Originally Posted by Derbyshire
Does anyone own and like the Eloquence rerelease of the Sinopoli/Philharmonia set? It looks like a bargain if only for the song-cycle performances by Terfel and Fassbaender.
I have it and don't like it. Obviously your mileage may vary, but I thought there was nothing special about any of the performances. Sinopoli has nothing to say about this music. The best was the 5th, but it was a very superficial performance, a 'concerto for orchestra'. Even the sound was not great, despite these being relatively recent recordings (I don't remember if it was recorded at the Southbank centre).
For me the main point of interest was comparing the orchestrated early songs with the disc of Hampson conducted by Berio (half of it - the other half is with piano). I'll admit that the Sinopoli has the edge here, although neither version is completely convincing as Mahler.
EDIT: For those interested in this obscure corner of Mahleriana (I think the only thing more obscure would be orchestrations of the early chamber works), Berio
Ablosung im sommer, Zu strassburg auf der Schanz, Nicht wiedersehen, Um schlimme kinder artig zu machen, Frulingsmorgen, Hans und Grete, Ich ging mit lust durch einen grunen wald, Phantasie (aus Don Juan), Scheiden und Meiden, and Erinnerung (twice, for some reason).Harold Byrns
Ablosung im sommer, Zu strassburg auf der Schanz, Nicht wiedersehen, Um schlimme kinder artig zu machen, Frulingsmorgen, and Selbstgefuhl (the only one not also orchestrated by Berio).Edited by eyeresist - 6/12/14 at 7:47pm