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post #106 of 3714
i hope that when you were mentioning about lightning striking twice you were talking about the mahler 2 by rattle/cbso.

no matter how many times i listen to it, it never fails to bring tears to my eyes and a shiver down my spine.
post #107 of 3714
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Originally posted by adhoc
i hope that when you were mentioning about lightning striking twice you were talking about the mahler 2 by rattle/cbso.

no matter how many times i listen to it, it never fails to bring tears to my eyes and a shiver down my spine.
I've got the Klemperer Mahler 2, but ordered the Rattle to hear for myself.

post #108 of 3714

Mahler 8 / Solti, CSO

I have been listening to Mahler 8 by Solti/Chicago Symphony Orch. quite a bit lately. I enjoy the performance on this recording, sonics is quite good also. Anyone has any related thoughts/comments on this?


Cheers,
W
post #109 of 3714

Re: Mahler 8 / Solti, CSO

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Originally posted by Wilson
I have been listening to Mahler 8 by Solti/Chicago Symphony Orch. quite a bit lately. I enjoy the performance on this recording, sonics is quite good also. Anyone has any related thoughts/comments on this?


Cheers,
W
Wilson, I'll be sure to let you know, I ordered this one last week! I'm rounding out my Mahler collection and have the following en route:[list=1][*]Mahler: Symphony No 8 / Solti, Chicago So[*]Mahler: Symphony No 7 / Abbado, Chicago So[*]Mahler: Symphony No 6, Lieder / Karajan, Ludwig, Berlin Po[*]Mahler: Symphony No 2 / Rattle, Augér, City Of Birmingham[*]Mahler: Symphony No 10 / Rattle, Berlin Philharmonic [almost forgot this one][/list=1]
post #110 of 3714
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Re: Re: Mahler 8 / Solti, CSO

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Originally posted by fractus2
Wilson, I'll be sure to let you know, I ordered this one last week! I'm rounding out my Mahler collection and have the following en route:[list=1][*]Mahler: Symphony No 8 / Solti, Chicago So[*]Mahler: Symphony No 7 / Abbado, Chicago So[*]Mahler: Symphony No 6, Lieder / Karajan, Ludwig, Berlin Po[*]Mahler: Symphony No 2 / Rattle, Augér, City Of Birmingham[*]Mahler: Symphony No 10 / Rattle, Berlin Philharmonic [almost forgot this one][/list=1]
That is excellent list of Mahlers there.
I also have the Mahler 10 by Rattle but it is his first recording on EMI with Bournemouth Symphony Orch. which is very high energy performance.......only available on used market like Amazon etc.

There are many reasons the Solti/London Mahler 8 has stood the test of time. This was recorded shortly after Solti and the same recording team did the famous complete Wagner Ring cycle, so the sonics are similar.........excellent
post #111 of 3714

Re: Mahler 8 / Solti, CSO

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Originally posted by Wilson
I have been listening to Mahler 8 by Solti/Chicago Symphony Orch. quite a bit lately. I enjoy the performance on this recording, sonics is quite good also. Anyone has any related thoughts/comments on this?
The Solti Mahler 8 is electrifying --- it grabs hold of you and never lets go. It's over-the-top like that. Some Mahler fans don't like it for exactly that reason. The very ending also doesn't quite live up to the energy of the rest of the recording. It's sort of like Solti built up all this excitement, and hit some kind of ceiling and got stuck there --- it's still very exciting, but relative to the rest of the recording, it doesn't build up following its emotional trajectory. Nevertheless, it's my favorite recording of the 8th, and made me love the work.

The sound is all right --- kind of a wall of sound, in-your-face type of recording. Some of the acoustics around the soloists are also weird. But it's very hard to record Mahler 8 well, given its huge forces. I'm looking forward to a hi-res multichannel recording of it, which may go a long way towards solving that problem. The San Francisco Symphony is going to produce a recording of it on multichannel SACD in a couple of years.

--Andre
post #112 of 3714

Re: Re: Re: Mahler 8 / Solti, CSO

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Originally posted by DarkAngel
I also have the Mahler 10 by Rattle but it is his first recording on EMI with Bournemouth Symphony Orch. which is very high energy performance.......only available on used market like Amazon etc.
I'm still looking for that one. I have the catalogue number and everything.

