code: ABC (worldwide)

    Accompanying booklet
72 pages / German, English

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the entire album (24-bit / up to 192 kHz)

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    US$ 44.90
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    Simon Rattle’s farewell with Mahler's Sixth [DOWNLOAD]

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    Provided formats
    Stereo up to 24/192 [FLAC / WAV]
    For 2018 concert: 5.1 Surround up to 24/192 [FLAC]

    Digital booklet
    72 pages (german/english)

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    US$ 29.90
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