I find this to be an excellent recording of a full orchestra. The dynamic range may be surprising to some. Set the volume to be correct for the 1st movement and then wait to be whalloped by the peroration near the end of the 3rd movement. Wow! Nice job .
Mahler: Symphony No. 4
Miah Persson (soprano)
Budapest Festival Orchestra
Ivan Fischer (conductor)
There is a unique purity and transparency in Mahler's 4th Symphony. The enchanting slay bells take us to his inner child, to his dreams of angels, fairy tales, angst and pure, divine love. This child-like symphony needed a different orchestra: no dark tuba, no heavy trombones, no large arsenal of massive brass. A chamber orchestra in fact, where the clarinets act as mock trumpets, the solo violin tunes his strings sharper in order to scare us and the lightness of the whole orchestra lifts us up to his lovely, childish vision of paradise.