So nice to see the Mahler faithful alive and well........and spending money. Jay
I believe today the new Abbado 2nd will get it's premier at mi casa. Hard to keep up with all the versions out there, but I tend to find a couple conductors who are sympathetic to my taste and then collect most of thier work. The 1980's Abbado Mahler was still work in progress, a learning experience to unravel the many mysteries and complexities of these diffucult works. His 1990/2000's Mahler with BPO is much closer to capturing the true essence of Mahler, he has performed these great works many times now and
has a deeper insight into the music.
The more I listen to the Bernstein/Sony
set from the 1960's the more respect I have for it and Bernstein. I don't know how Bernstein could have come so close to fully capturing the true Mahler spirit when there were so few Mahler recording done before........many of these are better than later Bernstein/DG versions, most other modern Mahler performances by any conductor must take a back seat to these.Sax
I may at some future time acquire the Barbirolli/EMI 6th
, but it is somewhat hard to get for good price domestically now. There are some other Barbirolli 6ths done with BPO that are supposed to be even better performances, but alas in mono sound.............is it true that Barbirolli can be hearding humming during the recording? (this could be annoying)
I think with Karajan 6th his style reminds me of his fine Bruckner/VPO 8th style, perhaps the overall sound is controlled more than it should be and never allowed to seem out of control or wildly passionate (I like that "one breath" analogy and will have to steal it from you). Still a fine performance which is why it was chosen for DG Originals series, but because this is Karajan's nature the Mahler 9th may be his natural element.