Originally Posted by Bunnyears
Btw, I picked up the Pearl Mahler recordings (Oskar Fried conducted M2) which were also issued by Naxos and although the sound quality is horrid making it far from my favorite recording, the liner notes are excellent. It's really interesting to see how Fried's tempos were really all over the place. There also was an explanation in the notes that Mahler himself claimed that one should be impulsive when conducting his work, and that what he would do on one occassion could be completely different from what he would do on another occassion. It really conflicts with Kaplan's idea that Mahler had one idea of how his symphony should sound. It also negates purists who complain when any of mahler's instructions for tempi or dynamics are altered. It puts Mahler at the top of the expressive conducting school.
I can see his point. I enjoy the Mahler 4ths by Jascha Horenstein and Benjamin Britten; the former is one of the slowest, and the latter is one of the fastest.