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post #91 of 3714
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Originally posted by Dusty Chalk
NE1 here try this version (besides me, that is)?
Never head that one yet Dusty, how's it sound and what others would you compare it to? I have one version, the EMI Great Recordings: Klemperer. I was just listening to it today too. My favorite Mahler symphony (of the few I have to date).

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post #92 of 3714
Quote:
Originally posted by fractus2
Never head that one yet Dusty, how's it sound and what others would you compare it to?
It sounds exquisite. It's the performance I'm unaware of, since I have no other reference points. (It's the only Mahler symphony I've ever heard -- still need to go shopping with this thread.)
post #93 of 3714
just got back from ripping open the rattle mahler 2 and giving it a listen.

it rocks.

'nuff said. definitely a desert island disc for me.
post #94 of 3714
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Karajan/DG Originals - Mahler 5 & 6
Gave these a listen and am quite impressed, some of the best sound quality I have heard in the entire DG Originals series and the performances I would rank in the top 5 for each symphony (not quite desert island picks )

Again I am surprised with the quality of these performances that Karajan does not have a complete recorded Mahler cycle. I also recently got the Karajan/DG Galleria Mahler 4 and it is pretty good but not in the top 5 I have heard.........very competitive field for Mahler 4.

Also although these are all mid price issues the Karajan Mahler 6 is 2CD set and thus negates the cost advantage over 1CD versions.

Adhoc
Yes the Rattle/EMI Mahler 2 is hard to beat overall with very good sound and riveting final resurrection scence capping a glorious performance.
post #95 of 3714
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Levi/Telarc - Mahler 2
Is this the best sound quality Mahler 2...........it definitley is close to the best along with Litton/Delos etc. but despite the rave reviews I have read the performance lacks the energy I need in the final climax.

Levi's finale gives us a something that sounds more like a solemn procession of nobles with a broad expansive treatment, a shame.
Solti on the other hand gives us a glorious energetic technicolor vision on a massive scale, you listen in awe and question your mortality...........in other words he absolutely nails it

Back to Solti, I have completed listening to his complete Mahler set now with CSO and it is one of the best you can buy. Several performances are near the best I have heard, and sound quality is above average in all cases...........I got my set used at Amazon which was a trendous bargain.

Mahler people..........where are you hiding, come forth.
post #96 of 3714

Chailly

I just finished listening to the 8th conducted by Chailly on Decca (2001). I haven't heard all of Mahler's symphonies yet (only 7 remains), but this my favorite by far. Though this is the only version of the 8th I've heard, I seriously doubt that there is a much better recording. Highly recommended!

I think I will start collecting the 8th...
post #97 of 3714

Mahler Symphony No.2 'Resurrection'

So far my favorite: Klemperer, EMI Great Recordings of the Century. Very interesting that symphonies No. 2, 3, and 4 are a trilogy, based on a collection of German folk poetry from 1808: Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Youth's Magic Horn). Just got No. 3, Rattle EMI Classic (2 disc full price). I can't wait for my No.4 to arrive (Szell / Sony / London Philharmonic Orchestra).

I'm with DarkAngel, more Mahler posts.

post #98 of 3714
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Re: Mahler Symphony No.2 'Resurrection'

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Originally posted by fractus2
So far my favorite: Klemperer, EMI Great Recordings of the Century. Very interesting that symphonies No. 2, 3, and 4 are a trilogy, based on a collection of German folk poetry from 1808: Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Youth's Magic Horn). Just got No. 3, Rattle EMI Classic (2 disc full price). I can't wait for my No.4 to arrive (Szell / Sony / London Philharmonic Orchestra).

I'm with DarkAngel, more Mahler posts.

I think I said this before here somewhere..........the Rattle/EMI Mahler 3 has the best sound quality of any Mahler Cd I have heard to date (matched by performance which is close to the best available, Horenstein/Unicorn probably still best performance here)

Good point Fractus..........which is why several Mahler 4 Cds include the Des Knaben Wunderhorn songs as bonus tracks.

Chailly/London Mahler Series
Radrd I must say I don't own and have not heard any from this series, but various reviews I read comment on fine sound quality.
post #99 of 3714
Just listened to Solti/CSO Mahler 8. A great sounding recording, in terms of fidelity and dynamics. To me it seemed to have a slightly 'distant' perspective; I usually prefer a more immediate sound. Still if you're a fan of this particular symphony, this seems like a fine CD to own.
post #100 of 3714
i since have obtained both mahler's 2nd and 9th for some time now.

the 2nd is the rattle w BSO version

the 9th is the karajan gold version (live)

the performance of the 2nd is simply divine. few recordings posses the ability to send such shivers down one's spine. a fantastic performance with such pathos that leads to such euphoria (such euphoria!), immaculately recorded to boot. in other words, perfect. there are some complaints about the low volume of the choir, but it's not an issue to us headphone users.

as for the 9th, somehow i dont get this interpretation. the strings seem to have more bite and the woodwinds seems more 'sputtery' than what i am used to. i feel that there are also some small issues with synchronisation in the string section at times. emotion wise though - impressive.
post #101 of 3714

Mahler Symphony No. 4



Was listening to this during the ballgame today. Recording sounds great with my DT880s and cdp/receiver combination. Interesting that he wrote this in reaction to an unhappy relationship with an opera house singer. Love those classical album liner notes/booklets (great to read during the commercials).

post #102 of 3714
I picked up my first Mahler recording, Benjamin Zander Symph.No. 5 on Telarc. I cannot compare the performance to other works but I love the climactic first movement and the soft fourth movements.

The sound is absolutely fantastic, having been recently recorded in DSD. Of course, that means there is also an SACD release of this version.
post #103 of 3714

Re: Mahler Symphony No. 4

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Originally posted by fractus2


Was listening to this during the ballgame today. Recording sounds great with my DT880s and cdp/receiver combination. Interesting that he wrote this in reaction to an unhappy relationship with an opera house singer. Love those classical album liner notes/booklets (great to read during the commercials).

ahh the Szell is one of the best 4ths...

-jar
post #104 of 3714
Although it is quite pricey, for those interested in live, historic recordings, this set is quite hard to beat.
post #105 of 3714
Thread Starter 
I haven't heard this, but see where Gilbert Kaplan (ex stockbroker who's only recording is Mahler 2) has recently done a new recording of Mahler 2 on DG that features latest thinking as a result of further Mahler research.

Mahler 2

Surprisingly it is mid price release, but 2CD version. We will have to see if lightning can strike twice.
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