Mahler: Symphony No. 4 / Reiss, Bychkov, Czech Philharmonic

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The Czech Philharmonic and its Chief Conductor and Music Director Semyon Bychkov present a new recording of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, laying the foundation of a complete Mahler symphonies cycle to appear on PENTATONE. It will be the label’s first ever full Mahler cycle, and the Czech Philharmonic’s first survey of this extraordinary symphonic opus since their recording under Vacláv Neumann between 1976 and 1982. Although chiefly active in Vienna during the heydays of his career, Mahler was born in what is now the Czech republic, and through this recording project, he returns to his native soil. For conductor Semyon Bychkov, Mahler’s symphonies are all about expressing the polyphony of life, and recording these works is the fulfilment of a life-long fascination. This cycle deliberately starts with the most popular and frequently-played Fourth, famous for its macabre scherzo, soothing slow movement and heavenly finale, sung by soprano Chen Reiss. The Czech Philharmonic is one of the world’s most acclaimed orchestras, with a rich tradition of performing Czech masters and music from Central Europe. Semyon Bychkov has led the greatest orchestras of the world, and is Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Czech Philharmonic as of the 2018/2019 season. Soprano Chen Reiss frequently appears on the biggest opera and concert stages throughout the world. Chen Reiss, Semyon Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic all make their PENTATONE debut.


The music of Gustav Mahler may have no greater champions than the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Semyon Bychkov, the orchestra's music director since 2018. The Czech Philharmonic's association with Mahler dates back to 1908, when the composer led the orchestra in the premiere of his Symphony No. 7.

Soprano Chen Reiss is a perfect match for the finale. She delivers the light playfulness necessary to depict a child and is equally serious when the mood shifts. The trust and communication between the musicians of the Czech Philharmonic and Bychkov is evident throughout as the orchestra responds to his demands and delivers an exciting and clean reading. One looks forward to further editions in this cycle with anticipation.

-- (Kevin Finke)

Product Description:

  • Release Date: April 08, 2022

  • Catalog Number: PTC5186972

  • UPC: 827949097263

  • Label: Pentatone

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Period: Romantic

  • Composer: Gustav Mahler

  • Conductor: Semyon Bychkov

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic

  • Performer: Chen Reiss


  1. Symphony No. 4 in G Major

    Composer: Gustav Mahler

    Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic

    Performer: Chen Reiss

    Conductor: Semyon Bychkov