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post #406 of 2209
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Originally Posted by Edgard Varese View Post
 

 

Try not to let mono sound hold you back.  There are a lot of great DG recordings from the 1950s in mono that sound incredible (examples include those recordings collected on the 10-cd set MUSIK ... SPRACHE DER WELT, which you can listen to for free on DG's site)...

 

Vol I: http://www.deutschegrammophon.com/en/cat/4749802

 

Vol II: http://www.deutschegrammophon.com/en/cat/4775494 (some of this is in stereo)

 

 

Thanks. I'll definitely keep an open mind to that now. 

post #407 of 2209

I tell you what, this Kertesz's Dvorak set is becoming one of my favorite cycles in my quickly growing collection. The only other set that kept me this intrigued was Kletzki's Beethoven.

post #408 of 2209

Looking for a good Mahler symphony recording, any or all of them. Needs to have both a good recording quality and performance, maybe something on sacd?


Edited by HPiper - 10/30/13 at 10:33pm
post #409 of 2209
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Originally Posted by Quinto View Post
 

and I thought I was nuts having 14 or so Mahler cycles :D

That's not nuts - you're just beginning! I have too many Mahler cycles - and the list keeps growing as more are finished. And yet, if I had to trim down to one (Bertini/EMI) I would be ok. I might miss Tennstedt.

post #410 of 2209

Still waiting on my Bernstein's Mahler set to come in....

post #411 of 2209
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Originally Posted by Origin89 View Post
 

I tell you what, this Kertesz's Dvorak set is becoming one of my favorite cycles in my quickly growing collection. The only other set that kept me this intrigued was Kletzki's Beethoven.

 

Glad to hear you are enjoying it. :smile:

post #412 of 2209
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Originally Posted by Origin89 View Post
 

I tell you what, this Kertesz's Dvorak set is becoming one of my favorite cycles in my quickly growing collection. The only other set that kept me this intrigued was Kletzki's Beethoven.


Going to check this out! Dvorak is my favorite.

post #413 of 2209
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Originally Posted by HPiper View Post
 

Looking for a good Mahler symphony recording, any or all of them. Needs to have both a good recording quality and performance, maybe something on sacd?

 

The trouble with Mahler is that one set or cycle is not going to be sufficient, as they vary both in quality (of performance and sound) and interpretation.  There is a cycle by Micheal Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony on SACD which is good, but not great (and not to some people's taste).

 

If you wish, when I have more time I can list out some of my favorites for each of Mahler's symphonies.


Edited by Edgard Varese - 10/31/13 at 2:01pm
post #414 of 2209

I picked-up "Mahler-- The People's Edition" DG box set not too long ago. I'm still digesting it. Worth considering...

post #415 of 2209
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I picked-up "Mahler-- The People's Edition" DG box set not too long ago. I'm still digesting it. Worth considering...

 

This is a pretty good set, some of my favorites on here (Kubelik M1; Bernstein/Vienna M5)...

post #416 of 2209
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Originally Posted by Edgard Varese View Post
 

 

The trouble with Mahler is that one set or cycle is not going to be sufficient, as they vary both in quality (of performance and sound) and interpretation.  There is a cycle by Micheal Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony on SACD which is good, but not great (and not to some people's taste).

 

If you wish, when I have more time I can list out some of my favorites for each of Mahler's symphonies.


I saw the Tilson Thomas set but what I have heard of him in the past left me feeling kind of blah. His approach just seems a bit to laid back and studied for my tastes.

post #417 of 2209
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I saw the Tilson Thomas set but what I have heard of him in the past left me feeling kind of blah. His approach just seems a bit to laid back and studied for my tastes.

 

Yeah, I agree completely.  To me he manages to make Mahler sound kind of boring... and Mahler should never be boring.

 

If you don't mind buying piecemeal, there is a terrific version of M2 by Fischer on SACD:

 

http://www.sa-cd.net/showreviews/3977

 

I don't like the first movement as much as some other conductors (such as Klemperer) but the rest of the symphony is sublime, and the recording is first rate.

 

He has also done M1, M4, M5, and M6 but I haven't heard them.

post #418 of 2209
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Going to check this out! Dvorak is my favorite.

 

Check out Kubelik's cycle as well. It's a smoother more mature approach, which is also excellent. It has a mysterious vibe to it that stands apart from Kertesz's. 


Edited by Origin89 - 10/31/13 at 4:58pm
post #419 of 2209

Neumann's is like that too, with amazing depth in the slow passages.

post #420 of 2209

Neumann is on my list for sure.

 

 

What do you think about Barenboim's Beethoven cycle with the Berlin Staatskapelle? It's sounding pretty excellent so far. 

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