Originally Posted by Bunnyears
EMI plans to release the complete Bertini Mahler cycle in a "budget" box set on Jan. 10, 2006. Anyone know anything about Bertini's recordings?
I don't think anyone has nailed the closing pages of this symphony better than Bertini (Nagano comes close). It is slow, grand, and overwhelming in its power. I love it, and you can tell everyone is having a field day with it. The brass are going nuts, the organ is great, everything sounds wonderful. If you like your Mahler 8 ending in the spirit of Bernstein, then this perhaps isn't the ending for you, but I encourage you to hear it anyway. I, however, think Bernstein always rushed to the end of this symphony; though his ending on the DG DVD (which BTW is spectacular and should be seen and heard by everyone) is not so rushed like his Sony performance.
All in all, a spectacular recording of the Eighth. I hadn't listened to it in a while, this thread got it back in my CD player.