re-Mahlerizing my iMod
I have every single version of every Mahler symphony I own on my iMod and it came to my attention that that was just insane considering that that is 533 CDs worth of one man's music....though he may be my GOD
Anyway I decided last week to take away all but one recording of each symphony off my iMod. Furthermore I decided the recording of choice would have to be digital because although conductors like Walter, Klemperer and others had a great handle on Mahler's music, I never find myself using the inferior sonics as a reference.
One last thing, to make things more interesting that I would only use one symphony per conductor, this means if used Bernstein for one, I couldn't use him/her for another.
Anyway, after an hour or two of ruling things out, I came up with list for myself....tell me what you think:
Symphony No. 1 - Bernstein with Concertgebouw
Symphony No. 2 - Kaplan with Vienna
Symphony No. 3 - Chailly with the Concertgebouw
Symphony No. 4 - Tilson Thomas with San Francisco
Symphony No. 5 - Gatti with the Royal Philharmonic
Symphony No. 6 - T. Sanderling with St. Petersburg Philharmonic
Symphony No. 7 - Gielen with SWR
Symphony No. 8 - Abbado with Berlin
Das Lied von der Erde - Oue with DeYoung, Villars and Minnesota
Symphony No. 9 - Karajan with Berlin (1982)
Symphony No. 10 - Rattle with Berlin