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post #316 of 3714

Mahler on TV

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Originally posted by DarkAngel
Adhoc, read some of these:

Mehta
interesting, I bought this recording (I have the original 2-cd release) after watching Mehta perform the last movement with the NYPhil at the grand re-opening of Carnegie Hall on TV.. I probably have the video tape around somewhere of it. I wish that was recorded (for cd release), because, even though it was on TV, it was probably the best performance of the last movement I've heard.. I bought the cd mainly to have his vision of the last movement on cd, but I do agree that the rest of the performance is great, though I have to admit it's been a long time since I've listened to it, and I was unaware that this particular recording was held in such high esteem.

Another TV performance that knocked my socks off was Dmitri Rostropovich conducting the National Symphony in a performance of the Shostakovich 5th.. amazing.. his most recent Decca cd is great, but it doesn't quite match the intensity of this particular concert (it was from a series called "Live at Wolftrap" or something like that).. I must have watched that tape 100 times back when I was in high school. Guess I was a weird kid.

-jar
post #317 of 3714

Mahler 10th - Wheeler

Has anyone else heard this? It claims to be the only recording of the final Wheeler realization. I came across it in a sale rack at Borders, picked it up, and I'm pleased with what I hear.

The orchestration is much leaner than with Cooke/Mahler, giving the instrumental parts greater clarity. This is enhanced by a recording that provides an attractive soundstage with very good separation among the orchestral sections. The recorded sound isn't up to the Lopez-Cobos/Telarc/Mazzetti, but I find the symphonic argument (for lack of a better word) more coherent.

Anyway, thought I'd contribute to a thread from which I've gleaned much.

BW
post #318 of 3714
Head-Fi encourages so many purchases, it's quickly becoming it's own micro-economy!

Scott
post #319 of 3714
to be honest - looking at the money we've spent - headfi should receive federal funding - it's certainly done it's bit to 'stimulate' the economy.
post #320 of 3714
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Originally posted by adhoc
to be honest - looking at the money we've spent - headfi should receive federal funding - it's certainly done it's bit to 'stimulate' the economy.
I think Jude already gets funding from head-phone and amp makers, but ssshhhh, it's a secret!

Scott
post #321 of 3714

Mahler 2nd.

Finally had a chance to listen to Rattle's Mahler 2nd, I have to say it has some wonderful moments. But I think I prefer the "even handedness" that Klempler brought to it, Rattle has a wodnerful finale, but overall I still like Klempler better.

I may seek out other performances of this symphony, just to see whats out there.

Scott
post #322 of 3714
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Originally Posted by danaa
Well, here's a question for you with a background in listening to different versions of the 6th.

Just got Barbirolli's. Listening on my Senn 650's and, in the left channel, there is an intermittent sound like someone is snoring or, at the very least, breathing heavily near the mike.


I worried that something was going wrong with my headphones/amp, but put on a couple of other CD's and didn't experience the problem.

Anyone else experience this??? Is the CD perhaps defective or does this exist on all of the discs for this recording? Sure hope it's not a defective disc because I ordered it from Germany.

Then again, maybe nobody here owns this particular recording of the 6th. Just wondering.
I haven't heard this particular recording, but I would guess that it's Barbirolli himself. He was known for being rather, um, vocal on the podium. I have his recording of Madama Butterfly, and it's rather disconcerting to hear him moaning and grunting along with the singers!
post #323 of 3714
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Originally Posted by GanChan
I haven't heard this particular recording, but I would guess that it's Barbirolli himself. He was known for being rather, um, vocal on the podium. I have his recording of Madama Butterfly, and it's rather disconcerting to hear him moaning and grunting along with the singers!
another guilty party in this regard was Guiseppe Sinopoli, especially in his performance of the Mahler 5th. I've gotten used to it over the years, but to a newbie it might be pretty annoying.

-jar
post #324 of 3714
I have a few recordings of Mahler's 5th now, going to go through them and see which I like best, just for fun. I still need to pick up Bersteins (the one bundled with the 5th)
post #325 of 3714
Yes, it might be Barbirolli droning along with the music and, if so, he's not very good. One GREAT 6th though.

Scott, you're becoming da Mahler man!!!

When I had to drive around 700 miles this weekend, with most of the driving late at night, I stuck six Mahler recordings in my CD changer. He and Shostakovich/Janacek (from my previous late night driving experience) make the hours of driving go by soooooooo quickly. It was actually enjoyable and I was able to explain to my daughters the main gist of the symphonies. They eventually fell asleep, but Mahler kept me good company.
post #326 of 3714
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Originally Posted by danaa
Yes, it might be Barbirolli droning along with the music and, if so, he's not very good. One GREAT 6th though.

Scott, you're becoming da Mahler man!!!
I don't know about that, I just know what I like. I'm having fun exploring classical music. It's interesting to see different orchestra's and conductors handling of the same music.

I'd love to hear other peoples thoughts on Mahlers 5th. I'm listening to Tennstedt's right now.

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Originally Posted by danaa
When I had to drive around 700 miles this weekend, with most of the driving late at night, I stuck six Mahler recordings in my CD changer. He and Shostakovich/Janacek (from my previous late night driving experience) make the hours of driving go by soooooooo quickly. It was actually enjoyable and I was able to explain to my daughters the main gist of the symphonies. They eventually fell asleep, but Mahler kept me good company.
Heh, my son is almost 2, I can't get him to sit still for anything!
post #327 of 3714
Thread Starter 
Did someone mention Mahler 5? Here is my collection to date:

*** Symphony 5 ***
Bernstein/DG
Bernstein/Sony
Barbirolli/EMI GROTC
Abbado/DG (BPO)
Karajan/DG
Inbal/Denon
Rattle/EMI
Solti/London

There are so many good 5ths out now hard to choose, but if I get to keep only 1 it would be Bernstein/DG. As mentioned earlier here you can buy this now as a 2CD mid price set on DG Panorama series with excellent Mahler 1 thrown in.
post #328 of 3714

Extreme Makeover Mahler

So this woman on "Extreme Makeover" last night had severe hearing loss.. she got some revolutionary new hearing aids.. and was finnally able to her well.. so, they took her to hear the LA Philharmonic.. looked like a rehearsal. Anyway.. they were playing the Adagio from Mahler's 10th! and the woman had tears running down her face.. either finally hearing was so overwhelming to her.. or maybe she was really a Mahler fan

interesting..

-jsr
post #329 of 3714
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Originally Posted by Masonjar
so, they took her to hear the LA Philharmonic.. looked like a rehearsal. Anyway.. they were playing the Adagio from Mahler's 10th! and the woman had tears running down her face.. either finally hearing was so overwhelming to her.. or maybe she was really a Mahler fan
Very interesting! Was it Walt Disney Concert Hall (swoopy-looking, warm wood interior with an organ that looks like a really super-sized order of French Fries)? If so, that was probably Pierre Boulez conducting earlier this past November when they performed the Mahler 10 Adagio and Act I of Wagner's Parsifal. I was there on November 30.

--Andre
post #330 of 3714
Does anyone have impressions of MTT's Mahler work, I keep seeing them on the front page of ArkivMusic.com and am curious.

Scott
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