Originally Posted by DarkAngel
Very diverse list you have there covering many styles of Mahler from the searing intensity of Ancerl M9, the elegance of Bertini M7, the clarity of Boulez, the flexibity of Kubelik M1......etc.
Only one that raises my eyebrow slightly is the Slatkin M2, hmmmm
From a live recording from the Vereinsaal, I think that the DG Boulez M2 will end up beating Slatkin; however, he provides the best balance so far. I was tortured deciding between Bernstein's DG disc, with its obvious visceral pleasure, and Slatkin's somewhat cooler record.
Critics seem to call Slatkin's style "measured," which is alright for me. He pays a lot of attention to the score, the tempi, and Mahler's overall phrasing. Does he have the majesty of Klemperer or Bernstein, the fire of Mehta or Barbirolli? No. He gives a cerebral account that works for me. I find it at least as elegant, though in a different way, as Bertini's recordings. In fact, I see Slatkin and Bertini as similar Mahler interpreters.
There are also some inherent problems with a regional band like the SLSO, compared to the Wiener Philharmoniker, but Slatkin seems to get them in sync with his concept.