Originally Posted by Bunnyears
How do you feel about taking the Andante second?
How does the Szell compare to the Boulez? Does Boulez take the repeat? I always thought that they would be very similar because they both were real sticklers for total accuracy of score performance.
As to the Andante coming where it does, I really don't know what to think. Both camps make convincing-enough arguments for their stance. The critical edition seems to argue that the Scherzo comes first, and the editors have their reasons. However, Mahler's own indecision really - as far as I am concerned - throws it all into disarray. If Mahler wasn't sure how he wanted it , then how can we have any idea? Both interpretations sound "right" for various reasons, but for uniformity's sake, I prefer the order in the critical edition.