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post #856 of 3714
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Originally Posted by Bunnyears
I had a similar problem with an sacd/hybrid recording that would not load in SACD. I think it has to do with the extra information in the encoded layer, but after stopping and reloading a number of times it finally loaded in SACD.

Meanwhile, I have been spinning Yoel Levi/Atlanta SO, which will probably not land up as the number one favorite (to say the least). Reading the notes, it gives cautions about not having the volume too loud lest you blow out your ears (or speakers?) with the hammer blows. The disc also has notations of surround sound, dsd, etc, but I don't find it playing on more than 2 channels no matter what format I try, except for simulated surround.
Some SACDs only have 2 or 3 channels in multichannel mode because the original recordings are 2 or 3 channels. Mixing may destroy the original sound stage, so they keep the format.
post #857 of 3714
New Acquisitions:

Bernstein Sony Set
Klemperer 2
Zander 5 (wanted the fast Adagietto)
Solti 8
Rattle 10

Will report on listening...
post #858 of 3714
Tyson, don't underestimate the competitiveness of the MTT M2, even in such a crowded field. It is my favorite recording of my favorite work, which I guess makes it my favorite album. I think it is the best of the series so far, and as you know I have a very high opinion of the series. Be sure to let us know what you think when you get it and the others you ordered. I'm not crazy about the MTT M3, if I had to give up one of the ones from the cycle so far it would be that one. It's not bad, it's just not up there with the others or with my favorite recordings of that symphony. I have no complaints about any of the other ones and they are all near the top of my list. And they all have stunning sound as a bonus.

-Jay
post #859 of 3714
Well I am 50+ minutes into MTT Mahler 3rd and my amp has not shut down yet (driving the SA5000's). This means that I am now fairly sure that the 2nd disc of the MTT Mahler 9th has serious HF noise issues. I spoke to one of the engineers at Soundmirror mastering studio and he suggested that I bring the disc in next week and we can analyze the content. He said that there are several ways that the disc could end up with significantly more noise than is the norm. With most systems the extra noise (if infact that is the problem) won't be an issue. Seeing how my amp being an OTL that pushes the limits, it seems that it is an issue.

My plan is to do exactly what he suggests. I will post the results when I have them.
post #860 of 3714
Hold the presses! Within 30 seconds of submitting my last post my amp shut down, So much for the bad disc theory.

Let’s just say that at this point it sucks to be me.

At least there is no problem with the MTT Mahler 9th.
post #861 of 3714
Just curious, but what is everyone's favorite symphony out of the 9? I'm a bit of an oddball in that the 7th is actually my favorite. Just something about that fun-house, off kilter, slightly crazy world view in it that appeals to me.
post #862 of 3714
My Favorite is No. 2 followed closely by No. 6
post #863 of 3714
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tyson
Just curious, but what is everyone's favorite symphony out of the 9? I'm a bit of an oddball in that the 7th is actually my favorite. Just something about that fun-house, off kilter, slightly crazy world view in it that appeals to me.
Tyson,

You are probably just a "night owl."
post #864 of 3714
I guess the M2 is my favorite as well, though I love the M3, especially by Chailly, he really made the M3 for me.
post #865 of 3714
I think the 2nd is currently my favorite Mahler, followed closely by 5. My list changes frequently.
post #866 of 3714
Thread Starter 
Subjective ranking of my favorite Mahler symphonies:

1) M2 - godlike, man meets his creator at the end of the mortal world
2) M5,6,7 - music so great that it almost transcends human comprehension
3) M9 - Mahlers final complete symphony, dark clouds on the horizon
4) M1,4 - more earthbound tales of the human condition
5) M3,8,10 - least favorite symphonies
post #867 of 3714
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tyson
Just curious, but what is everyone's favorite symphony out of the 9? I'm a bit of an oddball in that the 7th is actually my favorite. Just something about that fun-house, off kilter, slightly crazy world view in it that appeals to me.
9
6
2
tie: 1,3,5,7
4
8


9 mostly because of the first movement, definately my favorite "movement" of any symphony ever.
post #868 of 3714
I guess I'm fickle. My favorite Mahler symphony is the one I feel like listening to on a particular day. On that day I can listen to the same one over and over and just reject the idea of listening to another! For instance, just last week I listened to about 4 or 5 recordings of the M4 and couldn't even think of another. Before that, I was listening to the M2 over and over for about 6 days, even putting 3 different ones on the ipod. Now, I'm juggling performances of the 6th. Maybe I have a new disorder, MOCD? It's peculiar because until I get M6 out of my system, the MTT M9 will languish in the shrinkwrap.
post #869 of 3714
Have just listened to the MTT M9 and Rattle M8.
First, the Rattle is very good but cannot supplant the Solti M8 (Decca Legends - remastered 96kHz 24-bit). I don't know what it is about the Rattle, but from the opening bars, it is really apparent that the singing is not as good as on the Solti. If the singing isn't really top notch in this symphony, I don't know how anyone can claim that it is so super-super-top-top-top the way gramophon is doing. It's really very good, but not on the same plane as the Solti.

The MTT is another thing entirely. It is excellent. Really superb sound and superb musicianship. However, it does tend to move a bit more slowly in places than I prefer, so I have to rank it as a co-favorite with the Ancerl and Chailly. The Ancerl may just edge it out for artistic impression for me even if the sound quality is not quite as good. It definitely is reference quality though, and when played in SACD extremely intense. (I have to make room for another M9 on the ipod now! Or a good excuse to upgrade to the photo 60gig. )

As for other favorites,

M1: Kubelik, Bernstein DG
M2: undecided, but I have Bernstein (sony), Litton, Blomstedt (maybe cause of the affinity with the themes in the Maestoso) in heavy rotation. The Litton, SACD/hybrid is definitely the top for sound.
M3: Chailly (really has me humming Brahms every time I listen to this!)
M4: undecided, James Levine (new to me!), George Szell, Yoel Levi are all up there.
M5: Kubelik, Bernstein DG,
M6: Bernstein Sony, but I'm not completely happy here with any of the ones I have, including Kubelik and Yoel Levi. This symphony cries for SACD or dvd-a format.
M7: Bernstein Sony, Kubelik DG and MTT/SFSO when it's released. I heard this in concert and MTT really owns this symphony.
M8: Sir Georg Solti, Kubelik Audite -- wonderful singing there!
M9: Karl Ancerl, MTT, Chailly (SACD)
post #870 of 3714
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Originally Posted by Bunnyears
M8: Sir Georg Solti, Kubelik Audite -- wonderful singing there!
I assume that Kubelik is SACD? How does it compare to Solti? I am hunting for a refernce M8.
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