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post #2611 of 3714
Thread Starter 
Top 5 list 7/2006

1)Bernstein/Sony + Solti/LSO/Decca Legends + Kubelik/Audite + Scherchen/Westminster + Abbado/CSO/DG
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2)Solti/CSO/London + Bernstein/Sony + Mehta/Decca Legends + Kaplan/Conifer + Litton/Delos
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3)Horenstein/Unicorn + Bernstein/Sony + Kondrashin/Melodiya + Tennstedt/EMI + Solti/London
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4)Szell/Sony + Inbal/Dennon + Levine/RCA + Welser Most/EMI + Bernstein/DG
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5)Bernstein/DG + Kondrashin/Melodiya + Sinopoli/DG + Gatti/Musical Heritage + Barshai/Brilliant
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6)Mitropoulos/EMI Great Conductors + Kondrashin/Melodiya + Bernstein/Sony + Eiji Oue/Fontec + Tennstedt/EMI
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7)Kondrashin/Melodiya + Bernstein/Sony + Kubelik/Audite + Abbado/CSO/DG + Solti/London + Scherchen/Westminster
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8)Horenstein/BBC Legends + Solti/Decca Legends + Rattle/EMI + Bernstein/Sony + Bertini/EMI
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9)Ancerl/Supraphon Gold + Kondrashin/Melodiya + Bernstein/Sony + Kubelik/Audite + Karajan/DG (live)
post #2612 of 3714
Well, I was able to listen to the Horenstein M8, and I agree that it's a magnificent performance. What it lacks in overdub polish (like his M3, Horenstein's M8 has a few wrong notes), it more than makes up for in a sense of occasion. It's a wonderful recording, mainly because it creates a feeling for the "hugeness", the expansiveness of this work when it is played live. The texture of this recording is remarkable, especially since it was made in 1959 at a live performance.
post #2613 of 3714
Just a note on M7 - I finally am "getting" Kondrashin's M7 - after owning it for over a year! When I first heard it, my thought was that it was too frantic, especially in the Largo. But now, after listening to many other M7s and gaining a greater appreciation for the piece in general, I hear it for the masterpiece of energy that it is.

Kondrashin now ties with Levine for my fave M7. Thanks DA for the recommendation, way earlier in this thread...
post #2614 of 3714
Darkangel, do you really prefer Abbado's earlier CSO recording of Mahler 1 to his newer Berlin Phil one? I'd agree with you on the 7th but not so sure about the 1st. It's available on video also and is an awesome performance.

His 8th with Berlin Phil ain't half bad either.
post #2615 of 3714
I suppose I should give my new and shiny top picks list:

1. Kubelik (DG) / Boulez (DG)
2. Tilson Thomas (SFSO) / Boulez (DG) / Mehta (Decca)
3. Boulez (DG) / Bertini (EMI)
4. Levine (RCA) / Abbado [2006] (DG)
5. Abbado (DG) / Barenboim (Teldec)
6. Mitropoulos (EMI/GC) / Abbado [2006] (DG)
7. Abbado (DG) / Barenboim (Warner) / Bertini (EMI)
8. Nagano (HM) / Solti (Decca) / Bertini (EMI)
9. Ancerl (Superaphon) / Boulez (DG) / Barbirolli (EMI)
10. Ormandy [Cooke I] (Sony)
Das Lied. Bernstein (Decca)
Das klagende Lied. Boulez (Sony)
post #2616 of 3714
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by lwd
Darkangel, do you really prefer Abbado's earlier CSO recording of Mahler 1 to his newer Berlin Phil one? I'd agree with you on the 7th but not so sure about the 1st. It's available on video also and is an awesome performance.

His 8th with Berlin Phil ain't half bad either.
Yes I do........I do also own the Abbado/BPO/DG M1 but prefer his earlier CSO version. Really in every case I can think of where a CSO version exists I prefer them over Abbados various later takes, I am referring only to CD versions.

Doc
The day I picked up that Kondrashin/Melodiya Mahler set (1,3,4,5,6,7,9) was huge event in my Mahler journey, essential Mahler listening! Kondrashin has 5 spots in my top 5 list.
Kondrashin
post #2617 of 3714
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Originally Posted by MatsudaMan
Mahler 5/Vienna Phil/Rattle
Excuse me, but the only Mahler 5 that I know of by Rattle is with the Berlin Philharmonic, not the VPO.
post #2618 of 3714
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Originally Posted by DarkAngel
I have the Wit/Naxos M8
I must admit a let down from all the usual hype at CT.com (should know better by know) an earthy elegant performance of delicate gossamer beauty with fabulous sound recording.......a bit too relaxed overall for my tastes compared to Horenstein, Bernstein, Solti etc.....lacks the tension and drama those versions convey when needed, was not knocked out and a bit underwhelmed. This one has been oversold by the talking heads with too much latest FOTM hype.

