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post #1516 of 9004

Wow - thank you for the heads up! Order placed.

post #1517 of 9004
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In what may be the buy of the year, right now Arkivmusic.com has the Zinman set of Mahler symphonies 1-10 on sale for an astonishing $29.99! 

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Thanks for the tip! Never been huge into Mahler, but at this price...

post #1518 of 9004

In the same subject, one can grab Bernstein's NYPO Mahler cycle (Sony) for extra 9 USD

http://www.amazon.com/Mahler-Complete-Symphonies-Gustav/dp/B005SJIP1E/ref=sr_1_16?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1395265502&sr=1-16

post #1519 of 9004
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In the same subject, one can grab Bernstein's NYPO Mahler cycle (Sony) for extra 9 USD

http://www.amazon.com/Mahler-Complete-Symphonies-Gustav/dp/B005SJIP1E/ref=sr_1_16?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1395265502&sr=1-16

 

Worth the difference IMO.

post #1520 of 9004

Since we're on Mahler, my favorites are:

 

No. 2  Kubelik, Tennstedt, Stokowski, Klemperer

No. 3  Horenstein LSO
No. 5  Solti (early version, CSO 1970)

No. 6  Bernstein (later version on DG), sentimental attachment to Szell with Cleveland

post #1521 of 9004
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....sentimental attachment to Szell with Cleveland

+1 on sentimentality of Szell.

 

And,

Due to many great recordings and concerts Mahler is tough fo me to pull favorites.There has also been a good deal said on this thread already BUT...

 

I'd read about this recording of the 9th several times:

 

 

 

 

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......and finally got the chance to hear it and was quite taken back.

Really illuminated things I hadn't heard before and just rock solid.

Heard new things and the familiar was also fresh and powerful etc...

 

Haven't listened to the Boulez recordings here yet though.

They seem a bit anti-climactic after the Mahler.

 

Highly recommended IMO


Edited by perhapss - 3/19/14 at 10:25pm
post #1522 of 9004

Speaking of sentimentality of Szell in my life,

 

 

Now that spring is here, a notable performance of Schumann's 1st.

He does fine with the others as well but the 1st is special to me.

post #1523 of 9004
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Speaking of sentimentality of Szell in my life,

Now that spring is here, a notable performance of Schumann's 1st.
He does fine with the others as well but the 1st is special to me.

I used to listen to the opening of the first movement of his Brahms 1st twice at full blast right before exams in college in order to frighten myself. No exam could be so scary after that.

I still use his Brahms 1st piano concerto with Serkin as my reference disk to test headphones for how well they play that subgenre and for accuracy of soundstage.
post #1524 of 9004
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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post
 

Since we're on Mahler, my favorites are:

 

No. 2  Kubelik, Tennstedt, Stokowski, Klemperer

No. 3  Horenstein LSO
No. 5  Solti (early version, CSO 1970)

No. 6  Bernstein (later version on DG), sentimental attachment to Szell with Cleveland


Mahler tends to heat the discussion. So I will put some more gasoline on the fire. :)

 

No 1 Kubelik - The most easy listening Mahler Symphony in my opinion. Kubelik makes it even smoother.

No 9 Walter (the historical one from 1938) - a few pages back bigshot posted the transfer of this symphony. I own the Dutton CD. It is far from being the best reading of this symphony but its historic context makes it impressive.

post #1525 of 9004
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Worth the difference IMO.


With all due respect to Zinman, I agree.

post #1526 of 9004
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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post
 

Since we're on Mahler, my favorites are:

 

No. 2  Kubelik, Tennstedt, Stokowski, Klemperer

No. 3  Horenstein LSO
No. 5  Solti (early version, CSO 1970)

No. 6  Bernstein (later version on DG), sentimental attachment to Szell with Cleveland

Another vote for 2nd Stokowski, 5th Solti.

 

Sentimental attachment to 6th Neumann with Czech Philharmonic Orchestra on Supraphon LP : seen here 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/G-Mahler-Symphony-No-6-V-Neumann-CPO-Supraphon-1980-2-LP-nm-/171216002952?nma=true&si=gXKjCcZB69PRkK%252FXSLxTRjwtEDQ%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

 

The whole Mahler cycle by Neumann : http://www.discogs.com/Gustav-Mahler-Czech-Philharmonic-Orchestra-V%C3%A1clav-Neumann-Complete-Symphonies/release/4522194

post #1527 of 9004
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With all due respect to Zinman, I agree.

Nothing against Zinman. 

 

Bernstein's Mahler is just of such legendary stature I think it's worth a listen for anyone.

post #1528 of 9004
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Another vote for 2nd Stokowski, 5th Solti.

 

Sentimental attachment to 6th Neumann with Czech Philharmonic Orchestra on Supraphon LP : seen here 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/G-Mahler-Symphony-No-6-V-Neumann-CPO-Supraphon-1980-2-LP-nm-/171216002952?nma=true&si=gXKjCcZB69PRkK%252FXSLxTRjwtEDQ%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

 

The whole Mahler cycle by Neumann : http://www.discogs.com/Gustav-Mahler-Czech-Philharmonic-Orchestra-V%C3%A1clav-Neumann-Complete-Symphonies/release/4522194

 

I actually listened to the entire Neumann cycle this winter and found it quite enjoyable.

I considered mentioning it here but you beat me to it.

post #1529 of 9004
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I actually listened to the entire Neumann cycle this winter and found it quite enjoyable.

I considered mentioning it here but you beat me to it.

Mahler once said: I am three times "homeless"; as Bohemian under Austro-Hungarian empire, as Austrian under Germans - and as a Jew in the whole world.

 

Maybe not with the exact wording, but certainly to the above effect.

 

So including his native countrymen musicians playing his music does make sense; nothing against conductors already mentioned with Mahler, but Neumann does give yet another dimension/understanding of his music. 

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Originally Posted by analogsurviver View Post
 

Mahler once said: I am three times "homeless"; as Bohemian under Austro-Hungarian empire, as Austrian under Germans - and as a Jew in the whole world.

 

Maybe not with the exact wording, but certainly to the above effect.

 

So including his native countrymen musicians playing his music does make sense; nothing against conductors already mentioned with Mahler, but Neumann does give yet another dimension/understanding of his music. 

 

Then I'll have to hear it. Thanks.

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