Originally Posted by Bunnyears
I think that eventually it will be very common for conductors to record the cycle more than once as Mahler continues to grow in popularity
MORE popular? Is this possible? It seems to me that since Mitropolous, Bernstein and a few others in the 60s unleashed Mahler to the public, his music has been more popular than most any composer's, and many of the symphonies are now staples of the repertoire. Only M8 isn't, and that's because it's so expensive to mount.
I don't look forward to more Mahler cycles, but I know they're coming. Jeez, we have Bernstein(2), Kubelik(2), Haitink(2), Maazel, Tabakov, Solti, de Waart, Sinopoli, Boulez (almost), Inbal, Levine (almost), Kondrashin (mostly), Chailly, and many others with partial sets (Scherchen, Mitropolous, Jarvi, Segerstam, Barbirolli). With this stunning wealth do we really need it? Will there be a market? or will they be doomed to the fate that Barenboim's ill-advised DVD-A Beethoven set had, selling fewer than 600 in it's Teldec incarnation?
What could a DVD set add? Does it really sound better if we can see the performers? I doubt it. But that's not going to stop anyone.
I wish the record companies would instead put money into other music that should be explored more, and like Mahler 50 years ago will eventually attain a more popular status-- if given a chance. It boggles the mind, that conductors still basically ignore the beautiful and exciting music of Franz Schmidt, Alexander Zemlinsky, Joachim Raff, Kurt Atterberg, Richard Arnell, Ernest Bloch, Glazunov, and many others. I love Mahler's music, buy there's a whole lot more out there that is every bit as rewarding.