Wit is most similar in style to Bertini/EMI.......almost flip a coin which one to include in top 5 list, the Bertini has equally fabulous sound quality. Really the edge should go to Bertini since he comes on 1CD, and actually is a bit more dramatic overall........so top 5 list is set:

1)Horenstein/BBC Legends (Mark was right this rules all M8s)
2)Solti/Decca Legends
3)Rattle/EMI
4)Bernstein/Sony (would be higher but sound quality is weak)
5)Bertini/EMI
Good to know! I love the Bertini M8, and now don't feel as pressured to get the Wit, although I'm on the verge of getting the Nagano. It's the SACD format that's got me interested despite the stiff price.
post #2619 of 3714

Mahler 2nd from Library

Canyon Classics 1994

Mahler 2.

Neumann, Czech PO

Digital Recording, 1993.

I was previously familiar with the older analog recording by the same conductor/orchestra.

Anyone familiar with this one?

Just listened to 1st movement and it's pretty similar to how I remember his other 1st movement being from his older (1970s ??) recording. Probably one of the fastest that I've heard in a long long time, but it still keeps the feeling of the work pretty well.

I didn't even know Neumann lived to do another Mahler cycle!

-jar
post #2620 of 3714
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Bunnyears
Good to know! I love the Bertini M8, and now don't feel as pressured to get the Wit, although I'm on the verge of getting the Nagano. It's the SACD format that's got me interested despite the stiff price.
I know maestro Rattle is not your main man.........but you should pick up his new M8 at YM.com, well worth $6 and one of the very best M8s out there. Even DH at CT.com had to admit that Rattles M8 is good in his review which is really saying something

(looks like YM currently not stocking Rattle M8, but I got mine there recently)
post #2621 of 3714
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Originally Posted by Bunnyears
Good to know! I love the Bertini M8, and now don't feel as pressured to get the Wit, although I'm on the verge of getting the Nagano. It's the SACD format that's got me interested despite the stiff price.
The price is stiff, yes. But well worth the price of admission if you ask me. The sound is simply incredible in multichannel SACD. I also love the performance; easily competitive with the best M8s out there, IMHO.

I also love the Bertini M8, probably my favorite M8. I just love the ending to the symphony under Bertini, slow and grand! I'm sure the brass players were hurting, but hey, it's worth it! (And I'm a conductor and horn player)
post #2622 of 3714
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Originally Posted by DarkAngel
Yes I do........I do also own the Abbado/BPO/DG M1 but prefer his earlier CSO version. [/URL]
I agree, too. Abbado's CSO M1 has an inner life that the BPO recording doesn't have. It just sounds more "into it" to my ears.

Mark
post #2623 of 3714
No time to scan the whole thread, so I'm not sure if these have been discussed before - but I just got symphonies nos. 5 & 9 with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Benjamin Zander.
As with all other Mahler recordings from the Philharmonia / Zander, both CDs include a second and third CD respectively, including Zander's introduction with musical examples (quite interesting).
Zander is a wonderful Mahler conductor and the recordings (Telarc) are technically first rate as well (though the 9th as a live recording from Barbican Hall sounds accordingly a little shut in, but the Philharmonia's playing - as always - is just great.
post #2624 of 3714
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Originally Posted by MTL
No time to scan the whole thread, so I'm not sure if these have been discussed before - but I just got symphonies nos. 5 & 9 with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Benjamin Zander.
As with all other Mahler recordings from the Philharmonia / Zander, both CDs include a second and third CD respectively, including Zander's introduction with musical examples (quite interesting).
Zander is a wonderful Mahler conductor and the recordings (Telarc) are technically first rate as well (though the 9th as a live recording from Barbican Hall sounds accordingly a little shut in, but the Philharmonia's playing - as always - is just great.
I just got Zander's M3 and am quite impressed with it. He certainly is a gifted Mahler conductor.
post #2625 of 3714
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Originally Posted by MTL
No time to scan the whole thread, so I'm not sure if these have been discussed before - but I just got symphonies nos. 5 & 9 with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Benjamin Zander.
As with all other Mahler recordings from the Philharmonia / Zander, both CDs include a second and third CD respectively, including Zander's introduction with musical examples (quite interesting).
Zander is a wonderful Mahler conductor and the recordings (Telarc) are technically first rate as well (though the 9th as a live recording from Barbican Hall sounds accordingly a little shut in, but the Philharmonia's playing - as always - is just great.
I have the whole Zander set and generally love it - they are also a good place to "jump into the water".

Mark from HFR is an expert on them as well.

Try his M1!
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