Originally Posted by DarkAngel
I would love to find a copy of the Kondrashin/CBO/Tahra 7th and compare it to the Melodiya 7th with Lenningrad Philharmonic 1975, it is my reference so naturally would like to hear what Kondy does 4 years later with world class orchestra and better sound.......
The 1959 Mitropoulos 6th with Koln RSO rules all whether historic or modern, the new remaster contained on 2CD Great Conductors of 20th Century sounds pretty good........yet why quibble with sound issues when performances of such great stature exist.
I do notice one "problem" with your list however..........no Bernstein!
I can't ignore sound quality: although there is a lot to enjoy and learn from historical recordings, composers are better served when reproduction quality is as good as possible. I wouldn't be without Mitropoulos, Furtwangler, Toscanini, et al, but sadly they made no recordings in first class sound.
As to Bernstein: I learned Mahler from the Bernstein/Sony set in the LP days. I put them in a special category, not unlike the NY Philharmonics Mahler set, which also omitted all Bernstein. No connductor seemed to understand Mahler like Bernstein, and the problem I have in recommending them is that sometimes I get the feeling that it's hard to tell where Mahler ends and Bernstein begins. The Sony set has sound that was ok in the 1960s, but now is far surpassed. The DG set never thrilled me, except the 3rd. I think his best Mahler was done with the Vienna Philharmonic on DVD -- the 7th is a real hoot!