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post #2116 of 3714
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Originally Posted by wakeride74
Ok I now have Symphony No. 2 HYBRID SACD - Slatkin (thanks to PSmith08) and No. 7 Yoel Levi (thanks to Bunnyears). I like No. 7 much more so where should I go from here?
Well, you could get more 7ths. Of the ones I know, Gary Bertini's (alas, only currently available in the complete EMI set), Claudio Abbado's CSO record (on a bargain DGG disc), and Pierre Boulez' all seem well-regarded.

You might try the 5th, if you haven't already. It has a lot in common with the 7th, or at least I think it does. There are a lot of really good recordings of that one. Sir John Barbirolli on EMI GROTC is probably my default recommendation at this point. Von Karajan turned in an oddly compelling and elegant version with the Berliners in the 1970s. It is out on a midprice DG Originals disc. Also on DGG is Claudio Abbado's early-90s recording which is more engaging (in the usual Mahler terms) and traditional than his new cycle (though I don't know if he's redone the 5th yet).

Then, there's the 6th, but I won't get into that.
post #2117 of 3714
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Originally Posted by Masonjar
As for the Andante, I prefer it in the 3rd spot. Pardon my epxression, but it's too big of an emotional release to blow in the 2nd movement position.


-jar
Mwahahahaha!

Agreed
post #2118 of 3714
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Originally Posted by Doc Sarvis
Hey Mark - Any word on the rest of the Zander set?
Doh!

I knew there was something I was supposed to have done this week...

I'll email her, she'd already be out of the office by now.

Mark
post #2119 of 3714
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Originally Posted by PSmith08
I cannot imagine too many better impulse buys. That is one of a very few recordings that I can reasonably call "perfect." Everything really seemed to come together on this record.
Hopefully I will feel the same, though it was only $9.99, I've taken bigger chances.
post #2120 of 3714
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Originally Posted by wakeride74
Ok I now have Symphony No. 2 HYBRID SACD - Slatkin (thanks to PSmith08) and No. 7 Yoel Levi (thanks to Bunnyears). I like No. 7 much more so where should I go from here?
Did I recommend Levi's 7th? that must have been a typo as I don't have that, only his m2, m4, and m6. I didn't even know he had an M7! How did that happen? I'm glad you like it, but now I'm feeling a bit upset.

Well, quick check at Amazon shows that he does have a 7th and that most like it. Strange. It's also pretty cheap with one for sale for about $4.00 so I don't feel that bad.

Note: It's got a gorgeous technicolor sunset on the cover, very fitting for the symphony of the night.
post #2121 of 3714
Quote:
Originally Posted by wakeride74
Ok I now have Symphony No. 2 HYBRID SACD - Slatkin (thanks to PSmith08) and No. 7 Yoel Levi (thanks to Bunnyears). I like No. 7 much more so where should I go from here?
Go for the M6, this time I will recommend the Levi for sure. If you are looking at the M5, try and get the Barshai, it's lots of fun.

Keep listening to all that Mahler and strange things will happen, even to rednecks in blue states. muahahahaha
post #2122 of 3714
With all this bickering and nit-picking over different Mahler recordings, I got to wondering, how cheaply could one assemble a set of symphonies that is at least acceptable, with no stinkers, and a set you could be happy with. So off to Berkshire and here's one possible permutation of the vast amount of material they offer:

1: Levi/Telarc $2.99
2: Farberman/Vox $3.98
3: Kegel/Weltblick $13.98 (ouch!)
4: Litton/Delos $4.99
5: Dohnanyi/London $3.99
6: Farberman/Vox $3.98
7: Levi/Telarc $3.98
8: Haitink/Philips $4.99
9: Lopez-Cobos/Telarc $3.98
10: Chailly/Decca $5.99
DLVDE: Gibson/Chandos $4.99

Total: $57.84

These prices are WAY below their original prices, yet as a set, not such a bargain when considering for this price (or less) you can get fine sets by Kubelik, Bertini, Inbal, Solti, Haitink and others. The 3rd was unexpected, as I picked up the excellent Telarc recording from Berkshire last year for $4. Of course they do have a super-bargain: $30 gets you the whole set on Capriccio and the Sofia Symphony conducted by one Emil Tabakov: they sure have the spirit, but the orchestra is decidedly second-rate.
Nonetheless, for those of you who want to sample some Mahler without breaking the band, Berkshire is a good place to start. If you haven't heard the Farberman recordings, you should! DOn't turn your nose up at them. They were exceptional recordings when they first appeared. The sound is superb, orchestal execution stunning, conducting virile. Well worth owning.
post #2123 of 3714
In my internet wanderings, I found that there was a recording made of a reconstruction of Mahler's Violin Concerto with Pierre Boulez and the CSO. I was wondering if anyone had heard this, and if it was worth making the acquisition of it my latest idee fixe. For whatever reason, none of the big record sites or eBay seem to list it.

I like a good mystery.
post #2124 of 3714
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Originally Posted by Bunnyears
Go for the M6, this time I will recommend the Levi for sure. If you are looking at the M5, try and get the Barshai, it's lots of fun.

Keep listening to all that Mahler and strange things will happen, even to rednecks in blue states. muahahahaha
LOL! I'll check it out and to correct my first post I have No. 6 with Levi per your rec not 7.
post #2125 of 3714
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Originally Posted by wakeride74
LOL! I'll check it out and to correct my first post I have No. 6 with Levi per your rec not 7.
Thank goodness! For a while I thought that I was really losing it. Btw, now that I've looked up the Levi M7, I'm probably going to pick that one up as it seems to have some good reviews and is very well priced as well.
post #2126 of 3714
Thread Starter 
Another M2 has been purchased soon to arrive:



Live mono performance that has been generating buzz........must find out for myself, does Stoki unleash the forces necessary to fully convey the spectacle of the apocalypse ending......or is this another smoothed over restrained walk through?
post #2127 of 3714
It's a truly great performance, and truly bad sound. Such is the fate of recordings made in that awful Albert Hall. The audience noise is very present. Nonetheless, Stoki always was at his best in live performances, and that's what you get here. If you know his RCA recording you know what to expect. Very dramatic, powerful, exciting. And he doesn't tamper with the orchestration too much. This music was made for Stokowski.
post #2128 of 3714
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Originally Posted by DarkAngel
Another M2 has been purchased soon to arrive:



Live mono performance that has been generating buzz........must find out for myself, does Stoki unleash the forces necessary to fully convey the spectacle of the apocalypse ending......or is this another smoothed over restrained walk through?
Stokowski has a Mahler 8th on Music & Arts, but it's not available in the US.


Scott

PS - It's a shame so many historical perofrmances (like most of the Naxos Historical catalog) are not available in the US
post #2129 of 3714
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Originally Posted by PSmith08
I cannot imagine too many better impulse buys. That is one of a very few recordings that I can reasonably call "perfect." Everything really seemed to come together on this record.
I've listened to this a few times, not sure if I'll get used the tenor/barritone, but a wonderful recording none the less.

Scott
post #2130 of 3714
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Originally Posted by scottder
Stokowski has a Mahler 8th on Music & Arts, but it's not available in the US.


Scott

PS - It's a shame so many historical perofrmances (like most of the Naxos Historical catalog) are not available in the US
They may not be available, but they are certainly obtainable. It's easy enough to obtain the titles that are not released in the USA by ordering from amazon uk, or other vendors located abroad.
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