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post #421 of 2461

Barenboim is eh.

post #422 of 2461

Don't screw with me... this is sounding most righteous. Definitely different than the Kletzki and Gardiner I have, but a really nice interpretation. 

post #423 of 2461

Who are your top 3 Beethoven conductors?

post #424 of 2461
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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. 

 

Would this be a good place to start? http://www.amazon.com/Dvor%C3%A1k-Symphonies-Nos-7-Rafael-Kubelik/dp/B0015RSUMM/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1383278495&sr=8-9&keywords=Kubelik+dvorak

 

I enjoy both symphonies quite a bit so I thought this might be a good one to try.

post #425 of 2461
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Would this be a good place to start? http://www.amazon.com/Dvor%C3%A1k-Symphonies-Nos-7-Rafael-Kubelik/dp/B0015RSUMM/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1383278495&sr=8-9&keywords=Kubelik+dvorak

 

I enjoy both symphonies quite a bit so I thought this might be a good one to try.

 

 

I don't have that one where he's with the Wiener Phil, so I can't comment. I have his complete cycle in which he performs with the Berlin Phil. I don't think you'd regret taking the leap and buying the cycle. The whole thing is awesome:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Dvorak-The-Symphonies-Anton%C3%ADn-Dvorák/dp/B000025802/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383279359&sr=8-1&keywords=Kubelik+dvorak

post #426 of 2461
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I don't have that one where he's with the Wiener Phil, so I can't comment. I have his complete cycle in which he performs with the Berlin Phil. I don't think you'd regret taking the leap and buying the cycle. The whole thing is awesome:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Dvorak-The-Symphonies-Anton%C3%ADn-Dvorák/dp/B000025802/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383279359&sr=8-1&keywords=Kubelik+dvorak

 

Don't think I would regret it either, thanks for the suggestion!

post #427 of 2461

Roger that.

post #428 of 2461
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Don't screw with me... this is sounding most righteous. Definitely different than the Kletzki and Gardiner I have, but a really nice interpretation. 

 

 

I also should add Blomstedt. To be honest, Kletzki and Blomstedt are my two favorite Beethoven cycles at the moment. Although the others have their style to offer. I do enjoy the Barenboim, but it's really colored with his personality. Still very nice.

post #429 of 2461

Thanks to this thread I was turned on to Osmo Vanska's recent cycle with the Minnesota Orchestra, on BIS. Crisp, detailed, dynamic and yet smooth.

post #430 of 2461
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Who are your top 3 Beethoven conductors?

Donhanyi

Cluytens

Kleiber (for the 7th alone)

post #431 of 2461

I know "period instruments" in the context of Beethoven is a touchy subject but last weekend I heard the Hanover Band with Roy Goodman doing Beethoven's 3rd symphony. I found it compelling and exciting. Has anyone else heard the Hanover/Goodman Beethoven symphonies? I'm tempted to invest in a period version of the symphonies but....

post #432 of 2461

No single Mahler set is perfect. But there are some that hit all the marks more often than not and there's nothing to complain about. I tried the MTT SF set and it's merely ok - well played, mostly well recorded. But there's something missing and blame the conductor.  For really great sets:

 

1) Bertini on EMI. Hands down the best overall set - great playing and conducting. Sound is excellent. And it includes Das Lied and the 10th!

2) Solti on Decca. Superior playing, great sound, intense no -nonsense conducting. Electrifying. No 10th or Das Lied.

3) Bernstein on DG. Again no 10th or Das Lied. Well played, insightful, dramatic conducting. Superb, mostly. But the 4th! The last movement with a boy is awful. What was he thinking?

4) Chailly on Decca. Superb playing and recording. Some find them too cool. I have no complaints about anything in the set. Great 10th.

5) Kubelik on DG. Still one of the best. Sound is ok. Lightweight Mahler that I have lived with for 40 years and still love this set.

6) Inbal on Brilliant. 10th and Das Lied included. If you heard live performances like this you'd be wowed. The first digital cd set made, still sounds great. Underrated by many. And great price!

 

If you're looking to get into Mahler, you won't be disappointed with any of these. I'd start with 1 or 6 just because of the completeness.

post #433 of 2461

Also EMI and DG have nice Mahler sets..

 

post #434 of 2461
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Donhanyi

Cluytens

Kleiber (for the 7th alone)

 

Read some good things about these guys. Especially Kleiber's 5th and 7th. Cluyten's caught my interest as well. I've seen that Donhanyi set going for $150....

post #435 of 2461

Tennstedt's Mahler is the best complete set.

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