Originally Posted by DarkAngel
If anything the 1982 CSO Mahler 1st is even greater performance than CSO 5th! This is easy first choice over BPO M1 contained in full set which is very good on its own terms. Abbado is full of life and vitality in all these early CSO performances that is completely absent from his later readings.....unfortunately. And the CSO brass is used to full effect making for great drama when required, someone said before the Solti influenced CSO made Abbado more daring/inspired than he is normally with Mahler and I believe it, a match that brings best from both styles.
I have the later DG Masters series CSO M1 CD which also adds M10 Adagio. So now I have CSO 1,2,5,6,7 for Abbado
Interesting note about the Abbado CSO 1982 M1.
This is the first Compact Disc I ever heard. In fact, and I should let HFR Mark tell you this himself, but he bought this cd *before* he actually had a cd player. I just remember the magic of hearing the opening chord of the M1 eminate from the total silence.. it was pretty magical. I'm trying to remember what year that was, it was either 1983 or 1984.
and Mark, didn't you hear some kind of weird edit or "space change" somewhere near the beginning of that M1?