I know the Penguin guide is just a tool, but I've got three copies now (2003/2004 CD/DVD guide, 2002 CD guide, and 1988 CD/Cassette guide) and cross reference recommendations, reissues, and those that are dropped/discontinued etc.
post #113 of 3714
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Originally posted by fractus2

I also have the Mahler 10 by Rattle ...

I'm still looking for that one. I have the catalogue number and everything.

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Fractus,

You can find it at Musical Heritage, go to www.musicalheritage.com and search, or see if this works:

http://www.musicalheritage.com/cgi-b...arg=&mv_pc=459


I got my Solti CD's there.


Regards,
W
post #114 of 3714

Mahler No. 5

Maybe it was mentinoed earlier, but I was reading this review of Mahler 5 and he sure likes this recording. Anyway, I'll post some impressions when it arrives.




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post #115 of 3714
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Originally posted by Canman
I picked up my first Mahler recording, Benjamin Zander Symph.No. 5 on Telarc. I cannot compare the performance to other works but I love the climactic first movement and the soft fourth movements.

The sound is absolutely fantastic, having been recently recorded in DSD. Of course, that means there is also an SACD release of this version.
The ongoing Zander series on Telarc is really exceptional, not so much because of the performances, but because of the wonderful lectures included on bonus CDs with each of the recordings. Perhaps your experience may differ, but I learned a lot from those talks.
post #116 of 3714
Wouldn't you just DIE without Mahler?
post #117 of 3714

Mahler: Symphony No 5, Barshai, Junge Deutche Philharmonie



This is really a great sounding 5th! You'd never guess that the JD Philharmonic is made up of student musicians. Highly recommend this one.

post #118 of 3714
Thread Starter 
OFF TOPIC
Just came back from Border's Bookstore where they have the newest Penguin Classical guide 2003/2004 and the top rated Beethoven Symphony set for them is new Rattle/EMI/VPO which is mid price............I have 7-8 sets already but may have to find room for another.

Haven't listened to any MAHLER for a while now, but am very pleased with my purchase of used Solti/London complete set which I feel is overall superior to Bernstein/Sony........of course individual performances in each set rate differently.
post #119 of 3714
I just got Kenneth Slowik's recent recording of Edwin Stein's reduction of the Mahler 4th symphony on Dorian. The performing forces are the Smithsonian Chamber Players and the Santa Fe Pro Musica, with Christine Brandes singing the last movement.

I think it's a wonderful performance in the most interventionist way. There's lots of rubato and portamento everywhere, but integrated very well into the music so it sounds like a natural part of the music, instead of a gratuitous special effect like other recordings I've heard. From the liner notes, it's apparent that the performers are die-hard Mahler enthusiasts, and fans of Mengelberg and his performance style, and this comes through very clearly in the recording from the very first notes. The main quartet strings are 4 gut-strung Amatis from the Smithsonian's collection, including what they claim is the best-sounding viola in existence! Interestingly, the scordatura violin (the off-tuned violin in the third movement) is a modern violin with steel strings for added contrast.

The result is lots of orchestral color (apparent from the very first notes), and moments that are so concentrated and still (like the opening of the third movement) that the feeling of time is very different than what the otherwise pedestrian timings would indicated (I 17:00, II 8:34, III 21:05, IV 9:28). Even the last movement is different in that it's definitely not a child's take on what heaven would be like.

The recorded sound, especially decoded on an HDCD DAC, is very good, giving a slightly closer perspective, which seems appropriate for a chamber group. The coupling is Schoenberg's reduction of LefG, which is interesting for its singing by a near contralto, Susan Platts.

Anyone else hear this recording?

--Andre
post #120 of 3714
Thread Starter 
This is first I have heard of this...........so this is smaller chamber group version of Mahler 4?

At first thought I would not think composers like Mahler, Bruckner etc would be well served by smaller group performance since their works are long complex pieces that build layer after layer
into grand climaxes.

Does this version really "work" and have the impact/contrast as compared to best full orchestra versions?
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